Means and ends – a blog by Jon Rouse

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, has written a new blog exploring opportunity and access to good health care in Greater Manchester:

“Aneurin Bevan said that ‘No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.’ This principle of universal access is the cornerstone of our NHS and long may it endure. But Greater Manchester’s devolution programme does pose a challenge to this principle and it is one of sufficiency. We have set ourselves the mission of the greatest and fastest possible improvement in the health of our population. The biggest barrier we face in achieving this goal is not access to medical treatment, important though that is, but rather tackling the corrosive impact of poverty and inequality.

On my office wall I have a map of the Greater Manchester tram network that shows the differences in life expectancy here. Within a matter of just a few stops and miles, we see a 10 year gap in average life-span that can only be explained by poverty and deprivation. We are not blind to this reality; it does not undermine the principle of universal access to recognise that some parts of our population need a deeper and wider offer, an offer that spans economic, social and clinical needs. … ”

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Leading from Place Workshop 27 June

The first Leading from Place Workshop was held on 27 June and facilitated by Jeremy Cox from the Vanguard Consulting Group.14 leaders took part from a range of sectors and localities across GM including GM family, Health, Housing, and Local Authority.This workshop is designed to support the Place Based Integration initiative and emerging workforce priorities from the Early Adopter sites. It is also designed to help create a critical mass of place based leaders across Greater Manchester. The areas covered throughout the day strongly aligned with the developing three characteristics of a Place Leader (shown below):

3 characteristics of place leader

Rita Evans, Leading GM Programme Director, introduced the day and highlighted that the three characteristics are aligned to the GM Leadership Expectations, in particular leading from place.

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The key focus of the workshop was helping GM leaders to make use of Systems Thinking methodology to design new ways of working based on a full understanding of presenting and contextual demand. This approach enables localities to identify situations where the current system creates waste or fails to get the best outcomes. It also enables them to design new approaches to tackling and removing those system conditions. The role of place-based locality leadership will be key to taking effective action in the system.


Attendees from this first Leading from Place Workshop have said:

Really helps to understand how our work issues are a product of the systems we have created. Really useful and thought-provoking course.

I found the session very useful, in that it gave me a good grounding in a number of different methods of system thinking, which I can now research further and implement within my own origination.

Insightful overview provided by knowledgeable and passionate speaker.


Slides from the Leading from Place Workshop:


We are holding four more Leading from Place Workshops on 18 July, 27 July, 9 August, and 23 August (all dates currently sold out). For more details please contact

Immersion 2: Leading GM Leadership Programme

Following on from the first Immersion on 11 May, our second Leading GM Leadership Programme cohort regrouped on 22 June for their second Immersion event. Led by Mari Davis, Liz Goold, Joyce Redfearn, and Myron Rogers, the delegates continued to work through place based challenges with their GM colleagues. Ian Williamson (Chief Accountable Officer, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning) also joined us to open the day and share his story. Thoughts and learning that emerged throughout the day were captured by Paolo Feroleto, who created some fantastic images (available below). Through the two Immersion events, this second cohort of GM Leaders have identified some key issues in their place and developed tools and strategies to move forward.

As the second cohort continues moving through the Leading GM Leadership Programme, we are looking forward to their Reunion and Reflection event. To be held on 17 October, cohort 1 delegates are also invited to meet their colleagues on cohort 2 and share their learning and experiences. Cohort 1 and 2 Leadership Programme delegates can book their place here.

Some photos from the day: 

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Images from Paolo Feroleto:

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Slides from the day: 


Social media story: 

Immersion 11 May for Cohort 2 of Leadership Programme

Our second Leading GM cohort began their Immersion programme phase on 11 May at the Salford Innovation Forum. This was an exciting and thought-provoking day, with our second cohort (and some of our first cohort) of GM leaders grappling with real challenges in their organisations, places, and across GM. Throughout the day, the group immersed themselves in this work, and also continued to build upon their relationship both within and across their places and cohorts.

For this cohort, their Immersions will be a two day programme, with the second day taking place on 22 June. Leading this cohort through their first Immersion were Chris Lawrence-Pietroni, Myron Rogers, Mari Davis, and Liz Goold. We were also joined by Maggie Kufeldt, Executive Director, Health and Wellbeing from Oldham MBC to open the day. We look forward to seeing everyone on 22 June as the group comes back together to continue to work and reflect on their challenges!

Some photos from the day:
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Slides from the day:

Follow the day’s social media story as it unfolded:

Reunion and Reflection 25 April – Cohort 1, Leading GM Leadership Programme

Our first Leading GM Leadership Programme cohort reunited on 25 April for their final programme phase, the Reunion and Reflection event. Held at the Life Centre, Sale, this event was led by Rene Barrett, and provided this first cohort the opportunity to reflect on their learning and leadership journey to date. Some of the nominees from the second cohort also joined the group for part of the day to meet new colleagues and share their experiences more widely. Two delegates from cohort one – Gareth Hughes, GMP, and Shaer Halewood, Oldham MBC – presented a GM Leadership in Action Snapshot to the group, with Tony Cottam, Bolton at Home, also sharing new ways of working and leading from a housing perspective. We were joined by a range of speakers through the day:

Peter O’Reilly, County Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Dame Louise Casey DBE CB
Tony Cottam, Head of Employment and Enterprise, Bolton At Home
Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive, Oldham MBC
Charlie Norman, Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Housing Association
Yvonne Rogers, Strategic Workforce Lead, GM Health and Social Care Partnership
Eugene Lavan, QIPP Programme Director, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Presentations from Rene Barrett, Gareth Hughes, and Tony Cottam

