IRU - Tuesday 5th July 2022

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We last asked you 'have you been to the GP in the last 3 months?' The reason we asked you this is because we have been running a survey for the last 6 months around GP access. So far over 500 people have taken part in the survey in Stockport. The results so far have been mixed. 

We have now re-opened the survey and we would appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out a response if you have been to your GP in the last 12 months. Have you took part in the survey already? if you have but you have been to your GP since partaking in the survey, we would like to know if anything has improved. 

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[RESPONSE] Digital health and care plan

On the 29th June, the Department for Health and Social Care has announced their plan for digital health and social care.

The plan sets out how patients will receive more healthcare treatments online, enabling them to check NHS records, receive messages from their GP and attend virtual wards. Patients will also be able to manage hospital appointments, book Covid vaccines and have virtual consultations through the NHS app, which 28 million people now have, by March 2023.

Responding to the announcement, Louise Ansari, national director at Healthwatch England said:

“The digital plan is an important step to providing a better and more efficient care, and improved communication between patients and services. Improvements to the NHS app can help people be in more control of their own care while supporting the NHS’s work on early diagnosis. For example, we have already seen that there is an appetite among the thousands of people who use remote monitoring for blood pressure at home to submit readings electronically, via an app, email or website.

While the move to more digitally-led healthcare has already worked well for some people, if not delivered correctly it can create barriers for others, such as people on lower incomes, disabled people and those who don’t speak English well. As part of the digitisation plan, NHSE must ensure no one is left behind and invest in support programmes to give as many people as possible the skills and means to access remote care.

With the NHS being under intense pressure and facing staff shortages, it’s also important system leaders are given the capacity and investment needed to progress the digital transformation across their services.”

We have previously called for improvements to technology to help health and care services understand the people they provide care for, leading to more personalised care. We have also highlighted to policy makers the importance of maintaining traditional models of care alongside remote methods and to support people to choose the most appropriate appointment type to meet their needs. 


Update from Stockport Council about statement from Director of Public Health

Message from Emma Ferguson (Stockport Council)

Please find this month’s Director of Public Health statement.

The latest estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) infection survey suggests that around 3%* of the population of the North West would test positive for Covid-19 on 18 June. In Stockport this equates to around 8,680 people. This is a rise in rates, particularly in adult age groups aged over 30. See the latest published data online.

One Stockport Hub vaccination pop ups have been extended for Saturdays throughout July. We are also particularly targeting the immunosuppressed this month to come forward for their Spring booster.

This month we are also focusing on good mental health and wellbeing in light of the Samaritans Awareness Day is on 24 July (24/7) because the charity is there to listen 24/7. Through its campaign Talk to Us, it is reminding people that it is there for anyone who needs someone to listen and who's struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night.

We are also encouraging parents to check their child’s Red Book to make sure they are up-to-date with routine childhood inoculations following a case of confirmed measles in Greater Manchester and following the polio cases in London.


[UPDATE] NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care launches on Friday, 1 July, 2022 - information for practices

From Friday, 1 July, 2022, NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group will become part of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care (NHS Greater Manchester). 

This is day one of a longer transition and the way in which GP Practices work with colleagues at the CCG will not change immediately. Some useful day one information is below and we will provide further updates in this newsletter which will continue to be published weekly:

  • Support available to practices

Practices will still be supported in the same way as before by colleagues in the Stockport locality of NHS Greater Manchester. This includes your Primary Care Management Team, Learning and Development Team, as well as the Communications and Engagement Team. The contact information is not changing.

  • Structure overview

NHS Greater Manchester is the new organisation which is bringing together staff from all 10 Greater Manchester clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, and NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services.

There will be a local integrated care partnership in each of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs. In Stockport this will be called One Stockport Health and Care Partnership. It will bring partners together within the borough to ensure Stockport residents get the best possible services.

  • CCG Website

The CCG’s public facing website has been archived and will no longer be updated. Visitors to the site will be redirected to the new NHS Greater Manchester website,  

  • The Practice Hub will remain in its current form and will be accessible via the following link We are currently working with our provider and locality partner to arrange the transfer of the Practice Hub to a new server on the Stockport Council system. Practices will be provided with an updated link to the Hub as soon as that work is complete.
  • Social Media Channels

Activity on the CCG’s Twitter and Facebook social media channels will be paused whilst local arrangements are finalised. Health information and advice will be available via new NHS Greater Manchester channels @GM_ICS (Twitter) and @NHSGreaterManchester (Facebook).

  • Covid-19 Information

Information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Stockport can be found on the Stockport Council Website at It contains all of the information which was on the CCG website.

