Greater Manchester:Taking Charge of Health & Social Care

Publish Date: 15/02/2016

For the first time Greater Manchester is taking charge of the £6 billion spent on health and social care in its ten boroughs. Making decisions about some of the most important things in our lives – including health and social care.

LGBT Foundation have joined  a regional collective of organisations  to help our communities share their thoughts on what stops or helps people from taking charge of their health and making healthy choices.

The goal is to see the greatest and fastest improvement to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people in Greater Manchester: Bolton,Bury,Manchester,Oldham,Rochdale,Salford, Stockport,Tameside,Trafford,Wigan.

To leave your views on how this can be achieved please take the survey: https://takingchargetogether.org.uk/

This includes LGBT people and evidence shows that some LGBT people have poorer health outcomes; poorer wellbeing; and greater health needs compared to the general population. This is further exacerbated by the barriers LGBT people face when accessing public services.

About Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution

Greater Manchester (GM) is taking control of £6 billion of public funding for health and social care from April 2016.

It will involve the transfer of certain powers and responsibilities from national government to all 37 NHS and local authorities in GM.  

Putting power into the hands of local decision-makers means they can better meet the needs of the people who live and work in this region.

The challenge is big; the money available for our public services is reducing every year. But the opportunity is also huge and our goal is to see the greatest and fastest improvement to the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people in the towns and cities of Greater Manchester.

To help achieve this goal there is a five-year vision for better health and social care in Greater Manchester which has been shaped by each of the ten borough plans.

To find out more about this and the continuing conversations happening locally see here

LGBT Health & Social Care

We estimate that Lesbian, Gay ,Bisexual & Transgender people make up between *5-7% of the UK population identifies as LGB. (*Dept. of Trade and Industry, 2004).

As Greater Manchester is an urban centre with Manchester’s unique Gay Village at its heart, it is likely to have an LGB population at the higher end of the scale approximately *188,000 people. (Greater Manchester total population of *2,682,500 (ONS, 2011).

Additionally, around 1% of the population does not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, adding up to a further  *27,000 people in Greater Manchester. GIRES, The Number of Gender Variant People in the UK – Update 2011) 

Together, that’s about *215,000 LGB&T people living across Greater Manchester; a figure larger than the entire population of Rochdale. (*ONS, 2011).

Taking Charge Together –Have Your Say

Across Greater Manchester  organisations are working  together to find solutions together about  and your opinion matters. This is your opportunity to  share your thoughts, struggles and successes in making healthy lifestyle choices, as the region prepares to take responsibility for a £6billion health and social care budget.

The results of the Taking Charge Together campaign will help shape health and social care plans across Greater Manchester for the next five years.

To  help  build a collective understanding of what stops or helps people from taking charge of their health and making healthy choices. There is

Please fill in the health snapshot questions, enter your email address and get an exclusive access to the online conversation with people across Greater Manchester. By sharing your views in the online conversation you will also be entered into a prize draw for your time.

To leave your views please take the survey here