Manchester COVID-19 Local Prevention and Response Plan
The Manchester COVID-19 Local Prevention and Response Plan was first published in June 2020. The plan took a broad approach to how we would work together to tackle the COVID pandemic and included how we would both prevent COVID cases and respond to COVID outbreaks and situations.
We have learned a lot in the past 12 months and have strengthened and adapted our approach to respond in the best way we can with the evidence available to us.
We have embodied the Our Manchester way of working and demonstrated Our Manchester behaviours:
- listening, learning and responding,
- starting from strengths,
- working together,
- building relationships,
- working collaboratively with others, including our local communities and our Greater Manchester and Public Health England (PHE) colleagues.
We have strong leadership, clear governance and oversight arrangements in place and a Framework that describes our Manchester Test and Trace Programme and strategic and response teams.
Our thoughts are with those who have lost their lives and their loved ones and people struggling as a result of the COVID pandemic, through health, economic or social reasons.
We are proud of the way our residents and people working in Manchester have worked together and supported one another throughout the pandemic. The number of volunteers coming forward to support essential work has been staggering.
Our commitment to preventing and reducing COVID transmission and save lives is unfaltering, as is our focus on reducing inequalities relating to COVID.
Our plan was refreshed in March 2021 and endorsed by Manchester’s Health and Wellbeing Board on 24 March 2021. It is set out to show the read across to themes contained in the original plan, incorporating new developments such as the vaccine roll out and responding to Variants of Concern.
Several case studies are included and the learning from these will inform future planning.
The plan aims to give assurance that the right systems and processes are in place for the management of COVID-19 and the prevention of future cases at a local level in Manchester.
It is not intended to give operational detail of how individual outbreaks in specific settings and circumstances will be managed for professionals or to give advice to the public.
The plan, which is a working document, has been co-produced and will continue to evolve and be informed by local circumstances, emerging evidence and ongoing engagement with our residents and communities.