IRU - Monday 9th May 2022

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Monday 9th May 2022

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Last week we asked you 'Do you know what an integrated care system (ICS) is?'

Just over 70% of respondents said that they haven't heard of an integrated care system. To explain in more detail The Kings Fund has kindly produced some resources that you can find by clicking on the button below.

Integrated Care Systems explained

Watch the video below on Integrating Health and Care in Stockport

Will you take part in today's poll? 

News from Healthwatch England

Healthwatch England chair to step down

Sir Robert Francis QC to step down as Healthwatch England chair and from the Care Quality Commission Board

Read more


Latest Statement from Director of Public Health

Message from Emma Ferguson (Stockport Council)

This week’s statement focuses on Thursday 5 May’s World Health Organisation’s World Hand Hygiene day 2022.

It also continues to push the spring boosters and vaccine centres across the borough.

Reported rates of Covid are fluctuating within the borough and having doubled last week, rates have reduced to 142.5 per 100,000 population: around 60 people per day. However, this rate will be an underestimate See the latest published data online

View the latest statement


What can we do to improve mental health and wellbeing of people and communities in Stockport? 

Message from One Stockport

Our engagement to develop the One Stockport Borough Plan highlighted the need to work together to help us all to find positive mental health and wellbeing.  We are now developing plans that will set out how we achieve this by working together with communities, voluntary and faith organisations, public services and the business community, over the next 8 years.   

We want to know what’s important to you and hear about your ideas for change.  Healthwatch Stockport are holding a short workshop session where we would love to hear about your ideas for change.

One Stockport Borough Plan


Research for the Future

Message from Philip Hammond (Research for the future)

People who get involved in health research tend to have better outcomes, as they become better at managing their own health.  Joining the research community means you're also actively helping to improve care and treatments for you and for other people.

Research for the Future is an NHS supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research.  Everyone aged over 18 can register and help discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

Registering means you will receive information about research opportunities along with details of how to take part. There are lots of different types of research you can take part in, including answering questionnaires, joining discussion groups, testing equipment, or taking part in trials to find new treatments.

Register now online at or text RESEARCH and YOUR NAME to 81400.


Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD

0161 206 3636 

Diabetic Eye Screening free for people with diabetes over the age of 12

Message from Karen Tildesley (GM Diabetic Eye Screening Programme)

All Patients with Diabetes over the age of 12 are entitlted to a free diabetic eye screening.

For more information visit or call our bookings office on 0161 464 3000.

See poster below

Diabetic Eye Screening Poster


HIV: Let's sort this together

Message from Bethany Applebee (BHA for Equality)

The PaSH partnership (BHA for Equality, LGBT Foundation and George House Trust) are launching a social media campaign to encourage the uptake of PrEP (a drug that can be taken to prevent HIV transmission). 

As a Fast Track City, Greater Manchester’s ambition is to end all new transmissions of HIV by 2030, therefore we are inviting organisations in Stockport to share the messaging around PrEP to reach as many residents as possible and motivate Greater Manchester residents to take charge of their sexual health and plan a safer, more enjoyable sex life. 

For more information please download the stakeholders brief below

Stakeholders Brief


NAIF ‘report at a glance’ for lay audiences

Message from Laura Thomas (Royal College of Physicians)

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has recently published a patient resource for the National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF). The patient and carer panel, who advise the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) chose the three most important findings of the most recent NAIF 2021 report to inform the public what level of care they should receive if they sustain a fall when admitted to hospital. It also advises people on how to get involved with patient and public improvement groups.

‘How should your hospital prevent and respond to falls during your stay?’ is available to view in HTML format and download as a PDF via this link:


Supporting people with sleep issues

The Sleep Charity has provided details on the new National Sleep Helpline. It’s run by trained sleep practitioners who can provide advice on a wide range of sleep needs. Read more here.

The helpline is open five nights a week, Sunday to Thursday, 7pm - 9pm, by calling 03303 530 541.

Sleep helpline

Caring for Carers FREE events : 19th May 2022 at 10:30am

Message from Nicola Zielinski (Rescare)

Carers are key members of the team around the person they support, but the role can significantly impact their life, health and wellbeing.

Rescare therefore have put together a great workshop in partnership with Signpost for Carers in Stockport on 19th May 2022 at 10:30am in the theme of Musical Appreciation.

