COVID-19 Coronavirus

Latest information from Health Innovation Manchester

Health Innovation Manchester is currently supporting the Greater Manchester response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, working with our partners across the local health and care system on the response. 

We will update this page regularly with updates on our areas of work and how this will affect some of our other ongoing projects and programmes. 

Currently all staff at Health Innovation Manchester are working remotely and our office is closed. If you need to contact us, please email so your message can be sent to the most appropriate member of staff. 

How are we supporting the response to COVID-19?

We have undertaken a detailed review of our plans and priorities so that we can fully support the Greater Manchester COVID-19 response and provide the best care and support to citizens and frontline health and care staff.

We have identified which existing projects have a direct link to supporting the COVID-19 response and will be accelerated; which will be paused and reviewed in three months’ time and which will be stopped entirely.  This review has been undertaken in the context of the regional and national directive.

We have identified several high priority programmes that are being developed in response to COVID-19, working closely with our health, care, academic and industry partners:


GM Research Rapid Response Group

Accelerating data sharing across GM

Digital Primary Care

Digital Care Homes

Mental Health

Long-term conditions management

Coordinating digital health and care activity

Supporting Patient Flow

Placental Growth Factor (PlGF) COVID-19 Accelerated Response

Work with our partners

AHSN Network

The AHSN Network

Research Test Tubes

Research to address the pandemic

Industry engagement

Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Patient Safety Collaborative: Deterioration

Patient Safety Collaborative

We would like to thank our key stakeholders and partners for your patience and support during this time – it is unprecedented for us all and we are committed to supporting you as much as possible.

Current NHS and Government Advice

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay alert – We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert.

This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read more about what you can and can’t do on the Government’s website 

If you or a member have coronavirus symptoms you must also isolate your household:
You must isolate and not leave your home if you have either:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days.
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms.
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Useful links and websites


More information about COVID-19, including advice to stop the spread of the virus is available on the NHS website

More information from the Government about COVID-19, including number of cases in the UK and recent government action is available online 

For more information about Greater Manchester’s Response visit the Greater Manchester Combined Authority website

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