Providing Greater Manchester deprivation data

Providing Greater Manchester deprivation data

Knowledge Service provides borough-level deprivation data to increase robustness of funding allocation model for Wellbeing Fund.

Who did we support?

Manchester Wellbeing Fund provides grants to Manchester community groups and service users from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to set up wellbeing initiatives in their local communities. The Fund is now looking to be expanded across all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester.

What support was needed?

Gráinne McClean, the Manchester Wellbeing Fund Co-ordinator, wanted to make sure that funds were allocated fairly across different boroughs according to levels of needed. Statistics showing deprivation levels for all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester needed to be sourced and interpreted.

How did the buzz Knowledge Service help?

To ensure funding would be targeted to where it was needed most, the buzz Knowledge Service sourced the deprivation level data for all 10 boroughs in Greater Manchester. This was done quickly, the data was obtained from reputable sources, and presented in a way that was easy to understand.

The data-informed funding model was included in the business case sent to the executive management group proposing the continuation and expansion of the Wellbeing Fund.

What was the impact of using the buzz Knowledge Service?

Using the deprivation data gave the Wellbeing Fund Co-ordinator the professional confidence that the proposed funding allocation model was robust and evidence based. It also made the funding allocation methods transparent and strengthened the business case sent to the executive management group.

The data will be valuable in shaping the next stage of the Fund, increasing the accuracy of resource allocation and ensuring funding is targeted where it is most needed. This means that service users in areas where deprivation is highest will benefit in future and the Fund will be resourcing community organisations where it is most needed.

Asking the Knowledge Service to find and interpret the data saved a few days’ worth of time, enabling that time to be spent supporting the Fund and its development.


"A massive thank you! You’re a joy to work with. It’s an amazing thing to have access to this service. Getting the raw data can be really challenging and having a service that can do it in a warm accessible way is great. It is fantastic to have access to a really competent, professional service like this."

Gráinne McClean - Manchester Wellbeing Fund Co-ordinator

Research / evidence base

Brettle, A., Maden, M., & Payne, C. (2016). The impact of clinical librarian services on patients and health care organisations. Health information and libraries journal, 33(2), 100–120.

Health Education England (2021) Knowledge for Healthcare: Mobilising evidence; sharing knowledge; improving outcomes

Health Education England (2020) Value Proposition: The Gift of Time

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (2020) Library Return on Investment – Review of Evidence from the Last 10 Years

Marshall, J. G., Sollenberger, J., Easterby-Gannett, S., Morgan, L. K., Klem, M. L., Cavanaugh, S. K., Oliver, K. B., Thompson, C. A., Romanosky, N., & Hunter, S. (2013). The value of library and information services in patient care: results of a multisite study. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 101(1), 38–46.



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