This project will establish a PPI (patient and public involvement) advisory panel to a three-year research study examining how adult community health services influence and affect use of hospital-based services.

It is being led by a team of researchers at The University of Manchester. Results of the study will be used to help inform community services for the future.

This project will establish a steering group to advise on a plan to commission a new mobile research unit to expand research capacity and delivery across the northwest coast region.

The input of group members will have a real impact on defining the specification and function of the mobile research unit.

It is being carried out by the NIHR Clinical Research Network North West Coast.

This project will establish a PPI (patient and public involvement) group to advise on all stages of mesothelioma research.

It is being led by a team of researchers at the University of Glasgow School of Cancer Services, and is part of the PREDICT-Meso network.  The network is funded by Cancer Research UK and hopes to better understand how mesothelioma develops from its early stages and translate this into more effective diagnosis an treatments

This project will establish an advisory group for a research study that will develop and test the use of artificial intelligence to transform the diagnosis of lung cancer and other thoracic diseases.

The input of group members will make a real difference to the management of this study and ensure that the right information is shared with participants in the best possible way.

It is being led by a team of researchers based at the University of Oxford.

The PARITY study aims to improve prehabilitation (prehab) before cancer surgery and is looking to understand people’s preferences for prehabiltation* services.

*Prehabiltation is the name given to efforts to improve health before a major healthcare event such as surgery, to improve patient outcomes.  It can include increasing exercise, changes to diet, and other lifestyle changes that can improve and enhance the recovery process.

PARITY is being led by a team of researchers based at Lancaster University.

This project is looking to capture people’s experiences of knee replacement surgery to inform the development of a new software system that can improve management and patient outcomes.

The research team based at The University of Manchester are looking to capture:

  • experiences before, during and after knee replacement surgery
  • views on using computer technologies to manage health conditions
  • ideas on how to improve the patient journey, before and after surgery.

Feedback from these sessions will be used to inform future research

This project is looking to understand the views and perspectives on sharing and using personal health data during and beyond COVID-19.

It is being led by a team of researchers from The University of Manchester alongside other organisations including Groundswell and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC-GM).

By establishing a volunteer peer educator scheme, this project is hoping to increase research engagement and involvement from ethnic minority and other under-served populations.

  • Previous research has highlighted that certain communities are underrepresented in kidney-related research and that people from those communities are significantly more likely to progress to end-stage kidney disease.
  • Target communities for this project include:
    • socially deprived people of any ethnicity living in Salford
    • Pakistani communities in Oldham
    • Bengali communities in Rochdale.

This project is a collaboration between Kidney Research UK, Research for the Future, and the renal department at Salford Care Organisation (part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust)

This project will bring together people living with chronic cough, healthcare professionals and researchers.  It will look at ways to raise the profile of chronic cough and explore ways to improve support for people living with the condition.

It is being led by the VOCAL team, based at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

These sessions will capture people’s opinions on dementia therapies and will be used to develop further research looking to develop a range of culturally adapted interventions to improve cognitive function for British South Asians living with dementia.

The lead researcher on this project is a fluent Urdu speaker and able to translate, or carry out these sessions in Urdu.

It is being carried out by a team based at The University of Manchester

This workshop is part of a study looking to create a digital platform allowing people to have control of their personal health data so that they can decide how it may be used in the future.

It is being carried out by a team of researchers at the universities of Lancaster and Manchester.

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This project is part of a study developing a new online tool for health care professionals to use when caring for people with diabetes.  Researchers want to make sure that patient views and experiences are included in the development process.

MyDiabetesIQ is a new online tool being developed by MyWay Digital health.  It will be driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and computer-based decision-making to help inform clinical decisions.

Involving patients in the development process means that researchers are able to carefully consider and address any concerns that people living with diabetes may have,  The workshops will cover ethical concerns, safety issues, using data from electronic health records, and how the system might be used in the real world.

No previous experience of research involvement or understanding of the technology is required.

It is anticipated that this two-year project will start in autumn 2021.