Who We Are and What We Do

Who we are and what we do

In this class of information you will find a description of who we are, plus: -

Geographical and demographic makeup

Local service structure

Greater Manchester is the largest and most complex health economy in the country. It provides health care to a population of 2.8 million people. 

There are 26 NHS organisations in the conurbation: 

  • Nine acute hospital trusts 
  • 12 Clinical Commissioning Groups 
  • Three mental health trusts 
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust 
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

The conurbation has some of the greatest health challenges in the country. Of the 214 electoral wards, 64% are in the highest 10% in terms of economic and social deprivation, which has a direct correlation with the health of local people. There are also significant health inequalities across Greater Manchester reflecting areas of relative wealth and deprivation.

CCGs replaced primary care trusts (PCTs) on April 1 2013. CCGs are clinically led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services for their local area. CCG members include GPs and other clinicians, such as nurses and consultants. They are responsible for about 60% of the NHS budget, commission most secondary care services, and play a part in the commissioning of GP services.

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is part of the new Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group.

Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Heywood – Middleton & Rochdale
  • Manchester Central
  • Manchester North
  • Manchester South
  • Oldham
  • Salford
  • Stockport
  • Tameside & Glossop
  • Trafford
  • Wigan

Tameside and Glossop CCG covers an area of approximately 135 square kilometers across Tameside and the Glossopdale area of High Peak, with a total population of around 250,000. It is predicted that the total population of this area will not change significantly over the strategic timeframe. However, although the total number of people resident within CCG area will remain relatively unchanged fundamental changes are occurring at a more rapid rate to the age structure and ethnic composition of the population.

NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG is working with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and NHS GM to reduce demand on more intensive health and social care services by focusing on community- based prevention and early- intervention initiatives.

Tameside and Glossop CCG has signed up to the Health and Wellbeing Strategies for both Tameside and Derbyshire. This provides key direction for coordination of shared aspirations to enable local people to live longer, happier lives and tackle health inequalities.

Tameside and Glossop CCG, as well as being the Commissioner of healthcare services for the residents of Tameside and Glossop, is also the provider of community and primary healthcare services.

Tameside and Glossop health needs

Tameside is a largely urban area to the east of Manchester and is part of Greater Manchester. Glossop is largely rural, and is part of High Peak District.

Within Tameside, the Census showed a significant rise since 1981 in the number of old people including the very elderly (85+). The population of this latter group is also projected to continue to rise and at a higher rate than the national average.

In Tameside the rate of premature death is 22% worse than the national average. Circulatory diseases including heart disease are the commonest cause of early death and rates are 55% higher than the national average. Cancer is the second biggest killer of people under 65. Premature death through lung cancer is 54% higher than the national average.

Other indicators of poor health status, e.g. conception under 20 years, births alone, dental decay in children, long term limiting illnesses, and admissions for mental health care all show Tameside to have poorer than average health experience.

For most health and socio-economic indicators, the overall rates for Glossopdale are significantly better than Tameside but nevertheless generally worse than national averages.

The 2000 Index of Multiple Deprivation identifies three wards in Tameside and Glossop which fall into the most deprived 10% in the country. In respect of the Health Domain within this index, a total of six wards fall within the worst 10% in the country.

The above indicators of morbidity and deprivation are reflected in high levels of A&E attendance and hospitalisation in treatments where co-morbidity is a factor.

Development of primary and community healthcare

Tameside and Glossop are served by a single Primary Care Trust which includes 118 GPs working in 54 Practices (103 GPs in Tameside and 15 in Glossop; 46 Practices in Tameside and 8 in Glossop).

The PCT is developing a programme for the establishment of GP Specialists, and in the first instance this is likely to include Ophthalmology, Dermatology, ENT and General Surgery. In the future this will be an increasingly important factor in managing the volume of referrals for a Consultant opinion.

A comprehensive approach is now being taken to the development of primary care out-of-hours services, and functions which provide rapid response community-based (health and social care) alternatives to the Accident and Emergency Department (eg Community Rehabilitation Team, Rapid Response Team). In addition to this plans are to include the development of a Primary Care function in Accident & Emergency, and this will enhance the integration between the primary and secondary care sectors.


The NHS was created in 1948. Its founding principles of providing access to care, to all, on the basis of need, not ability to pay, remain as important today as they did over 50 years ago.

For further information visit http://www.nhs.uk/. for further information

Organisational structure

Partnership organisations

Greater Manchester is the largest and most complex health economy in the country. It provides health care to a population of 2.5 million people ( 2.8 million when weighted for health need)

There are 28 NHS organisations in the conurbation: -

  • 9 Acute Hospital Trusts,
  • 10 Primary Care Trusts,
  • 3 Mental Health Trusts,
  • The Christie Hospital Specialist Cancer Centre,
  • North West Ambulance Service.

Hospital Trusts provide services from 17 main sites that include: -

  • 2 specialist children’s hospitals,
  • a specialist orthopaedic centre at Wrightington,
  • the Central Manchester Trust has four hospitals: -
    • Manchester Royal Infirmary,
    • The Royal Eye Hospital,
    • The Dental Hospital,
    • Saint Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children.

The conurbation has some of the greatest health challenges in the country. Of the 214 electoral wards, 64% are in the highest 10% in terms of economic and social deprivation, which has a direct correlation with the health of local people. Children in Greater Manchester have some of the worst dental health in the country. There are also health inequalities within Greater Manchester, reflecting areas of relative wealth and deprivation.

Key Contacts

Please find links and to details on who are senior members of the Trust

Caldicott guardian

The Caldicott Guardian and SIRO are both concerned with ensuring NHS data is protected and is not stored, accessed or used inappropriately.

The Caldicott Guardian is primarily concerned with the protection of patient and service user information by ensuring it is shared only with those who have a justified need for it; and only shared through appropriately safeguarded routes. He has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Trust in accordance with your legal rights.

The Trust has appointed the Medical Director as the Caldicott Guardian.

Senior information risk owner (SIRO)

The SIRO is responsible for the management of information risk across the whole Trust, has a formal reporting role within a defined structure and has specific policy responsibility. The SIRO will be supported in their role by one or more Information Asset Owners who have assigned responsibility for the information assets of the organisation. The SIRO has to provide written advice to the accounting officer on the content of their Statement of Internal Control in regard to information risk

The SIRO role has to be undertaken by a Board member.