About Us

Research helps to improve public health and patient care – it’s the way we improve treatments in the NHS and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Our Research and Innovation Department is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading centre for clinical trials and other studies, with more than 600 projects carried out here each year. Research links closely with clinical care and teaching to ensure patients and their wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do.

Our research includes experimental medicine, which looks at the causes of disease, how certain treatments work and whether they are safe, as well as large scale clinical trials which test the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments.

It means patients have access to some of the most cutting edge treatments and thousands of them volunteer to take part in our studies each year.

We work closely with the Universities of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and Salford as well as other NHS organisations and also collaborate nationally and internationally with other experts in our fields.

We are partners in the Greater Manchester Patient Safety  Research Collaboration (GM PSRC) which is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to work with patients, carers and health & social care staff and providers to develop and test ways of doing things (interventions) to improve patient safety across four key themes.

Northern Care Alliance is part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) which transforms scientific breakthroughs into diagnostic tests and life-saving treatments for patients.

Biomedical Research Centres are collaborations between NHS organisations and universities. They bring together academics and clinicians to translate scientific discoveries into potential new treatments, diagnostics and technologies.

Manchester BRC is hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Manchester – in partnership with five NHS trusts; Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,  and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Centre is driving forward pioneering research in cancer (prevention and early detection, advanced radiotherapy, precision medicine, living with and beyond cancer), inflammation (rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease, respiratory medicine, dermatology, integrative cardiovascular medicine), high-burden under-researched conditions (hearing health, mental health, rare conditions) and disease complexity and multimorbidity (next generation phenotyping and diagnostics, next generation therapeutics).

Our Clinical Research Facility at Salford Royal is one of six world-class facilities that make up the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility. 

R&I Brochure December 2021

R&I Strategy 2022-27

Meet the Research & Innovation Team

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