Devolution - In Sickness And In Health, Conference and Exhibition

26 September 2017 at The Lowry, Salford Quays

We are delighted to announce that our inaugural national conference will take place on the 26 September 2017 at the Lowry Theatre. This event will concentrate on the ambitious strategic programme of transformation in relation to reforming Health and Social Care across Greater Manchester, which aims to improve the well-being of Manchester citizens by redesigning care, access and support in order to deliver a truly world class service which is fit for the future.


Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite
Early bird rates are available up to and including 31st July 2017. Standard tickets will then be available from 1st August.

Who Should Attend?

NHS leaders, service users, clinicians, representative bodies, academics, councils, voluntary sector, community and other statutory organisations.


  • Key strategic presentations from experts and world class leaders
  • 10 exciting Café Conversation opportunities
  • A lively formal debate regarding devolution
  • Finishing the day with a motivational speaker from the world of sport who has challenged boundaries and overcome barriers
  • Up to 20 exhibitors
  • Networking opportunities with over 150 leaders from across the system

Key Contributors

At the conference we will have a range of international, national and local speakers such as:
  • Jon Rouse, Chief Officer GMHSCP
  • Nigel Owens, Motivational Speaker and world class rugby referee
  • Kate Allatt, Patient Activist
The lively debate will include Dr Mike Smith, Dr George O'Neill (NI) and more.

Jon Rouse

Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

Jon was appointed as Chief Officer for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, in July 2016, to co-ordinate the delivery of Greater Manchester's strategy for the transformation of health and care services, 'Taking Charge Together', as part of the wider devolution plans for public service reform. Previously, Jon was Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health. Other previous roles include:

  • Chief Executive, London Borough of Croydon
  • Chief Executive, Housing Corporation
  • Chief Executive, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
  • He has also held a wide range of non-executive positions with organisations including English Partnerships and Homelessness International, and was a non-executive director on the Department of Health's board until 2010. He was previously chair of the Society of Metropolitan Chief Executives.

    Jon has a first degree in law, Masters in Business Administration and urban policy and an honorary doctorate in urban design. Jon is also an honorary life member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has recently completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy at the University of Oxford.

    Kate Allatt

    Winner - Extraordinary woman of the year 2011
    Winner - Extraordinary personal endeavour 2011

    Marketeer, Mum & former 70 mile-a-week fell runner Kate Allatt (46) suffered a brainstem stroke & locked in syndrome (LIS) when her children were 5, 8 & 10 years old. Kate wrote the internationally published book 'Running Free - breaking out of locked in syndrome'. She won Extraordinary Woman in 2011 and founded and ran her registered digital charity in 2011 - just 3 months after leaving hospital.

    Kate is a tireless, fearless activist, for anyone around the world, who is affected by early LIS.

    Synopsis of her keynote speech:

  • To improve the early onset stroke diagnoses of younger patients in frontline services.
  • On the effects of life changing events on the wellness needs of patients.
  • To explore how a 'marginal gains' and true patient partnerships could transform healthcare.
  • Transforming our healthcare by effectively engaging with our digital patients/users.