Welcome to our website. We are a Health Care Sector UNISON branch with around 2500 members most of whom are employed by Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust. Our other members are employed by a wide range of mental health care employers across Greater Manchester including Independent Hospitals, Nursing Homes and GP Practices, or are Retired Members or Unemployed Members from the branches which merged to form this Greater Manchester Mental Health Branch.
We hope that you find this web site both helpful and of interest. We wish to provide information about the branch and how to access help when you need to, as well as having links to UNISON’s National and Regional Websites, and to organisations campaigning about the NHS and other issues.
In addition we hope to keep you up to date with activities and priorities of the branch. We see this branch as an active, campaigning UNISON branch and hope to provide you with details of upcoming events we will be attending as well as reports, links and photographs as we develop this website.
There is a contact form available for you to contact the website administrators. There are further contact details of branch officers and stewards under the ‘Branch Activists’ tab.
The Branch AGMs will be held at three times at three venues, to enable as many members as possible to attend.
Tuesday 15th March, 6pm for buffet, 6.30pm for start of meeting: Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Wednesday 16th March, 12.30pm-2pm, Meeting Room 1, SSHU, Park House, NMGH – snack lunch
Thursday 17th March, 12.30pm-2pm, Seminar Room 2, Laureate House, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, M23 9LT - snack lunch
You should have received notice of these meetings, and nomination form for Branch Officers and Stewards, and draft Branch Rules. If you haven’t had these, please contact Ben Jackson, Branch Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all the papers for the meeting, click here:
The branch has produced a response to the consultation, which you can view here: Consultation response
Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust and Manchester CCGs were told by the Health Scrutiny Committee to conduct a public consultation into the proposed closure of 8 frontline mental health services, plus the community rehabitation service in Crumpsall. The rehab service is really separate from the other services, because it is closing as a result of the decision by Creative Support (who provide some of the staff) to withdraw from the service – the few remaining residents will be rehoused, and the MMHSCT staff will be redeployed. So the consultation, and the financial figures, should really just be about the 9 frontline services.
The consultation paper which has recently been produced does not actually consult on the proposed closures themselves – it asks people to comment on a limited range of questions, such as any other ideas for making savings (cuts) and how a paltry £200,000 might be reinvested as a minimal alternative to the 8 services. Respondents are asked to ‘vote’ for one or other of the services if they want them to be retained. The branch strongly objects to this – this is about crucial services for people with mental health problems, it is not a beauty contest.
The branch is preparing a response to the consultation, together with members in the affected services. We will post a draft on this website as soon as possible. Contact us if you want to respond to the consultation and would like to discuss this with us: email email@example.com