Health services researcher Professor Peter Bower has been appointed as a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator.
The award recognises internationally excellent research that is relevant to patients and has an impact on improvements in healthcare and public health.
Professor Bower, who leads the NIHR School for Primary Care Research at The University of Manchester’s and is affiliated to Salford Royal, is one of only 200 NIHR Senior Investigators nationwide.
He said: “I am delighted to achieve this award. Although it is an individual award, I was only successful due to the support of the excellent team here at The University of Manchester, and our outstanding links with our NHS partners through the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. This award will help build on our existing collaborations with Salford Royal and contribute to developing world class research in Greater Manchester.
As well as his role within the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, he works with the North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research, is a theme lead within the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, and is local and national Specialty Group Lead for Health Services Research in the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
His work mainly focuses on long-term conditions, including self-management and behaviour change, as well as the role of patient-centred care. He is very interested in the management of multi-morbidity, especially the combination of physical and mental health problems.
One of his current projects is the CLASSIC study in Salford, examining whether a new way of caring for older people with long-term health conditions in Salford – the Integrated Care Programme – is a success.
Professor Bower is the third current NIHR Senior Investigator affiliated to Salford Royal, alongside Professor of Health Economics Matt Sutton and Professor of Dermatology Christopher Griffiths.