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About us

The NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (Greater Manchester PSTRC) is a partnership between The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

We are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for five years from August 2017.

We are one of only three PSTRCs in England, the others being Imperial PSTRC based at Imperial College London, and the Yorkshire and Humber PSTRC at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Leeds.

Patient safety in primary care and across transitional care settings, both within community care and in hospitals, is significantly under-researched.

More research in these areas is urgently needed because, with 85% of contacts with the NHS taking place in primary care and with 340 million general practice appointments and over a billion prescription items dispensed each year, there is a high chance of patient safety incidents. 

The 'Translational' in our name means that we are developing and testing new ideas and approaches to patient safety. We work with a range of healthcare organisations, the NHS, local authority and industry partners. This helps to put new interventions into practice in routine health and social care settings, which ensures that our early translational research has regional and national impact.

We have three core aims:

  1. Developing and testing evidence-based digital and behavioural interventions to improve patient safety in their interactions with primary care and at transitions between care settings.
  2. Delivering a world-first facility for early translational research in a unique devolved 'Learning Health System', creating a translation pipeline from the Greater Manchester PSTRC to CLAHRCs/AHSNs and Patient Safety Collaboratives, NHS and local authority partners, so that early translational research has regional and national impact.
  3. Further building capacity in primary care safety research at early stages of translation within and between research and practice communities.

Read more about our plans in NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC 2017-2022 The Next Five Years.

Our partners

We are operating as significant changes occur in health and care systems, with devolution of the health and social care budget to Greater Manchester creating a dynamic research environment.

We work with NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and Patient Safety Collaboratives, as well as NHS, local authority and industry partners within an Academic Health Science System called Health Innovation Manchester (HInM).