Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Clinical Networks

About us

The Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Clinical Networks work in partnership with commissioners (including local government), supporting their decision making and strategic planning, by working across the boundaries of commissioner, provider and voluntary organisations as a vehicle for improvement for patients, carers and the public.

The Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Clinical Networks will

  • reduce unwarranted variation in health and well-being services
  • encourage innovation in how services are provided now and in the future
  • provide clinical advice and leadership to support their decision making and strategic planning.

Download the SCN Annual Report and Business Plan.

Find out more about the Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Clinical Networks at and follow them on Twitter at @GMLSC_SCNs.

What we do

The Dementia network comprises of commissioners, providers, patients, carers and members of the public which sets the priorities and areas of work to develop and improve services for people with dementia in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.

It is led by senior clinicians, supported by the strategic network team, and is overseen by the Dementia Steering Group made up of commissioners, service providers, patients, carers and members of the public.

The clinical leads and Strategic Network Team are responsible for delivering projects which focus on Improving quality of life for people with Dementia including:

  • Promote Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Develop care home staff and visiting health and social care staff to enable optimum care for people with dementia
  • Develop access to timely and accurate diagnosis for people with dementia
  • Develop pathways to improve crisis management of people with dementia to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions including the management of delirium
  • Improve access to services for prisoners with dementia
  • Increase the use of non-pharmacological treatment interventions for people with dementia

Who’s who

Associate Director
Janet Ratcliffe,

Clinical Director

Dr Peter Elton,

Peter, in addition to being clinical director of the Network, is public health advisor to Stockport Foundation NHS Trust and member of the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Before becoming clinical director, Peter had been in public health for 36 years and director of public health for 18 years.  He has also been the lead for the North-west Regional Offender Health Team for 12 years.  He has had a long-standing interest in smoking having set up a smoking cessation service in North Manchester in 1984 and was the Greater Manchester public health lead on smoking. He has had management experience having been director of community services in North Manchester for 7 years.  He has chaired Outreach Community and Residential Services (for people with learning disability or chronic mental health) for the last 26 years.  He has had about 40 papers published in peer reviewed journals.

Clinical Lead, Dementia
Dr Kenneth Wood,

Kenneth Wood, Area Lead for Dementia, is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director with Cumbria Partnership NHS FT. He qualified in 1983 (Bristol), and has worked at Consultant posts since 1990 in the Highlands, Cornwall and for four years, Kendal. Accredited in Old Age and General Psychiatry, his particular clinical interests are in organic psychiatry, autism and adhd.

Network Manager
Maqsood Ahmed,

2 thoughts on “Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Clinical Networks

    1. Rowan Purdy Post author

      Hi Gareth,

      thanks for providing this information. I have updated the Network page. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to add more information about the Network.

      Rowan, Editor, Dementia Partnerships

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