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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.


Babylonian patient safety
(11 October 2018)
by Stephen Campbell, Director of the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Every patient, every person, deserves safe quality care. The quality and safety of care varies between countries and within countries; even within hospitals or general practices, dental practices or pharmacies. Some people will benefit from exemplary care (both clinical and inter-personal) whereas most will experience […]

Using Artificial Intelligence to help primary care triage
(5 October 2018)
by Ben Brown, GP and Researcher in the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC’s Safety Informatics theme Researchers at The University of Manchester and Spectra Analytics are developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system to help support GP practices triage requests for appointments – the Patient Automated Triage and Clinical Hub Scheduling (PATCHS) system. It’s often difficult to […]

What can we learn from North America about the role of community pharmacy teams in suicide awareness and prevention?
(10 September 2018)
by Hayley Gorton, Pharmacist and Research Associate It is the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC I have to thank for starting the metaphorical journey that is my study of community pharmacy teams in suicide prevention. I joined the original Greater Manchester PSTRC in 2014 to undertake, and later complete, a PhD in the epidemiology of suicide […]

New Patient Safety Translational Research Centre PhD network
(2 August 2018)
by Karen Considine (Centre Manager, NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC), Kelsey Flott (Centre Manager, NIHR Imperial PSTRC) and Beth Fylan (Programme Manager, NIHR Yorkshire and Humber PSTRC) PhD students linked to the three NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs) have a new opportunity to register for a PhD student network. The national drive for high […]

Increasing the reach of PRIMER
(2 August 2018)
by Sally Giles, Research Fellow in NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC The PRIMER (Primary Care Research in Manchester Engagement Resource) group was established in 2008 to work with researchers within the Centre for Primary Care and University of Manchester.  It is located in the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) in Manchester.  PRIMER is a […]

How was it for you? Reflections on involvement
(2 August 2018)
This edition’s reflection comes from Kay Gallacher, a member of the public who is involved in the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Patient Safety Guide. Why did you become involved in the Patient Safety Guide project? I have long been aware of the issues that elderly family and neighbours, in particular have experienced trying to manage […]

PhD fellow focus: Anna-Sophia Wawera
(2 August 2018)
by Anna-Sophia Wawera Anna-Sophia Wawera joined the PSTRC Marginalised Groups theme as a PhD Fellow in April 2018. Before coming to the University of Manchester, she completed a Master of Science in Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University. Throughout her Masters, she was involved in several research projects examining student experience and health-related issues within […]

Past PhD Fellows: Where are they now? Paolo Fraccaro
(2 August 2018)
In this series, we catch up with past Greater Manchester PSTRC PhD Fellows to see what they are doing now and how their PhD projects affected patient safety. This edition, our past PhD Fellow is Paolo Fraccaro. What did you learn during your PhD? Almost one and a half years after finishing my PhD, I […]

Connected Health Cities and the Greater Manchester PSTRC
(2 August 2018)
by Niels Peek, Research Lead for Safety Informatics theme, NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC The Safety Informatics theme in the Greater Manchester PSTRC extends and translates the principles of ‘learning health systems’ to develop technologies and information behaviours that create safer care systems. It does this by enabling: continuous professional and organisational learning accelerated translation of […]

Exploring self-management and culturally appropriate patient feedback among British Bangladeshis in Manchester
(2 August 2018)
by Papreen Nahar and Caroline Sanders Previous Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) workshops within the DEPEND project have indicated a need to consider Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups. On September 21st, 2017,  two public engagement workshops were conducted in Manchester with a BME population – namely British Bangladeshis – to discuss their views and […]