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Could Manchester be a model for the future of the NHS?

The House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS will next week take evidence from the leaders of the new Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the devolved body that who now controls a £6bn annual budget to deliver health and social care in Greater Manchester.

The Committee will explore whether the pioneering devolved model in Manchester could provide lessons that different regions or UK as a whole could learn from when delivering sustainable health services to an ageing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs.

The evidence sessions will start at 10:05am on Tuesday 29 November in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. Giving evidence to the Committee will be:


  • Ms Nicky O'Conner, Chief Operations Officer, Greater Manchester Strategic Health and Social Care Partnership Board
  • Mr Steve Wilson, Executive Lead, (Finance and Investment), Greater Manchester Strategic Health and Social Care Partnership Board
  • Professor Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
  • Professor Kieran Walshe, Professor of Health & Policy & Management, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester


  • Dr Ron Zimmern, Chairman, PHG Foundation
  • Mr Andy Williams, Chief Executive, NHS Digital
  • Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine , University of Oxford


  • Professor Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, UCL
  • Mr Mark Davies, Director, Health and Wellbeing, Department of Health
  • Mr Adrian Masters, Director for Strategy, Public Health England

In the first session the questions will cover the impact of devolution on health and social care in Greater Manchester including how funding is now distributed differently around the system, the effect on workforce planning and what benefits the devolution has produced in integrating health and social care services.

The second session will focus on the technological developments that will have the greatest long-term impact on NHS sustainability, how the NHS can be encouraged to adopt new technologies and how better use of patient data could improve efficiency in the NHS.

The final session will focus on prevention and how preventative and early intervention can help achieve a healthy population and reduce overall costs. The session will also cover what can be done to strengthen the approach to prevention and early intervention in mental health.

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