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?

The AHSN Network

As an AHSN and part of The AHSN Network we are supporting our partners across the NHS and social care by helping them take full advantage of the most relevant innovations and technologies that can improve care for patients and support our services in this challenging context. Nationally, the AHSN Network is part of a coordinated NHS response to identify and enable the implementation of technologies that respond to areas of highest priority action, in particular solutions for remote consultation and patient monitoring, diagnostics and point-of-care testing.

If you are a company or an innovator with a potential COVID-19 related solution, please contact the relevant national agency direct:

  • Vaccines
    Contact Public Health England:
  • Ventilators
    Contact the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS): or call 0300 456 3565
  • Innovation and Tech
    Contact NHSX:
  • Diagnostics
    Contact Public Health England:

For more information about how AHSNs and The AHSN Network is supporting the response to COVID-19 visit The AHSN Network website.

Research to address the pandemic

The University of Manchester has established a COVID-19 research rapid response group through which scientists in our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health are working with NHS colleagues from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, supported by Health Innovation Manchester, and utilising our experimental and translational research expertise through the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility.

This brings together the research and innovation strengths of our partnerships in an unprecedented way to focus on this public health crisis. The aims are to minimise lives lost nationally and globally, and reduce the impact of the pandemic on Greater Manchester’s health and social care system and the wider community.

Find out more about the research priorities and projects here:

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.

The UK is now in the ‘delay phase’ of the national response to COVID-19. This phase recognises that COVID-19 is in the community and allows the government to consider how best to delay the spread of the virus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at 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.

How long to stay at home

  • 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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