Greater Manchester Health News


Welcome to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership newsletter

First, apologies that you haven’t received a newsletter from us over the last few months.

Our monthly bulletin is now back, and you will be receiving regular editions again.

You don’t need me to tell you what an exceptional time we’ve lived through since the last update. However, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in helping us all cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

The health and care sectors have been pushed to their limits, but we’ve seen staff and volunteers rise to the challenge. The dedication, hard work and sacrifices of everyone supporting those affected by coronavirus has been truly remarkable.

The last year has been one of the most difficult periods in recent history, but we’ve also seen the very best in humanity as people across the world displayed a level of compassion, empathy and concern that is rarely seen at such scale.

You will have undoubtedly seen the first coronavirus vaccinations being given. It’s an exciting development and a huge step towards us being able to return to something resembling normal. However, this is the biggest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS and it is going to take time to protect everyone from the virus.

For now, please remember the coronavirus remains in circulation and we must all continue to take steps to protect each other. Visit our website to find advice and help – including links to a number of organisations offering vital online mental health support.

Best wishes,

Sarah Price,

Interim chief officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership 

Local leaders and celebrities across Greater Manchester are taking their virtual Santa hats off in a social media campaign, launched by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to thank our key workers for going above and beyond in the past year. 

2020 has been a tough year for everyone and it has been the strength and commitment of our key workers; in the NHS, social care, local government, public transport, our supermarkets and many more, that has got us this far. 

The hard work is not over, as our health and care services face a challenging Christmas and New Year with increased demand on services and delivery of the coronavirus vaccination.  

As a small gesture of thanks, the people of Greater Manchester are being invited to take part in the #HatsOff4KeyWorkers campaign on social media.  

To get involved, download and print the image here or here, or simply use a hat of your own, and share a personal message of thanks using the hashtag #HatsOff4KeyWorkers.  

Sarah Price, our interim chief officer said: “This year has been difficult for us all, and while we have reached a turning point in our battle with the pandemic, there are still tough months ahead. The ongoing dedication and sacrifice of our key workers in Greater Manchester has been nothing short of remarkable.  

“We will be forever indebted to those who have stepped forward and how we recognise their contribution once this is over is going to be really important. In the meantime, this campaign is a small gesture of thanks which everyone can get involved with – to take a moment and take their hats off in recognition of our key workers.”  

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