Connected Health Cities

Connected Health Cities (CHC) will be piloted in four city regions, one of which is Greater Manchester, in its first phase as part of the Health North initiative: a £20 million investment to seed 'learning health systems'. Health North aims to test at scale the methodology of learning health systems through continuous care pathway redesign and quality improvement informed by analysis of routinely collected health data. 

Each participating region shall establish a Connected Health City; a civic partnership between NHS, local government, academia, and the population it serves. Each CHC will:

  • Establish the capability in that region to implement a learning health system;
  • redesign two care pathways; and
  • evaluate the CHC implementation and methodology.

Each CHC will also have a patient and public involvement programme and engage with industry to create an open innovation environment. At the core of each CHC will be an Ark; an organisation that physically brings together people from the CHC partner organisations to collaborate to create new knowledge that will inform decision-making. The Ark aims to be a secure combination data analytics facility with state-of-the-art data management and analysis tools underpinned by research, education and training. It includes facilities and infrastructure for secure data analytics, and is responsible to the CHC via a steering group and therefore to the population it serves.

The Greater Manchester CHC (GM CHC)

In Greater Manchester the pilot coincides with Devo Manc; the devolution of health and social care so Greater Manchester controls its own budget. The devolution agenda offers a unique opportunity to innovate and redesign pathways that cut through different components of the health and social care system. The GM CHC will closely collaborate with the recently launched Health Innovation Manchester to speed up the discovery, development and delivery of data-intensive health care. 


  • Delivering actionable information to health, social care and citizens
  • Reducing the time lag between data being available and actions being taken
  • Building public trust of data through public engagement
  • Building a platform of technology and tools reducing data-action latency
  • New economic development in the North of England around digital health innovation
  • Greater engagement and empowerment of citizens to take control of their healthcare 
  • Digital health innovation network building across Health North partnership by sharing knowledge and multiplying assets
  • Increasing capacity and capability of the data science workforce