Growing evidence suggests that inflammation in the brain could play an important role in memory loss and dementia. Animal research also suggests that pre-existing drugs developed to reduce inflammation could improve brain function. Manchester University wants to transform this research into better patient care but first a reliable way of studying how inflammation alters brain function over time is needed.
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This is an important message from Naresh Kanumilli, Clinical Lead for Diabetes at the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network requesting input from the VCSE groups on the draft GM Diabetes Strategy.
For and on behalf of Naresh Kanumilli, SCN Clinical Lead for Diabetes:
I am writing to update you on some important work in relation to diabetes care in Greater Manchester and to seek your help in socialising a GM-wide strategy.
I’m writing this in the final days of 2017 and a list of things which will affect charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises even just within Manchester is something you can never actually finish writing (note to self: write more blogs this year) but here are the things which are swishing around in my head as things to think about for 2018.
Every year I do a humorous update on some of the policy issues and trends over the year. (2016, 2015). Given the general level of bleakness (read this if you feeling particularly strong) it seems only reasonable to try a lift the mood a fraction, whilst having a gentle dig at some of the frantic absurdity that surrounds us.
Groups are invited to apply small grants of £250 and £500 to host events to recruit Cancer Champions in February 2018, or extend a planned meeting/event, that recruits new Greater Manchester Cancer Champions.
This can of course be from your business, team or network, as long as individuals are residents of or workers in Greater Manchester.
The funding is open to organisations from across Greater Manchester.
For further information and to apply, see attached.
Care Opinion is a web-based portal for users of health and social care to give positive and negative feedback about the services they receive, which the providers of the services can then respond to. It already operates across Scotland and in some parts of Greater Manchester and is a critical part of a system change approach.
The Executive Board at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) wants to know how as a Trust, they engage with partners in the VCSE Sector and what, if any, working relationships they have with them. With the changes to health and social care provision across Greater Manchester, more and more emphasis is being placed on joint working and co-production of services. This survey will allow the Board to see what is currently happening across MFT, but also where the gaps are, and to identify how and where they can start to work in co-operation with their community partners.
The Department of Health have launched a consultation about organ and tissue donation. This is because the government intends to change the organ donation system to an 'opt-out' system. This means people would be considered willing to be an organ donor after their death, unless they had ‘opted out’.
How a grant from Manchester’s health and care commissioners is providing accredited arts and crafts courses to support people in central and south Manchester that have serious and enduring mental health problems
To many people, being able to express yourself artistically is an important part of health and wellbeing. Now one Manchester project has received funding to provide accredited arts and crafts courses for people with long-term mental health issues.