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Here are summaries of some of our latest posts. Clicking on a title will take you to the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC blog to read the full article.


Improving access to innovative cancer treatments for North Manchester residents
(17 December 2018)
by Andrew Wardley, Medical Director of NIHR / CRUK, Christie Research Facility A new collaboration of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Clinical Research Facility and NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre aims to improve access to the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials to people in the North East of […]

Actions for Change on homelessness
(14 December 2018)
by Matt Turtle, co-Founder of Museum of Homelessness Three weeks ago, the Museum of Homelessness (MoH) hosted the Actions for Change event, with the support of the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC, at the Nowgen Centre. Responding to real life object-stories and informing policy and practice with lived experiences seems more important than ever. In the […]

Homelessness: Reflections on Objectified
(11 December 2018)
  by Lisa Riste As a health service researcher I work on different projects and my new project is about how hard-to-reach groups access healthcare – something we all take for granted. In October I went to a pop up exhibition called ‘Objectified’ created by The Museum of Homelessness, supported by the NIHR Greater Manchester […]

REVISiTing GPs in training prescribing to improve medication safety
(16 November 2018)
by Ndeshi Salema In 2012, the PRACtICe study, funded by the General Medical Council, set out to determine the prevalence and nature of prescribing and monitoring errors in general practices in England. The PRACtICe study found that prescribing errors occur in around one in twenty, or about 5% of the prescriptions. This is important because: […]

Be Inspired, Be Involved – celebrating patient involvement
(16 November 2018)
by Sally Giles Greater Manchester PSTRC researcher Sally Giles attended the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health ‘Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Celebration 2018: Be Inspired, Be Involved’. It was a well-attended event with members of both PRIMER and the PSTRC non-executive lay members attending the event.  There were a series of presentations […]

ReVerse: exploring mental health through creativity
(16 November 2018)
by Sally Giles and Carly Rolfe The second of the Greater Manchester PSTRC’s ReVerse workshops took place in Manchester on 2 October 2018. Poetry and creative writing were used in an informal atmosphere, to equalise the space between mental health service users and staff. The aim was to encourage insight, dialogue and healing relationships about […]

European Conference on Mental Health: discussing care transitions
(16 November 2018)
by Natasha Tyler NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Research Associate, Natasha Tyler recently presented her work entitled ‘Care Transitions: Patient Distress and Knowledge Sharing’ at the European Conference on Mental Health in Split, Croatia. The conference focused on discussions and collaboration between professionals, researchers and service users in the field of mental health. Natasha was presenting […]

Self-harm in older people
(16 November 2018)
by Carly Rolfe Self-harm in older people predominantly takes the form of self-poisoning, usually by medication overdose. A recent study by the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC found that older people who self-harm are 145 times more likely to die by suicide than older people who don’t self-harm. From patient medical records, 2854 older people aged […]

If a computer gives you a diagnosis, should it also give you an explanation?
(15 November 2018)
by Malcolm Oswald Artificial intelligence (AI) plays an increasing role in our daily lives. Computers are being trained how to do many things, including making medical diagnoses. For example, AI can diagnose skin cancer from skin images as reliably as dermatologists, and this clever software is only going to get better. But how do we […]

17th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour
(13 November 2018)
by Donna Littlewood Researchers from the PSTRC Mental Health work stream attended the 17th European Symposium on Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour in Ghent, Belgium to share findings from a range of different research projects. Professor Roger Webb presented findings from a national Danish study using data links to estimate the risks of adverse outcomes following […]