This bulletin has been developed to provide GPs, CCGs and partners in the north east sector with a monthly update on key service developments from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We welcome comments and feedback, which can be emailed to

Pennine Care Annual General Meeting

The Trust’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 28 September at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Trafford.

The event will celebrate the Trust's successes of the past year and hear about our plans for the future. It will start at 4.30pm with an opportunity to browse our exhibition area, where Trust-wide innovations and initiatives that impact positively on staff and patients will be showcased.

Our statutory Annual Report and Accounts will be presented and Chief Executive, Michael McCourt, will unveil the refreshed Trust values which have been developed with the input of hundreds of our staff members.

Finally, the achievements of our Principles of Care Award winners will be celebrated before the Chairman has the honour of announcing this year’s overall winner.

For full details please visit: or to RSVP, please email

Enrol in better health and wellbeing

Pennine Care has launched a new Health and Wellbeing College for anyone over the age of 18 years, who lives in Bury, Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside or Glossop.

The courses aim to support people to recognise their potential and make the most of their talents and resources, through self-management. This will help people to deal with any health challenges they may experience and achieve the things they want in life.

Every course is jointly developed by someone with professional skills or knowledge (known as experts by profession) and someone with skills or knowledge gained through living with the condition (known experts by experience).

For more information and to see the prospectus, visit

Audiology and mental health staff team up to improve dementia care

Pennine Care audiologists and mental health staff have teamed up to improve support for people with dementia.

Staff from audiology services in Bury, Oldham and the Rochdale borough received support and training from colleagues working in the local memory clinic service to help increase their knowledge of dementia.

The partnership means audiologists are now able to include memory screening questions as part of hearing assessments and refer patients who may be showing dementia symptoms to memory clinics for further assessment.

The training was developed after research showed people with hearing loss were more likely to experience a delay in being referred for dementia assessments than those with full hearing.

New support helps children and young people to #Thrive

Children and young people in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) can now get dedicated emotional health and wellbeing support thanks to a new service.

#Thrive is a service run by Pennine Care, Youth in Mind and Link4Life, which has been co-designed with young people. It is funded by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group.

It helps children and young people aged up to 19 years, who live or are registered with a GP in HMR, and are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues.

This includes those who may be feeling worried, angry or upset, stressed about school or exams, feeling low and not enjoying things in general, or if they are experiencing bullying or relationship worries.

Children and young people can simply contact the service on 0161 716 2844.

#Thrive can also offer advice and support to parents, carers and anyone who works with a child or young person.

GP support sessions from Psychological Medicine team

The Psychological Medicine in Primary Care (PMPC) service is an innovative team working with people who often struggle to access existing services and have complex health needs, for example, medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), pain or multiple co morbidities together with a mental health problem.

The team provides training and support to primary care clinicians through a variety of formats such as case discussion sessions or focused sessions on specific topics such as managing MUS in primary care, fibromyalgia or trauma.

These sessions have been well reviewed by GPs, with 89% of attendees stating that they would change their practice as a direct result of the session, and comments such as: ‘Training was excellent. All content was relevant and helpful in informing approaches in working with patients in this crucial area’.

If you are interested in finding out more about the training and support available to GP Practices, please get in touch with Dr Julia Hose, Liaison Psychiatrist, at

Dedicated vascular dementia support for people in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

People with vascular dementia in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale will receive specialist support thanks to a new appointment at Pennine Care.

The new vascular dementia practitioner is an occupational therapist who will help to ensure patients can experience the best possible quality of life, as there is currently no specific medication available for vascular dementia. They are based at The Memory Clinic, located at Watergrove, Birch Hill Hospital in Rochdale.

Vascular dementia is a type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain, which damages and eventually kills brain cells; sometimes as a result of a large stroke, several smaller strokes or narrowing and hardening of small blood vessels inside the brain.

It affects an estimated 135,000 people in the UK and can be linked to high blood pressure, diabetes and lifestyle factors such as smoking.

Innovative text-based health system for breastfeeding mums

Health visitors in Bury are implementing a pioneering text support service to help breastfeeding mums.

The service has adopted a text messaging system called Flo which allows them to send advice and encouragement to new mums to help them feel confident feeding their baby.

The Flo system complements the existing support provided by the Health Visiting Service in each area.