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How can the families of patients be better involved in mental health treatment to improve patient safety?
(10 October 2019)
This is something Donna Littlewood has been investigating through her latest study which aims to examine how involving patients families in their mental healthcare can positively contribute to improved patient wellbeing and reduce their risks of self-harm and suicide. The findings will contribute to the development of guidance to support health services in implementing family […]

Pharmacy staff to get suicide awareness training for the first time
(10 September 2019)
Community pharmacy staff would like more training on suicide prevention, a new study has revealed today. As a result, a first of its kind training video has been developed and will also be available from today to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. The research from the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Patient Safety […]

Exhibition of hope to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention day and launch #seedsofhope campaign
(10 September 2019)
On Tuesday 10th September an exhibition of photographs that represent hope for a group of patients and carers who have been affected by suicide will go on display at Manchester Town Hall in Rates Hall between 10.30 and 17.30 to raise awareness on World Suicide Prevention Day. The event is organised by researchers from the National […]

Greater Manchester PSTRC public contributor wins award at event celebrating patient and public involvement and engagement
(2 September 2019)
A lay member of the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Executive Management Board (EMB), Angela Ruddock, won the outstanding contribution to patient and public involvement award (PPI) at a university event in July. The event aimed to celebrate PPI and was organised by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Angela became a lay member of […]

Research launched to investigate the gap in care following self-harm – call for patient/carer input
(17 July 2019)
A study is underway investigating what helps patients’ access mental health assessments and psychological therapies following self-harm.  Despite the current clinical guidelines, there are wide differences in the services for people who self-harm and this study is designed to find out why. Researchers at the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational […]

Developing prescribing safety indicators for the prison setting
(17 July 2019)
by Richard Keers A project has just begun which aims to develop and test prescribing safety indicators in prison healthcare. Prescribing safety indicators describe prescribing and drug monitoring practices that may place patients at risk of harm, and which should generally be avoided. Whilst these indicators have been successfully introduced into hospitals and general practices […]

Improving injectable medicines administration safety in hospitals
(16 July 2019)
by Richard Keers A new project has recently got underway to explore whether a new intervention to reduce injectable medicines administration errors in hospitals would be practical and welcomed by nursing staff. It is hoped that this NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC work will identify how this intervention will be best designed and introduced into hospitals […]

PSTRC leading innovative workshops in involvement and engagement
(11 July 2019)
by Sally Giles Patient and public involvement/engagement (PPIE) plays a pivotal role in the work undertaken by the Greater Manchester PSTRC. Dr Sally Giles (Research Fellow) leads on PPIE at the PSTRC.  She is innovative in her approach to PPIE and is keen to improve understanding across the research centre and beyond. Sally said: “In […]

‘Have you heard?’: Success in Making a Difference awards
(10 July 2019)
by Donna Littlewood On 2nd May, the University of Manchester held its annual ‘Making a Difference’ awards to recognise activities and projects which have had a positive impact on local communities and wider society. The PSTRC was well-represented at the event, with one of our Research Associates part of the winning team in the category […]

Artificial Intelligence and decision making – experts discuss results of Citizens’ Juries to inform national guidance
(1 July 2019)
Is it necessary to give reasons for decisions made using artificial intelligence (AI) software even if the results may not be as accurate? Leading academics and experts believe, with the development of AI advancing, guidance on how it can be used in decision making is needed. The National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Patient […]