Notes accompanying Gareth Hughes’ presentation

Some photos from the day
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Social media story of the day

Second cohort begins Leading GM Leadership Programme

On 7 and 8 March, the second #LeadingGM Leadership Programme cohort began their leadership journey at their Driving Place Leadership event. Across the two days, this second group of almost 100 GM leaders started a six month programme that will see them connect with each other, with their wider places, and with GM citizens. Throughout this event, we saw another group of enthusiastic leaders explore what it means to be a courageous and innovative leader in Greater Manchester through a range of sessions and activities. A number of inspirational guest speakers from a variety of sectors joined the delegates and explored the GM vision and what it takes to lead:

Day 1
Jon Rouse, Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive, Oldham MBC
Claire Norman, Associate Director Communications and Engagement, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Day 2
Katy Calvin Thomas, Director of Strategy, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and Interim Mayor
Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive, Oldham MBC
Claire Galt and John Walker, Tameside South Integrated Neighbourhood services
Vickie Hollingworth and Andy Parkinson, Wigan MBC
Jim Taylor, City Director, Salford CC

On the evening of 7 March, this group took part in a Dinner with a Difference, participating in Street Wisdom sessions led by Julie Drybrough, or in outreach activities with The A Teams (at the Audacious Church, Salford) and Barnabus (at their drop in centre at The Beacon, Manchester). This inspiring evening was another great addition to the Driving Place Leadership event.

We look forward to the rest of this cohort’s leadership programme!

A snapshot of the two days is available below:
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The slides from the two days are available below:
Main presentation

Wigan case study

Useful links:

October 2016: Stories Change the World: the power of public narrative

Ganz lecture on public narrative:

The social media story from 7 and 8 March:

Our Stories Should Be Strengths On Which We Build – A Blog by Carolyn Wilkins OBE

Carolyn Wilkins OBE, Chief Executive, Oldham MBC, has written an inspiring blog you can find on the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership website:

Carolyn Wilkins OBE is the Chief Executive of Oldham Council. Following an inspiring speech at a Partnership away day we asked Carolyn to write a blog about her experiences as Chief Executive and the new and innovative approaches to services the Council is taking.

Our Stories should be strengths on which we build

Read it at

Second #LeadingGM Leadership Programme Immersion – 27 January 2017

On Friday 27 January we held our second #LeadingGM Leadership Programme Immersion event. It was attended by the second half of the inaugural #LeadingGM Leadership cohort, and followed our first Immersion on 12 January. As with the first Immersion, delegates explored ‘living systems & adaptive leadership’ while answering the question – ‘How might we lead innovation differently, to integrate our health and social care systems to deliver better outcomes for our citizens?’

Along with facilitators Chris Lawrence-Pietroni and Myron Rogers, our GM Leaders were joined by Alison Mckenzie-Folan (Deputy Chief Executive, Director Customer Tranformation, Wigan MBC), Eamonn Boylan (Chief Executive, Stockport MBC and Greater Manchester Combined Authority), and new Leading GM Programme Director Rita Evans. Following on from the success of our first Immersion, this was another interesting and inspiring day that saw our GM Leaders explore significant challenges facing both themselves and GM citizens in their places.

Presentations from the day
Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Deputy Chief Executive, Director Customer Tranformation, Wigan MBC; Chris Lawrence-Pietroni and Myron Rogers; Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, Stockport MBC and Greater Manchester Combined Authority; Rita Evans, Leading GM Programme Director.

Some photos from the day:
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See the social media story from the day below:

First #LeadingGM Leadership Programme Immersion – 12 January 2017

On Thursday 12 January we held our first #LeadingGM Leadership Programme Immersion event. This first Immersion was attended by half of the inaugural #LeadingGM Leadership cohort, with the second group to complete their Immersion on 27 January. The event provided the delegates with the opportunity to explore ‘living systems & adaptive leadership’, and to answer the question – ‘How might we lead innovation differently, to integrate our health and social care systems to deliver better outcomes for our citizens?’

Our GM Leaders were guided through the day by Chris Lawrence-Pietroni and Myron Rogers. We were also joined by Donna Hall (Chief Executive, Wigan MBC) for the opening, as well as Peter O’Reilly (County Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service) for a session on ‘Leading Innovation’. Rita Evans, the new Leading GM Programme Director wrapped the day’s activities up. It was a fantastic day and our GM Leaders did some great work grappling with real issues and challenges in their work and place.

Presentations from the day
Donna Hall, Chief Executive, Wigan MBC; Chris Lawrence-Pietroni and Myron Rogers; Rita Evans, Leading GM Programme Director

Peter O’Reilly, County Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Some photos from the day:
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See the social media story from the day below:

#LeadingGM Masterclass: Building and Sustaining High Performing Thriving Teams, Organisations and Places – Rene Barrett

It’s coming to the end of 2016 and we’re reflecting on our GM journey this year. We’ve seen some amazing masterclass covering a number of different facets of leadership, and have welcomed our first cohort into the #LeadingGM leadership programme.

For our final masterclass of 2016, we welcomed Rene Barrett, who gave us a fresh insight into how to lead most effectively in GM as we move into the new year. Rene explored resilience on a personal, team, and place level and led the group through a number of exercises aimed at gauging and improving their personal resilience. Resilient people make for happier and more productive leaders, teams, and places.

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See the social media story from the day below.

The GM community is moving ever closer, and we look forward to continuing this growth and relationship-building into next year.

What would you like us to achieve in 2017? If you have any ideas for masterclasses you’d like to see next year, please fill in the form below.