Take part in Research

Manchester Medical is a ‘research active’ practice. This means that we regularly undertake research in partnership with researchers and our patients to help improve the care that we provide. The research also helps to shape and influence the care that patients and the public receive nationally and even internationally.

Manchester Medical is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) ‘Research Ready’ programme. Dr Maria Ahmed is the Practice Research Lead.

What is research?

Put simply, research is a search for facts, answers to questions and solutions to problems.

There are lots of different types of health research. Some of these include:

  • Patient surveys / questionnaires
  • Patient interviews
  • Patient focus groups
  • Trials of new medications
  • Trials of new devices (e.g. blood glucose testing kits)
  • Trials of new mobile phone health ‘apps’

Why is it important for patients and the public to get involved in health research?

It is important for you to get involved in health research so that the results of research are relevant to you and your community. Benefits of getting involved in research include:

  • Social – you get to meet new people with similar health issues and interests to you
  • Health – you get to influence research that aims to improve your health and healthcare
  • Financial – some researchers are able to pay patients for taking part in research

How to get involved in research

There are lots of ways to get involved in research.

  • The Manchester Medical practice team will invite you take part in research that is relevant to you (based on criteria set by the research teams). There is no obligation to take part and all patients are free to leave from any research study at any point.
  • You can sign up to ‘Research for the Future’. This is a database of patients interested in taking part in research in Diabetes, Heart Disease, Lung Disease and Kidney Disease. If you have any of these health conditions and want to find out more please visit https://www.researchforthefuture.org/
  • You can sign up to ‘Join Dementia Research’. Check out our kiosk in the waiting room or visit https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/
  • You can visit the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) website for more opportunities ranging from being a ‘Patient Research Ambassador’ to reviewing future research studies. Please visit https://www.nihr.ac.uk/patients-and-public/how-to-join-in/

Examples of research undertaken at Manchester Medical

 ARRISA-UK: At-Risk Registers Integrated into primary care to Stop Asthma crises in the UK (University of East Anglia). ONGOING

 Pilot study to investigate the feasibility of setting up a sentinel surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance among community acquired urinary tract infections in Greater Manchester (Public Health England). COMPLETED

VACCept Survey study to understand the knowledge and acceptability of HPV vaccination to women aged 30 to 45 years and eligible for cervical screening (Queen Mary University of London). COMPLETED

SuMMiT-D: Support through mobile messaging and digital health technology for diabetes (University of Oxford and the University of Manchester). Staff focus group to help develop an app to improve self-care in Type 2 diabetes. COMPLETED