In 1948 Manchester University professors developed the first computer to have a stored programme and memory. Nicknamed ‘Baby’, it has made the computer what it is today.

Manchester was the birthplace of Vegetarianism. Inspired by the sermons of Reverend William Cowherd, the vegetarian movement began in 1809, in the borough of Salford.

In 1888 the world’s first professional football league was set up at the Royal Hotel in Manchester. The city is home to two Premiership football teams including Manchester City and Manchester United Football Clubs.

The diabetes challenge in Manchester

Greater Manchester has a population of 2.9m people and a diabetes population of around 160,000 (150,000 living with type 2). Like many cities in the UK, type 2 diabetes and obesity is on the rise, and prevalence in Greater Manchester has doubled in the last 20 years. It is expected that over 25% of people living in Greater Manchester will develop the condition in their lifetime.




Following some preliminary meetings with Health Innovation Manchester (a multi-stakeholder organisation that works with innovators to discover, develop and deploy new solutions that improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens), it became clear than the ethos and ambitions of CCD aligned with those of the city, especially in its desire to tackle urban diabetes through innovate means.

As a result of the recent devolution of healthcare budget in Greater Manchester, and the creation of The Health & Social Care Partnership, the city is on its way to becoming one of the first joined up health innovation system in the world.


The focus on research, prevention, management and elimination of type 2 diabetes has been central to the production of the Greater Manchester (GM) strategy for tackling diabetes, which has been devised within the context of the GM Population Health Plan, its focus on lifestyle approaches to health and its aims to improve the utilisation of personal health budgets and social prescribing.

Greater Manchester’s vision is to improve the lives of all people across GM affected by diabetes and at risk of developing it and have recognised clear benefits in embracing this opportunity with Novo Nordisk. The CCD partnership will not only highlight Greater Manchester’s existing work on a global platform but also present many exciting opportunities to work collaboratively with other partners around the world to map, share and act.

Manchester partners