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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.

Past events

3rd NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Symposium: Patient safety, mental health and COVID-19

This online event took place on Tuesday 9th March 2021. The symposium was an opportunity to hear about the innovative work on patient safety in relation to mental health and COVID-19 that is underway at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR GM PSTRC).

We presented findings from our mental health research, shared how we adapted our studies to respond to the developing public health crisis of COVID-19, and explored new mental health research that will have a positive effect in the coming months and years.

The symposium was chaired by Dr Chris Brookes, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

We hosted a session on 'Patient and carer involvement and engagement in self-harm and suicide prevention research' which was led by mental health researcher Dr Leah Quinlivan, and included discussion with members of our dedicated mental health patient and public involvement panel.

Speakers on the day were:

  • Prof Louis Appleby - Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Manchester, and Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group: Suicide, self-harm and patient safety in the COVID-19 era
  • Prof Nav Kapur - Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health at The University of Manchester, and Lead for Mental Health Research at the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC: Addressing mental health patient safety in the GM PSTRC: COVID-19 and beyond
  • Dr Chris Keyworth - Research Fellow, NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC, The University of Manchester: Mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and development of a theory-based intervention to reduce self-harm
  • Prof Ann John - Clinical Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, and Deputy Head, Swansea University Medical School: Seen but not heard - children and young people's mental health and suicidal behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic

Read the blog post summarising the 3rd NIHR GM PSTRC symposium.

2nd Annual NIHR PSTRCs PhD Network event 2020

The 2nd annual meeting of the NIHR PSTRCs PhD Network took place in Manchester on 24 February 2020. The PhD Network was set up as a way for PhD students from each of the three NIHR-funded patient safety research centres (Greater Manchester, Imperial, and Yorkshire and Humber) to connect and share their work and experiences. 

The event gave students the opportunity to present their work to fellow PhD students, researchers and theme leads in a friendly and relaxed environment, receiving advice and feedback from more experienced researchers in the network.

Read the blog post summarising the event and a personal account from one of our Greater Manchester PSTRC PhD students, Rebecca Musgrove


NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Annual Symposium 2019

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

The event covered 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

Experts from Paris and Norway joined NHS National Director of Patient Safety, Dr Aidan Fowler to speak at the event, at which there were around 100 academics, researchers, policy makers and NHS executives.

Read the symposium summary blog post.

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 was one question put to two “citizens’ juries” which were commissioned by the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC in early 2019. Citizens Juries c.i.c. recruited 18 people from around Coventry – 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 was then repeated with 18 different people from around Manchester to see whether they reached the same conclusions.

More information is available on our Citizens' Juries webpage.

We have also created a video explaining the process and results from the Manchester citizens' jury.

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.

Researcher, Lisa Riste, gave a personal take on Objectified and shares a personal poem that she wrote after visiting the exhibit in her blog post.


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.

Researcher Sally Giles, who attended the event, shares some creative writing from the first workshop in her 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.