Session is free to parent carers ; respite is available subject to availability. A light lunch will be provided.

You can book your space by emailing

We hope you can join us.

Book Here

More information


Greater Manchester NHS Primary Care Careers event

Do you know someone who is thinking about a career in primary care? Tell them about the Greater Manchester NHS Primary Care Careers event taking place on Thursday, 12 May, 10am - 2pm at the Etihad Stadium.

Learn about career opportunities in primary care: from medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, to healthcare assistants, practice managers, and wider support roles.

At the event there will be the opportunity to visit information stalls, listen to talks and learn about other people’s careers. As well as finding out about the different pathways into the sector, from apprenticeships, to college courses, degrees and further professional development.

To register for the event, follow this link: Please share the link with colleagues, family and friends who may be interested in finding out about a career in primary care.


Exploring Funding Models in the VCFSE

Message from Vanessa Porter (Voluntary Sector North West)

NSAP has announced their next webinar which will be Exploring Funding Models in the VCFSE.  

You can find more details about our webinar series, and how to catch up with previous webinars on our website

Please note all our webinars have closed captions and live BSL interpretation as standard. 

NASP webinar: Exploring Funding Models in the VCFSE 

Monday 16 May, 3-4 pm 

For more details and to register visit below

Book now


Caring and Sharing - Therapeutic sessions

Message from David Richards (SPARC)

Stockport Progress and Recovery Centre (SPARC) are running therapeutic online workshops - starting Monday 16th May at 7:00pm.

We have opened our service to Carers (paid and unpaid) and just wondered if you could let any Carer you may know about our latest workshop called “Caring and Sharing”.

Please see attached poster!

Its overall goal is to increase the mental health of all Carers. With the aim for the Carers to be listened to, offer peer support, learning to self-care, to share thoughts, feeling and experiences, to learn and grow as well as gain a sense of well-being. To access this please complete the Carers workshop referral form.

Additionally, we offer one to one counselling/therapy for Carers. Again, if you feel any Carers would be interested, then please ask them complete the attached referral form.

Visit the SPARC website

Caring and Sharing Poster


Orange Umbrella Coffee Morning

Orange umbrella volunteers are running a… COFFEE MORNING

Open to everyone. Every 1st Friday of the month excluding bank holidays 10:00-12:00, Bramhall. Please call 07876841977 or 07800618570 or 07599102611 for more information.


Woodley Celebrates: Happy Birthday Your Majesty!

Message from Kay Keane (Alvanley Family Practice)

1st June - 2pm

See poster below for details


SEND Review - Legal Implications Webinar

Message from Sandra Best (Seashell Trust)

Please find attached a leaflet for a “SEND Review – Legal Implications” webinar. 

Tuesday 24th May 2022, 10am to 12.30pm via Zoom

To book on to this webinar, please click the button below

Book now

Family Services SEND Review Legal Implications

Free Skills For Life+ courses in May

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Here’s a quick update on our upcoming free SFDL+ courses in May 2022 – see attached flyer for details.

SFL+ May 2022


Stay Nimble: Free Career Coaching for Over 50s (eligibility criteria apply)

Message from Chris Hughes (Stockport Homes)

Stay Nimble are offering online support for Over 50s in Greater Manchester – see attached flyers for details.

Stay Nimble Free Career Coaching for Over 50s

New ways of working in Stockport - Your chance to tell us how you would like to be kept informed

Message from NHS Stockport CCG

Local people are being asked by NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) how they would like to be kept informed about new ways of working in health and social care services.

Anyone that lives or works in Stockport is invited to take part in a survey to help us understand what they would like to know about the changes in Stockport and how they would like to hear this information. Feedback collected from this survey will be used to help decide how to share this information with patients, members of the public as well as members of staff.

One of the aims of this survey is to find out what people currently know about Integrated Care Systems (ICS's)  which are due to become live on Friday, July 1, 2022.  For more detailed information on Integrated Care Systems and the new ways of working in Stockport please visit:

The survey opens on Thursday, 5 May, 2022 and closes on Thursday, 12 May, 2022. 

The survey can be accessed here  

To take part you must be an adult over the age of 16 and live or work in Stockport or use health and social care services in Stockport.  Answers will be treated confidentially, and all data disclosed will comply with the General Data Protection Regulations and any related data protection requirements.

Age UK Stockport

News Sheet May 2022

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