More than 350 primary care professionals came together to share ideas, successes and solutions at the new Greater Manchester Primary Care Summit.
The face-to-face event took place on Tuesday 13 September at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford and provided an opportunity for attendees to help shape a blueprint for the future of primary care in Greater Manchester.
The event was jointly hosted by the Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board (PCB), one of the first primary care collaboratives in England, and NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care.
Dr Tracey Vell, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board, Rob Bellingham, Director of Primary Care and Strategic Commissioning at NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, and Sir Richard Leese, Chair of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care welcomed delegates and led the opening sessions.
Representatives from all four primary care disciplines of community pharmacy, dentistry, general practice and optometry explored the current challenges facing primary care and shared quality improvement ideas and best practice approaches through a variety of interactive workshops and spotlight sessions. There was also an exhibition hall and a panel discussion. The day provided a valuable opportunity to network with fellow colleagues working at every level in primary care.
Ideas, issues and themes from the day will help inform development of a blueprint for the future of primary care in Greater Manchester.