People across Greater Manchester are being asked to share their struggles and successes in making healthy lifestyle choices.
• helping health and care officials to design services that can deliver the greatest and fastest improvement in the region’s health and wellbeing
• identifying great work in the region that can be celebrated and developed at scale across the region
Greater Manchester’s Director of Population Health Transformation, Wendy Meredith, said: “Traditionally, health organisations have been the ones talking about the health of the population, but we want the 2.8 million people of Greater Manchester to shape the conversation through this innovative campaign.
“Taking Charge Together will help us to get a picture of how people are feeling, what stops them being healthy and what ideas they have to make changes – all this kind of information will help influence future plans for the delivery of health and social care so it is crucial as many people as possible tell us what they think.”
The questions are being posed as Greater Manchester prepares to take charge and responsibility for a £6billion health and social care budget which will be used to tackle some of the worst health problems in the country.
For example, more than two thirds of early deaths in GM are caused by behaviours which could be changed. And, nearly 25% of the GM population have a mental health or wellbeing issue which can affect everything from health to employment, parenting and housing.
Greater Manchester will launch a new-five year vision for health and social care services in April 2016, and therefore health and social care officials are keen to get as many people as possible involved in discussions through the survey and online conversations.
Lord Peter Smith, Chair of GM Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board, said: “At the heart of our approach to devolution is an understanding that we need to develop a better, more collaborative, relationship with the people of Greater Manchester - the long term health and wellbeing of the region’s 2.8 million residents will only be secured with their support.
“There is a wealth of knowledge and opinion to tap in to across the region and this campaign provides everybody, from the general public to health and social care employees, with an opportunity to tell us their ideas for improving the health and wellbeing across the region.”
The different elements of the campaign have been designed and overseen by a collaborative group, with representatives from the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community sectors and the media. The volunteer sector will also play an important role by carrying out over 100 local and regional community events for specific audiences.
Taking Charge Together will target different audiences via three main routes: