Why I work in Manchester “The primary care trust is quite positive about pharmacy. Both the PCT and council are open to new ideas and do a lot of work together and we have just completed some work with them on vascular screening,” said Pauline Thickett, community pharmacist and secretary of Manchester Local Pharmacy Committee.
Local authority Manchester city council is a metropolitan borough Labour-controlled authority. According to its Audit Commission assessment it is a three star “improving well” council.
MPs Labour’s Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton), Tony Lloyd (Central), Sir Gerald Kaufman (Gorton), Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East). John Leech (Withington) is a Liberal Democrat.
Health service Lots to choose from. Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (“fair” services, “good” use of resources); Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (“good” services, “fair” use of resources); Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (“excellent” use of resources and services); Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust (“good” services, “weak” use of resources); University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (“excellent” use of resources and services); The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the specialist Christie cancer hospital (“excellent” services and use of resources) is in Manchester; The Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (“good” services and “excellent” use of resources); Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (“weak” services and “fair” use of resources); Manchester Primary Care Trust (“good” services and “fair use of resources). The North West Strategic Health Authority is based in the city.
Pharmacy school There is a pharmacy school at the University of Manchester
Local pharmaceutical committee Manchester LPC represents 119 pharmacies.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society branch The Manchester, Salford and Trafford branch has 929 members; 12 fellows; 47 preregistration trainees and 101 technicians.
Open space The city has 138 parks and open spaces and 25 nature conservation areas. Manchester is surrounded by 500 square miles of countryside and canal waterways. The Lake District National Park, known as Manchester’s water playground is a day trip away.
Schools Outstanding primaries: Chorlton; Ladybarn; St Paul’s; St Philip’s; St Wilfrid’s and Wilbraham. Outstanding special schools: Melland High School and Piper Hill High School. Xaverian College — a sixth form college is also outstanding.
Commuter links The M60 ring-road links to the M56 (Chester) M6 (Birmingham and Lancaster) and M62 (Liverpool and Leeds). Trains to London (from just under two hours). The city has a tram network.
Property prices Two-bed flat: £130k to £250k; three bed semi: £300k to £350k; four bed detached: £400k to £500k.
Information last checked August 2009