Case studies

Covid vaccine

Coronavirus vaccine trials

Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Research for the Future has supported a range of research studies, including several trials looking at potential new vaccines. We have worked with local teams across Greater Manchester to support the recruitment of people who had registered with the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry.  Using study-specific scripts, the team was […]

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Using artificial intelligence to predict risk

Greater Manchester has some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD) inequality in England, with premature CVD contributing to the 20-year gap in healthy life expectancy. A collaborative team of researchers based at Manchester Metropolitan University have proposed a research study that will integrate a number of data resources and use computer algorithms and […]

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Understanding new ways of working during the pandemic

Research for the Future worked with Nicky Timmis (Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Manager) at Health Innovation Manchester on two pieces of related work around changes to the way people worked and services were provided during and following the COVID-19 pandemic: An online focus group was established to understand patients’ experiences of GP appointments […]

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Diabetes opportunities in Greater Manchester

The diabetes team from the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) worked with Research for the Future to recruit patients to help with the development of a patient leaflet. The purpose of the leaflet was to make sure that everyone living with diabetes in Greater Manchester knew about the different opportunities available […]

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Developing a research proposal

VOCAL (formerly the Public Programmes Team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust) came to Research for the Future looking for people with diabetes and respiratory disease who used a smartphone to share opinions on a research proposal.  The proposal looked at a trial of a new smartphone app to help people better manage their own […]

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Mediterranean diet and resistance exercise for cardiac rehabilitation

After a cardiac event such as a heart attack, people attend cardiac rehabilitation services to help stop the disease from getting worse.  Some people with heart disease may not look overweight but may have lower levels of muscle and higher levels of fat which may put them at greater risk of having another heart attack. […]

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The Wearable Clinic

One in five people in the UK owns a wearable device, such as a smartwatch, to track their health. A team of researchers from The Wearable Clinic, based at The University of Manchester were interested to understand if wearing such a device can help people with long-term conditions manage aspects of their health and care. […]

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myAirCoach2 – self-management of Asthma

myAirCoach was a European-wide research project looking to develop a digital health system to help people monitor and manage their asthma. Dr Marcia Soarces discusses how Research for the Future helped recruitment.

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SCORE-IT focused on a set of core outcomes that should be measured in all studies of glucose-lowering treatments for patients with type 2 diabetes. Dr Nicola Harman shares her feedback on using Research for the Future to help her recruitment.


The SuMMiT-D study

Dr Kiera Bartlett, Research Associate, Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, University of Manchester shares her feedback having accessed Research for the Future

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Long Term Conditions NHS Test Bed

The number of people living with a long term health condition is increasing. NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester are working with Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) to carry out a project to evaluate a new way of using technology to identify and support patients at risk of hospital admission due to specific long-term conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Pharmacy Services focus group: Looking at expectations and experiences of local pharmacy services.

Ali Hindi, researcher at Manchester University gives his experience of using Research for the Future to recruit to his recent study

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Prevention of foot ulcer recurrence in diabetes patients using plantar pressure biofeedback

Our research team, led by Prof. Neil Reeves from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) successfully used Help BEAT Diabetes to recruit people with diabetes to our foot and ulcer prevention study.

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Driving with Diabetes – The role of eye movements in driving performance in people with diabetes

Monica Perazzolo, researcher at Manchester University gives her experience of using Research for the Future to recruit to her recent study

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Tameside Bone Metabolism study

Dr Janice Mascarenas, researcher at Tameside & Glossop IC NHS Foundation Trust, shares her feedback having accessed Research for the Future

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Cloudy with a chance of pain

Cloudy with a chance of pain is the world’s first smartphone-based study to investigate the association of chronic pain and weather conditions. Rebecca Barnard outlines how Research for the Future supported the study.

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The UK Diabetes and Diet Questionnaire: Assessing dietary habits of people with, or at high risk of, type 2 diabetes

In 2013, we invited Help BEAT Diabetes volunteers to help Clare England, a research dietitian from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, develop a questionnaire to assess the dietary habits of people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes. Clare wanted to find out what people with the condition thought […]

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Exploring daily activity in people with long term conditions

Isabel Adeyemi, PhD student, Centre for Primary Care and Centre for Health Psychology, The University of Manchester, shares her feedback having accessed Research for the Future.

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Accessing the Research for the Future service to help recruit

Stephanie is a clinical trials coordinator working at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. In this short film, she discusses her experience of recruiting participants to her studies and how the services offered by Research for the Future have helped her to successfully find the right people more quickly and easily.


Mrs Sam J’s story: My experience of taking part in research

Mrs Sam J is 55-years-old and has had type 2 diabetes for four years. She joined Help BEAT Diabetes in 2013 and describes the first research study she took part in – investigating genetic and environmental factors of type 2 diabetes.

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Annabella’s experience of taking part in research

After receiving an invitation from our Help BEAT Diabetes campaign, Annabella took part in a study of diabetic neuropathy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Here she discussed why she wanted chose to take part and the benefits of being involved.

How often do patients notice preventable problems in primary care? (Electronic Questionnaire)

Dr Jill Stocks, Research Fellow from the Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, which is based at The University of Manchester’s Institute of  Population Health, describes her experiences accessing the Research for the Future campaign. (Primary care includes all non-hospital healthcare such as GP surgeries, community services, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.) “Usually patient safety […]

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Mike’s experiences of taking part in research

Mike took part in a research study after signing up with our Help BEAT Diabetes campaign. Here he recounts why he chose to get involved in research and his journey throughout the process.

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Help BEAT Diabetes supports hearing in diabetes research

In this video, Dr Kai Uus describes her experience accessing Research for the Future’s ‘Help BEAT Diabetes’ campaign.

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REFRESHED: REstoring FavouRablE Sleep to HElp patients with Diabetes (Observational Study)

Researchers from The University of Manchester’s Institute of Human Development led by Principle Investigator Dr Martin Rutter, senior lecturer and honorary consultant physician, are undertaking research to assess how sleep disturbance is related to blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The research team approached Help BEAT Diabetes to help with recruitment alongside […]

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Living with multiple co-morbidities (Focus Group)

Rebecca Hays, Research Associate, from the Institute of Population Health at The University of Manchester shares her experiences accessing Help BEAT Diabetes support. “I work for the multimorbidity theme of the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. “We were looking for people to join a Patient and Public […]

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Assessment of hearing disability in people with diabetes (Observational Study)

Wai Piu Chong, Postgraduate Student, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester discusses accessing the campaign to support his research. “My study assessed hearing disability in diabetic patients and I had an awesome experience working with the Help BEAT Diabetes team. “The Help BEAT Diabetes campaign has a very well-maintained database of diabetic patients who […]

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Changes in paraoxonase activity, HDL properties and inflammatory markers in people with type 1 diabetes (Observational Study)

Jonathan Schofield, Clinical Research Fellow from The University of Manchester and Specialty Registrar in Endocrinology & Diabetes discusses accessing the campaign to support his research. “I am immensely grateful to the Help BEAT Diabetes team for their efforts advertising our study exploring the association between high-density lipoprotein functionality and microvascular and macrovascular complications in type […]