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June 2021

You are invited to sign up to Help BEAT Coronavirus

Our new ‘Help BEAT Coronavirus’ campaign has now launched in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire encouraging people to take part in research to help the NHS in the fight against COVID-19.

The campaign has been developed following the incredible public response to vaccine research trials, where more than 30,000 people across the region have taken part in a range of nationally- prioritised COVID-19 studies supported by NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester.

Professor Andy Ustianowski, National Clinical Lead for the UK NIHR COVID Vaccine research Programme and joint National Specialty Lead for Infection at NIHR Clinical Research Network says

“The success of the COVID 19 Vaccine in the UK is down to research and every person who volunteers. We now have treatments, as a result of trials, for COVID that are saving lives. Clinical Research is vital to fight this pandemic.  Everything that we do in medicine should be based on evidence and we get this evidence from clinical trials. By signing up you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage COVID-19” 


Research for the Future is an NHS supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research.  Getting involved in research means you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

Everyone is welcome to register with Research for the Future, whether you have a health condition or not. The only requirement is that you must live in England and be 18 years or over. Registering means we will inform you about research opportunities you may wish to take part in.

We offer opportunities to get involved in research across all health conditions as well for healthy volunteers.

There are many different types of research to get involved with including:

  • helping to design a study
  • being part of a discussion group
  • completing a survey
  • helping to test new equipment, or
  • being involved in a clinical trial.

We also have five areas of particular interest, our ‘Help BEAT’ campaigns.  Our current campaigns are Help BEAT Coronavirus, Help BEAT Diabetes, Help BEAT Heart Disease, Help BEAT Kidney Disease and Help BEAT Respiratory Disease. We are especially keen to hear from people living with these health conditions as we regularly have research opportunities in these areas.

Help BEAT campaigns

Current Studies

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Cancer and psychological support

Online questionnaire looking to understand the experiences of people living with cancer when accessing psychological support services as part of their treatment and recovery.

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UK CRIS Membership

Project looking to explore and understand public and community perspectives around Greater Manchester becoming a member of UK CRIS.

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Weekly drug regimen


This study will investigate the effect of medication reviews on blood pressure control in people with hypertension (high blood pressure).

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Locum doctors in the NHS

This study is looking to better understand the quality and safety of locum doctors working in the NHS.

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This research project is testing whether a smartphone app can help people to buy healthier foods when shopping for groceries.

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EVENS (Evidence for Equality National Survey)

This survey will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown is affecting people and will document the experiences of ethnic and religious minority people.

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Diabetes My Way

Study looking to understand if a unique online system called ‘Diabetes My Way’ can help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition.

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The PRINCIPLE clinical trial is looking to find low-risk treatments that can be taken at home for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

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Experiences of psychosis

An online study looking to understand how people’s experiences of relationships can link to the development of psychosis.

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Prevalence of depression in diabetes

Study looking to understand how living with diabetes can affect people’s day-to-day life experience and mood.

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Motivate T2D

Study looking to discover the best ways to support people with type 2 diabetes increase their everyday physical activity to improve their diabetes control, particularly in the months after diagnosis.

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Study looking to understand if a vibrating smart insole can help improve balance in people who have diabetic neuropathy.

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This study wants to find out whether medications currently prescribed to treat people with diabetes and heart problems could be used to prevent heart problems.

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