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Our NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC - COVID-19 blog post will continue to be updated as the pandemic develops.


Concerning drop in the number of people with mental health problems seeking help revealed
(12 January 2021)
During April 2020, while the UK was in full lockdown, there was a drop of more than a third in the number of people seeking help for mental illness or self-harm according to research involving 14 million people registered at general practices across the four nations of the UK which was published today in The […]

Is COVID-19 our chance to build a safer and more compassionate health and social care system for people experiencing homelessness?
(18 December 2020)
by Martin Burrows, Director of Research and Campaigns at Groundswell, Mat Amp, Project Officer at Groundswell, Kelly Howells and Caroline Sanders from the GM PSTRC Groundswell, is a charity that works with people with experience of homelessness, offering opportunities to contribute to society and create solutions to homelessness.   Two years ago we began working […]

From Grief to Hope: The importance of public engagement when researching hard to reach populations
(18 December 2020)
A research organisation, Suicide Bereavement UK, supported by the GM PSTRC has published findings that highlight the need to act urgently to help reduce the suicide rate amongst those impacted by suicide. The national suicide bereavement survey was led by Suicide Bereavement UK on behalf of the University of Manchester and Support After Suicide Partnership. […]

England’s deprivation divide on opioid prescribing revealed
(15 December 2020)
A study by University of Manchester epidemiologists and co-funded by the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR GM PSTRC) is the first to show stark differences in opioid prescribing by GPs in areas just a few miles apart.   The study of English data in the journal Epidemiology […]

National study reveals new insights into avoidable harm in primary care
(11 November 2020)
A national study of general practices in England has revealed the frequency of incidents of significant avoidable harm in primary care, and also important new details. For example, according to the research the main causes are diagnostic error (more than 60%), medication incidents (more than 25%) and delayed referrals (nearly 11%).   The study included […]

First Covid lockdown had major impact on type 2 diabetes diagnosis and monitoring
(9 November 2020)
New diagnoses for type 2 diabetes within a UK cohort of 13 million people were 70% down in the month of April 2020, compared to expected rates based on 10-year trends in 23 million people, according to new research.   The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Patient Safety […]

Ineffective regulation on discharge from hospital in England leaves patients at risk
(22 October 2020)
Regulators have failed to properly address patient safety on discharge from hospital in England, leaving the physical wellbeing and dignity of patients continuously at risk at a time when they should be returning safely home, finds new research.   The research, ‘Leaving hospital: A step too far for risk-based regulation?’ investigates the reasons for the […]

Suicide prevention training to be completed by all community pharmacy staff in England by early 2021
(10 October 2020)
Hayley Gorton is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Huddersfield, a community pharmacist and completed her PhD at the NIHR GM PSTRC. Last year, Hayley and other GM PSTRC researchers published a paper that talked about the current and potential role of community pharmacy staff in self-harm and suicide prevention. The […]

New study launched into the impact of COVID-19 on self-harm presentation rates and clinical management of people who have harmed themselves
(9 October 2020)
A new 12 month study has launched to look at how the COVID-19 public health emergency has impacted help-seeking for self-harm and primary care management of people who have harmed themselves. It is one of six projects that will focus on the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of three at-risk groups awarded […]

New research reveals a significant drop in the general practice diagnosis of several common health conditions in Salford from March to May 2020
(24 September 2020)
Electronic health records of approximately a quarter of a million people were analysed to identify the impact of COVID-19 on general practice (primary care) by a patient safety research centre between 1st March and 31st May 2020.   According to the research published in The Lancet Public Health, for many common physical and mental health […]