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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.

Current events

NIHR  Greater Manchester PSTRC Annual Symposium 2019

The NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC is hosting its next annual symposium on 22 May 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Manchester Oxford Road.

This event will cover key topics of relevance to patient safety in Greater Manchester and beyond, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence and patient safety
  • Transitions and patient safety
  • Avoidable harm and patient safety
  • the unique Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

It is aimed at anyone with an interest in patient safety in healthcare. This may include health researchers, healthcare professionals, healthcare professional bodies, policymakers, healthcare organisations, patients and carers.

Attendance is free, but places are limited to 120 and registration is essential. To register, visit our Eventbrite registration page.

Citizens' Juries on Artificial Intelligence

If you were given a diagnosis by a computer, and were given the choice, would you always prefer to be given an explanation of how the computer reached its diagnosis even if that meant the computer’s diagnosis was likely to be a little less accurate?

That is  one question being put to two “citizens’ juries” being commissioned by the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC in early 2019. Citizens Juries c.i.c. will recruit 18 people from around Manchester – chosen to represent a cross-section of the public - to come together for five days to hear expert evidence and tackle difficult questions concerning how AI should be used within healthcare. The process will then be repeated with 18 different people from around Coventry to see whether they reach the same conclusions.

More information available soon.

Past events

Actions for Change

Following on from Objectified (below), Actions for Change was another collaboration between the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC and the Museum of Homelessness. It was a single day event on 14 November 2018, with a dedicated focus on experiences of health and healthcare associated with objects and stories, and linked to key patient safety concerns. Multiple stakeholders (including representatives of homeless charities, people with lived experiences of homelessness, health and social care providers, commissioners and strategic health and social care leads) came together for the event, where performances of selected objects/stories were combined with panel discussions. 

Read Museum of Homelessness co-founder, Matt Turtle's, blog post 'How can stories make a difference?' which was written before the event.


From 10 to 14 October 2018, the Museum of Homelessness took over a gallery in the Manchester Art Gallery to launch an NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC-funded project called Objectified. This was an interactive exhibition exploring health, homelessness and marginalisation. To stage Objectified, 20 objects were collected that each said something about homelessness and health. Visitors could listen to performers reciting the stories of the objects and the people they belonged to, before discussing opinions on the best way to respond to homelessness in the city of Manchester.

There will be a second opportunity to see the 20 objects, hear some of the stories and take part in further discussions at the Nowgen Centre on 14 November 2018. To find out more and to register, please visit the registration page.


Two workshops were held, the first on 3 July 2018 and the second on 2 October 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. You can read more about the aims of the workshop in our recent blog post.

The workshops 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.

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.