6.1 CANCER RESEARCH - RESPECT-21 RESPECT-21 is a large scale research project investigating how consolidation of cancer surgery services affects patient outcomes, patient experience, the ways in which care is organised and provided, and the cost of services. The study spans the North Central / North East London and West Essex regions (3.2million people) and Greater Manchester (3.1million people) and runs until 2019. The TU is providing input to the study on the work we are leading on the reconfiguration of Oesophago-gastric and Urology cancer surgery services across Greater Manchester. 6.2 HEALTHIER TOGETHER EQUALITIES EXEMPLAR As part of the Healthier Together programme, the TU set up an Equalities Advisory Group. The group's membership comprised of equality, diversity and inclusion leads from local authorities, commissioners, providers, Healthwatch, public health and voluntary and community sector groups who champion individuals with protected characteristics. The role of the Equalities Advisory Group was to assure the process of the Integrated Impact Assessment (a document which articulated the positive and negative impacts that changes would have on the population) and to develop the process to ensure that equalities remained at the heart of the decision making and implementation process. The Integrated Impact Assessment played an important part in the decision making process and was also a condition for implementation of the Healthier Together programme in Greater Manchester. Every provider, regardless of being a Healthier Together specialist site or not was required to benchmark themselves against the prioritised actions through an online survey. This is the first time that equalities consideration has been seen as an equal partner in the decision making process and as part of the implementation of service change. 6 REGIONAL AND NATIONAL INPUT 7 GOVERNANCE AND PEOPLE 7.1 OUR BOARD This year, the TU has established an independent board of Non-Executive Directors to provide advice and counsel to the Leadership Team. The six board members bring a wealth of experience from different sectors and offer fresh thinking that will continue to drive the TU to success. This impressive list of board members helps to attract some of the best talent to come and develop their careers with the TU. The TU board includes: PHIL HUGGON Chair Phil has an executive background in marketing and transformation including 20 years’ experience with MARS and Shell. He has been a Board Director for 11 years and now has a range of non-executive directorships including RCU, an education consultancy which he chairs, and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board. Phil also brings NHS experience, having been with the Manchester Primary Care Trust board, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and now Liverpool Women’s Hospital. SUSAN WEBSTER Non-Executive Director Susan is a director of strategic change whose career has spanned financial and consultancy roles, culminating with British Telecom where she was also a member of its North West Regional Board. A former chair of pro-Manchester, Susan is currently a trustee of HOME, director of Manchester Communication Academy and public governor of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Susan is an independent project manager and a regular presenter for Women on Boards UK in Manchester and Leeds. 25