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Involvement and engagement

Involvement and engagement is integral to all aspects of the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC.

We consult, listen to and involve patients, carers, members of the public and stakeholders at all stages of research.

Patient and public involvement

Patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI/E) remains central to our work. Our vision is for a joined-up approach to the delivery of PPI/E across Greater Manchester.

This will involve working with other NIHR infrastructure groups such as Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Greater Manchester (CLAHRC GM), as well as the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF).

The NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC will continue to engage with local communities and will participate in current PPI activity within Greater Manchester.

We work to the NIHR INVOLVE definition of patient and public involvement (PPI), which is: "Research being carried out 'with' or 'by' members of the public, rather than 'to', 'about' or 'for' them".

Patient Safety PSP

It is important that research into patient safety in primary care addresses topics that are of importance to patients, carers and healthcare professionals. However, this is often not the case.

The 2012-17 NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC set up a Patient Safety in Primary Care Priority Setting Partnership (Patient Safety PSP) to identify the top ten areas of uncertainty, as agreed by patients, carers and healthcare professionals. 

We set up a Steering Group who agreed the content and format of the priority setting survey. The survey was circulated as widely as possible among patients, carers and healthcare professionals to gather information on what are seen as the most important 'unanswered questions' around patient safety in primary care.

The PSP's Steering Group was asked to rank a 'top 60', which was then collated into a second survey, again open to all. The end product was a widely publicised 'top 10' list of unanswered questions, which was agreed on 16 March 2017 at a final workshop attended by healthcare professionals, patients and carers.

The top 10 unanswered questions in order of priority are:

  1. How can patient safety be assured for the most vulnerable in society (eg people who are frail, have mental health problems or cognitive impairments)?
  2. How can we make sure that the whole patient is treated, not just one condition and with mental health and physical health both being treated together?
  3. How can we improve safe communication and co-ordination of care between primary and secondary care?
  4. In what ways does work intensity, hours worked and staffing levels affect patient safety/near misses?
  5. How does continuity of care influence patient safety?
  6. How well do patients understand the information that has been conveyed to them during the consultation?
  7. What can primary care do to identify and support people who may be at risk of suicide?
  8. Which type of practitioner (GP, advanced nurse practitioner, practice nurse) is safest to see which types of patients (acute illnesses, acute or chronic multi-morbid)?
  9. How can information within patient medical records be made available to patients and care providers in a way that protects privacy and improves safety and quality of care?
  10. How can risks be mitigated to allow for safe complex care at home?

See more information about the survey: PSP survey infographic (PDF, 873KB).

Interested in becoming a member of the Board?

We are looking for a Non-Executive lay member to join the Executive Management Board for the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (Greater Manchester PSTRC) 

Closing date: Monday 22nd January 2018 at 5pm

Time commitment:  Regular meetings over a 2 year period

Lay member - further information

We are looking for someone who can:

  • lead and represent the patient/public voice of  the Greater Manchester PSTRC by membership of the Executive Management Board and theme/project review meetings
  • represent the Greater Manchester PSTRC to outside bodies as required and provide a patient/public perspective to the Greater Manchester PSTRC strategic plan

You will have:

  • An understanding of executive committee processes
  • An understanding of governance processes at an executive level
  • An understanding of NHS healthcare structures and issues in Greater Manchester and the UK
  • Responsibility to ensure that the Greater Manchester PSTRC Executive Management Board is kept appropriately informed of involvement and engagement progress, impact and concerns within the Greater Manchester PSTRC
  • the skills and knowledge to contribute to a range of involvement and engagement meetings

Full copy of the role description and person specification.


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Dr Sally Giles, PPI Lead by email or phone: 0161 306 8020.

To apply

If you would like to apply, please fill out the following forms:

  • Application form
  • Equality monitoring form

Which you can download here: Information for applicants (application and equality forms) (word doc) 

Closing date: Monday 22nd January 2018 at 5pm

Return the completed forms by email to Dr Sally Giles.

Appointment process   

Appointment for the Non-Exec lay member position will be made by shortlisting and a face-to-face formal interview.

Further information

Payments policy (PDF)

Healthcare stakeholders

The Greater Manchester PSTRC's first core aim is to develop and test evidence-based digital and behavioural interventions to improve patients' safety in their interactions with primary care and during transitions between care settings.

The second aim is then to work with Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN), Patient Safety Collaboratives, and NHS and local authority partners.

This work will involve translating early translational research into practice and national learning, as well as change in routine health and social care settings.