Anita Rolfe, CCG Interim Accountable Officer, and Simon Woodworth, GP and CCG Medical Director, would like to place on record their thanks to the CCG’s GP members for their hard work, dedication and support during the years that the CCG existed:

“As we start a new chapter of how we all work together, we wanted to recognise the fantastic legacy that we are building on, as we continue to develop health and care across Stockport. Your contribution has already had a positive impact for local people, especially during the pandemic.  I think it’s important to recognise that together we have achieved something remarkable, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with you all in the future.”

Anita Rolfe has been appointed in the role of Director for Health, Quality and Improvement / Deputy Place Lead for the One Stockport Health and Care Partnership from Friday, 1 July, 2022, and is looking forward to continuing to work with all colleagues across primary care.


[UPDATE]  NHS staff autism training becomes law

Message from Disabled Living

Measures to ensure all NHS staff receive training in learning disabilities and autism now have the full force of the law behind them. The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism programme has received royal assent. 

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[NETWORK] Age Friendly Network

Message from Denise Almond (Age UK Stockport)

I have attached an Age Friendly Network Questionnaire, as we are looking to re-establish the Age Friendly Network and would like to invite people to get involved.

If you are interested in becoming involved either as an interested citizen, or as representative of an organisation, (there is no commitment at this stage it is purely to keep you informed), please complete the questionnaire and return it to before 31st July 2022, or contact Age UK Stockport for a paper copy to be sent out. We are looking to restart the network in September.

Age Friendly Network Questionaire


[SERVICE] Walthew House Deaf Information and Advocacy Service

Please see the attached info with regards to the info and advocacy service at Walthew House

Walthew Info & Advocacy service


[SERVICE] Inclusive Athletics Woodbank Park

Message from Lizzie Austin (Pure Innovations)

This is a fabulous session for young people, including young adults.

Monir, Maureen and the other volunteers are lovely and are highly experienced working with people with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Its on a Friday, term time Woodbank Park, 6 -7pm.

Inclusive Athletics Poster



[SERVICE] The Olive Sanctuary Drop in

Message from Ellie Unwin (Pure Innovations)

Stockport community hub in partnership with the Olive Branch present to you our adult wellbeing group for people who are feeling socially isolated. A safe, friendly, non-judgemental space to have a brew and a chat. You could even bring your favourite hobby, whether that is art, knitting, playing cards, building things, you name it. We welcome all adults, just come along and enjoy your time here.

OLIVE Poster

[EVENTS] Events from Brinnington Big Local

Message from Mark Mitchell (Brinnington Big Local)

Movieland have two upcoming showings:  Sonic the Hedgehog at Movieland Family on July 9th and Dad's Army at Movieland Classic on July 29th

And finally, our Big Partnership Chat on August 8th, which is a great opportunity for our residents to find out about our many partners and the many services available.

Dad's Army at Movieland Classic on July 29th
Sonic the Hedgehog at Movieland Family on July 9th
Big Partnership Chat on August 8th


[EVENT] Face in the Mirror Book Launch: Poetry for Mental Health

Message from Sara Brylyn (Stockport Libraries)

It is with great pleasure that Stockport Library is inviting you to the launch of Face in the Mirror - poetry to support student mental health in the classrom and beyond. It will be an evening of live poetry, fun and with refreshments included.

Judy Morris, ex headteacher, SEND and English specialist has compiled and authored a PSHE and English resource to ensure that schools are Ofted ready in embedding emotional wellbeing into the school curriculum. Packed with 54 poems, lesson plans, commentaries and a safety plan to protect student mental health, Face in the Mirror promises to be an absolute must for every school serious about creating and maintaining high standards, good emotional health and diversity in content and style. All lesson plans are built to perform to the national curriculum standards.

The Teacher's Guide accompanies a student text book for pupils. Both will be available for sale by the Publisher (ZunTold Publishing) at a discount on the night.

Date: Thursday  07th July 2022

Time:  18:30

Location of event:  Stockport Central Library, Wellington Road S, SK1 3RS

Face in the Mirror Book Launch Poster


Beechwood Cancer Care

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Stockport and District Mind

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[OPPORTUNITY] Step into Care and get someone a job in Adult Social Care 25th July Start

Message from Kay Peat (Manchester University NHS FT)

We have snuck in an extra Step into Care over the summer – please refer interested candidates!

This programme and our roles are great for Career Changers, people who have personal experience of care or anyone with the right values to make a vital difference to people’s lives every day! See two of our successful candidates attached.

What is Step into Care?

Training and a working interview for a live job in Adult Social Care (Residential care, Supported Living or Homecare opportunities available)

85% of candidates who complete a Step into Care working interview go into a paid job in adult social care.

Who can join?

19+, Unemployed or on a low income, Right to work in the UK, Able to commit to a 5 week training course via zoom.

How to Refer?

Individuals name, contact details and the locality where they live emailed to

For more information on what Step into Care involves go to

Any questions please contact us at

GMHSCP LEARNER Flyer Updated November 2021
Career Changer care case study
Previous experience of care case study

Age UK Stockport 

News sheet July 2022

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