Greater Manchester has received a three-star European Reference Site award for active and healthy ageing. The award is an international recognition to regions and cities that are seen as “highly inspirational ecosystems, delivering creative and workable solutions to improve the lives and health of older people”.
The Reference Site status is part of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP), which was initiated by the European Commission in 2011 to tackle societal challenges through research and innovation. EIP has five focus areas with one of those being Active and Health Ageing (AHA).
What this means to Greater Manchester?
Greater Manchester’s ambition is to develop a new model of sustainable economic growth where all residents can contribute to - and benefit from - sustained prosperity as well as enjoying a good quality of life. The application to become a Reference Site built on this vision and on the important work undertaken by the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub which was created so that GM partners can coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population.
The two key strategic priorities of the GM Ageing Hub are: to become the first age-friendly city region in the UK; and to be a global centre of excellence for ageing, pioneering new research, technology and solutions across the whole range of ageing issues.
The recognition gained through the European Reference Site will support the delivery of these strategic priorities.
What happens next?
Greater Manchester’s commitment to become a Reference Site on AHA is coordinated by the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GMAHSN) which is a member organisation representing the 4 GM Universities, 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups and 16 provider trust organisations.
The GMAHSN is supported on this role by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the ten Local Authorities, Public Health England, and the Greater Manchester Community and Voluntary Organisation.
The Reference Site awards will be handed over by Commissioner Oettinger at a special ceremony on 7 December. A delegation from Greater Manchester will be in Brussels to receive the award.