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We have used innovative public engagement activities to disseminate early research findings and generate discussion and co-design with the public and stakeholders.

Our public engagement events are organised and run in partnership with the Public Programmes Team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Below are some highlights of events we have run in the past.


A workshop was held on 3 July 2018, which used poetry and spoken word to equalise the space between mental health service users and staff. The aim was to encourage insight, dialogue and healing relationships about patient safety in mental health services and research. The workshop included:

  • Examples and readings of poetry and/or spoken word, drawing from different experiences of mental health
  • Discussions and reflections
  • Having a go: producing your own poetry or prose.

A second workshop will take place in October 2018. You can read more about the aims of the workshop in our recent blog post.

The Nest

We commissioned a theatre production, The Nest, which was performed as part of the 2015 Manchester Science Festival, and again performed to audiences on 24 and 25 April 2017 at 53Two.

Healthtalk Module Launch

We hosted a free evening of film, fun and popcorn. Historic film footage was shown, depicting changes to the role of patients in the NHS over the years.

There was also an exclusive opportunity to see videos from the Healthtalk module on Multimorbidity, which shares the experiences of patients living with multiple health conditions.

More Than Just A Number

Who is responsible for your health information? Where is it held? How anonymous can you ever really be?

On 28 October 2015, members of the public had the opportunity to meet researchers from The University of Manchester who are working to understand just that - while improving access to health data – at a Manchester Science Festival roadshow at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).

Wonder-Drugs Roadshow

We hear about wonder-drugs in the media and we all want better medicines, but are our expectations realistic? No medicine is perfect, but what can we do to make them better?

These were some of the questions posed at our public Wonder-Drugs roadshows, which took place from 28-30 October 2014 as part of the Manchester Science Festival.

Research Symposia

We held research symposia in 2014 and 2015, which included patients, members of the public, researchers and health professionals.

Safer Primary Care: A Shared Responsibility for System-Wide Learning

We held a flagship dissemination event called Safer Primary Care: A Shared Responsibility for System-Wide Learning in 2017 that focused on research into patient safety in primary care generally, as well as highlighting our research outcomes over the last five years and our plans for 2017-2022.