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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.


Getting to know you… Leah Quinlivan
(10 October 2019)
What’s your role within the PSTRC? Donna and I work as a team and look after all the PPI and self-harm/ suicide prevention research with the PSTRC. Specifically, my work focuses on improving healthcare services for people who have harmed themselves. What is the single most important thing you do in your role? To facilitate […]

How can the families of patients be better involved in mental health treatment to improve patient safety?
(10 October 2019)
This is something Donna Littlewood has been investigating through her latest study which aims to examine how involving patients families in their mental healthcare can positively contribute to improved patient wellbeing and reduce their risks of self-harm and suicide. The findings will contribute to the development of guidance to support health services in implementing family […]

NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Symposium 2019 – through the eyes of an attendee
(9 September 2019)
by Angela Ruddock – lay member of the PSTRC’s Executive Management Board (EMB) In May, the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC held its annual symposium. As a lay member of the centre’s Executive Management Board (EMB), I was looking forward to attending. I’m one of two lay members of the EMB and my role is to […]

How was it for you? Reflections on involvement
(1 August 2019)
This edition, we meet Andrew Grundy, who is involved in the Safer Transitions project in our Safer Care Systems and Transitions research theme. Why did you decide to become involved in the Safer Transitions project? I accepted an invitation to become involved in the Safer Transitions project because I am a mental health service user […]

Artificial Intelligence and decision making – experts discuss results of Citizens’ Juries to inform national guidance
(1 July 2019)
Is it necessary to give reasons for decisions made using artificial intelligence (AI) software even if the results may not be as accurate? Leading academics and experts believe, with the development of AI advancing, guidance on how it can be used in decision making is needed. The National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Patient […]

PhD Fellow Focus: Rebecca Musgrove
(1 July 2019)
by Rebecca Musgrove Rebecca Musgrove joined the University of Manchester as an NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC-funded PhD student in January 2019.  As part of the ‘Safety in Marginalised Groups’ theme, she is focusing on the epidemiology (how often and where diseases or healthcare events happen) of suicide and self-harm after discharge from Mental Health inpatient […]

Developing a resource to help healthcare professionals implement NICE guidelines for self-harm
(1 July 2019)
by Jessica Leather Jessica Leather joined the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Marginalised Groups theme as a PhD Fellow in September 2018. Before coming to the University of Manchester she completed a MSc in Health Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Following her masters, she worked as a research assistant for a bowel cancer screening intervention […]

Experts gathered to discuss patient safety at symposium in Manchester
(26 June 2019)
A symposium was held by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) in Manchester to discuss some of its areas of research. Experts from Paris and Norway joined NHS National Director of Patient Safety, Dr Aidan Fowler to speak at the event which around 100 academics, researchers, […]

Using the Ingenuity Process to address the communication and co-ordination problems in mental health hospital discharge
(26 June 2019)
by Natasha Tyler, (Justin Waring, Nicola Wright, Andrew Grundy, Kyri Gregoriou) The Ingenuity Process is a method that encourages innovative responses to specific challenges in society. This process is a proven way of making sure innovation activities are included in our decision-making processes. The Ingenuity Process requires a clear focus upon defining the problem, identifying […]

Brexit vs. Mental Health – Considering the mental health needs of the UK Central and Eastern European community
(5 April 2019)
by Aaron Poppleton In the UK, Brexit is the topic of the moment.  Regardless of outcome, the impacts are already being felt across the country. Around two million people from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) currently live in the UK. As with many ethnic minority groups, there hasn’t been a lot of research looking into […]