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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.


Understanding avoidable medication safety incidents in NHS mental health hospitals: new studies help us take an important step forward
(30 July 2021)
by Dr Richard Keers, affiliated to the GM PSTRC’s Medication Safety theme While our understanding of avoidable medication safety issues in ‘general’ hospitals has greatly improved over recent decades, we know less about what’s happening in mental health hospitals. This could make finding ways to improve care more difficult. In order to learn more so […]

Working towards inclusivity in Patient and Public Involvement in research
(30 July 2021)
Shoba Dawson, a past PhD Fellow at the GM PSTRC has recently been awarded a prestigious award for her work across primary care research. Here she talks about her path to this award and the part the GM PSTRC played.   I came to the UK nearly 14 years ago to pursue my master’s in […]

Patient and public involvement and engagement: Working with people experiencing homelessness to improve access to healthcare
(30 July 2021)
Groundswell is a charity that works with people who have experience of homelessness, offering opportunities to contribute to society and create solutions to homelessness.  The charity is working with researchers from the GM PSTRC Safety in Marginalised Groups theme on a study that aims to understand how best to improve the quality and safety of […]

The value of patient and public engagement (PPIE) in patient safety research for marginalised groups
(30 July 2021)
Three of the studies underway within the Marginalised Groups: Patients and Carers sub-theme were recently recognised by The University of Manchester’s PPIE awards. Here Caroline Sanders, Patients and Carers sub-theme lead at the GM PSTRC, talks about the value and importance of PPIE and the work which has been recognised. Patient and public involvement and […]

Patient Safety Toolkit for Pharmacists
(29 July 2021)
Researchers at the GM PSTRC have created a patient safety toolkit for pharmacists that aims to introduce pharmacists and their teams to practical tools to help continually improve patient safety. The toolkit is an online training programme and was launched in the autumn 2020 by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).  It is now […]

Self-harm and COVID-19: the first year of the pandemic and beyond
(27 July 2021)
by Dr Sarah Steeg, Presidential Fellow in Mental Health Epidemiology, Ms Elizabeth Monaghan, Expert by Experience and Ms Fiona Naylor, Expert by Experience This is the second blog in the series: The impact of COVID-19 on self-harm presentation rates People who have self-harmed are more likely to die by suicide than other people and should […]

How to generate inclusive and diverse mental health patient and public involvement and engagement
(8 July 2021)
This blog post was first published on the NIHR blog on 2 July 2021. Public contributors and researchers from the mental health theme at the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre share some strategies that enabled them to work collaboratively with individuals from marginalised communities to co-design research. Greater diversity in patient and […]

What is accountability and how can it build a ‘just culture’ that prevents harm to patients?
(7 July 2021)
Before the pandemic, the NHS was already under significant pressure. At the start of 2020, this resulted in staff at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust being sent a memo by senior leaders asking them to discharge patients, even if it was against their clinical judgement to do so. The trust accepted that in some cases, […]

Opinion piece: The new patient safety commissioner: is it a missed opportunity to make hospital discharge safer?
(1 July 2021)
In June 2021, Medical Law International published a paper by one of the GM PSTRC’s PhD students, Victoria Moore, which looked at the new Patient Safety Commissioner role and explained how it should have been an opportunity to address safety issues around hospital discharge.   Here, she talks about her paper and explains the new […]

Living with dementia during COVID-19
(28 May 2021)
COVID-19 took the world by surprise and we have all felt its impact. For those in society who may be of greater vulnerability due to their health and social care needs, COVID-19 has had the most devastating effects. According to the Office for National Statistics, people living with dementia were the hardest hit in the […]