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Past Events

On December 5th we launched a Manchester Collaborative Flexible Working Community of Practice. Following on from the extremely well attended roundtable on flexible working in July, we know many local organisations were keen to develop their own working practices around flexible working, so we launched a Community of Practice to help share learning and provide inspiration. We aim for this to be a bi-monthly community which will run over the coming months, building on your expertise to take forward your own flex working projects.

At this launch event we covered:

  • Why are we here? Agreeing the purpose, ground rules and aims of this CoP – helping shape the forward agenda
  • Inspiration – stories from organisations who have taken a more proactive approach to flexible working
  • The Flex Essentials – what do you need to start making change happen in your organisation? 
  • Personal action planning – what do you want to have achieved before we meet again?

As part of the recent developments to bring together a coherent Workforce and Leadership offer across Greater Manchester, an invite was sent out to take part in one of four co-production workshops that ran across September to contribute ideas, input into the evolving plans, and help co-design the priorities and approaches that can be taken to realise these ambitions.

For more information on the event and how you could still be involved please contact: or

On the 4th of September, GMHSCP held their second event focusing on Allied Health Professions in Manchester following on from our ‘Shaping the Future’ event in November 2018 where they started to think about what their GM AHP strategy might look like.

The aims of the day were to: provide an update on GMHSCP transformation programmes and strategic workforce objectives, launch and showcase the GM AHP Strategy, and celebrate the achievements of the GM AHP workstreams

Speakers included:

  • Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England
  • Jon Rouse, Chief Officer, GMHSCP
  • Vicky Halliwell, Deputy Dean, School of Health and Society, University of Salford (GM AHP Workforce Group Chair)

This event was particularly useful to GM AHPs in provider organisations in all settings, including primary and social care, as well as senior leaders responsible for AHPs in provider organisations and HEIs.

We would like to spread the word even further regarding the Building a Career in Primary Care Careers & Jobs Fair taking place on 3rd April at 2-7pm. Where possible please let your fellow colleagues and stakeholders know about this event through your own e-bulletins and comms channels. You could also retweet messages from our account @gm_hsc

Event: Building a Career in Primary Care Careers & Jobs Fair Location: Charter Foyer, Manchester Central Convention Complex, M2 3GX
Date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Time: 2pm - 7pm
How to book:
Details: Come along to the first Greater Manchester-wide career and jobs fair for general practice, pharmacy, dentistry and optometry. It is a free event and open to education leavers, job seekers, career changers, health and care professionals or those looking to start a career in the sector.
There will be a whole host of stands that highlight the different careers available in primary care; from medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, to healthcare assistants, practice managers, wider support roles and many more. There will be advice on hand regarding the pathways into the sector – from apprenticeships, to college courses, degrees and further professional development. Attendees will also have the chance to speak to education and training providers and find out how to apply for current vacancies.

On the 12th March, our latest Summit focused on our ‘Filling Difficult Gaps’ strategic priority and involved key discussions
and workshops on areas such as our 2019/20 priorities as a Collaborative, preparing our workforce
for the digital future, international recruitment and the Greater Manchester Model for Public Service.

On Friday 30th November we hosted the first Greater Manchester-wide event to engage Allied Health Professions (AHPs) and senior leaders in the new AHP workforce programme and to begin the production of a Greater Manchester AHP workforce strategy. 

The Grow Our Own Summit, took place on Monday 8th October 

This event focused on our ‘Grow Our Own’ strategic priority and involved key discussions and presentations on those areas where we are working together across Greater Manchester to grow our own workforce. It built on the success of the first meeting in January; providing key updates, followed by interactive workshops. 

The event was a valuable opportunity to receive updates on Greater Manchester-wide initiatives, as well as a chance for localities to share their experience and any best practice. Our workshops then focused on gaining valuable input from all attendees on key areas where we have agreed to work collectively. 

The MJ Awards are an annual celebration of Local Government Achievements held since 2014. This year, North West Employers organised the event to showcase the five award winners at this year’s MJ Awards. 

Fourteen outstanding health and care champions have been celebrated as winners at the first ever Greater Manchester-wide awards for our health and care workforce at the Museum of Science and Industry on Friday night (Friday 13th July). 

Mental health social worker Simone Litvaitis, from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, was crowned the People’s Champion, after being nominated by a service user who says her support changed, and probably saved their life. The Village Angels and Haven Volunteers were recognised for their commitment to keeping people safe in Manchester’s Gay Village with the Dedication to Volunteering Award.

Special recognition was also given to Greater Manchester’s 280,000+ unwaged carers, as three nominated carers were invited on stage to accept the Outstanding Carer Award on behalf of all unwaged carers. 

The event was hosted by BBC North West Tonight’s Annabel Tiffin and was attended by over 200 guests, including nominees and their family and friends, their nominators, and health and care leaders from across the region.

The awards were organised by the workforce team at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. 

The event was kindly sponsored by Gold Sponsor GE Healthcare Partners, as well as Centrica, the Growth Company, Health Innovation Manchester, Hempsons, Hits Radio, KPMG, NHS Professionals, all four Greater Manchester universities, Neyber, PA Consulting and Salary Finance. 

The event was a real success and we have already received lots of positive feedback from those who attended. We will shortly be undertaking a full evaluation of the awards to agree a plan going forward. You can find out more about the event and see photos of our winners here.

On 15th January 2018 over 100 representatives from NHS organisations and local authorities across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs, as well as representatives from universities, trade unions, carers groups and many more attended the first meeting of the wider Workforce Collaborative. The event was a valuable opportunity for those who had not yet been involved to understand the Collaborative’s vision for 2021 and for all attendees to understand what progress had been made to date. Attendees also took part in workshops which outlined and sought feedback on key programmes of work, including; the employer brand and benefits package, a leadership development framework, workforce planning for the future and widening access to apprenticeship programmes. The event was a real success which saw all attendees sign up to be members of the Collaborative and outline their commitment to supporting the delivery of the Greater Manchester Workforce Strategy.