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About Research For The Future

Research for the Future

About Research for the Future

Research for the Future is an NHS-supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research.

Taking part in research means you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

We encourage people living across Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas to register, whether they have a health condition or not.

Joining Research for the Future

Joining Research for the Future is free. When you sign up, we will ask you for your contact details and some basic information about yourself. We use this to send you information about research opportunities you may be suitable for.

Research for the Future helps researchers find the right people to take part in their studies but it is always your decision whether to take part in any research we tell you about. Your participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study, or from the Research for the Future database, at any time. The usual care you receive from your health care team will never be affected by your decision.

The information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database kept in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act (2018).  Only the Research for the Future team has access to it.  Your details will never be passed to anyone else.

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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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How you've helped us

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 […]