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.

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What we do

The mental health network sets the priorities and areas of work to develop and improve services in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.

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

As well as adult mental health, the network also covers learning disabilities and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and each has its own advisory group which shares themes with the Maternity and Children’s Steering Group.

The clinical leads and Strategic Network Team are responsible for delivering projects which focus on:

  • Achieving parity of esteem between mental health and physical health care needs
  • Training on mental health issues for clinical commissioning groups
  • Supporting early diagnosis of mental health problems
  • Integrating the care pathway to for the treatment of schizophrenia, psychosis and personality disorder
  • Reviewing the implementation and impact of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
  • Reducing premature death in people with mental health problems
  • Integrating the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and adult or primary care

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, Mental Health
Dr Arokia Antonysamy,

Dr Antonysamy is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Network Director at Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.  She trained in Lancashire Care Trust and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust in General Adult Psychiatry and in substance misuse and perinatal psychiatry.  She was awarded the ‘Rethink Academic prize’ by the Manchester Medical society in 2008 for her research project in the mother and baby unit at Wythenshawe hospital  looking into patients’ satisfaction and unmet needs.

Network Manager
Maqsood Ahmad,