Greater Manchester

Aligning Mental Health Research

Project Closed

Please note: This project has now closed

Health Innovation Manchester and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have worked together to better align mental health research priorities with the needs of our 2.8million citizens in Greater Manchester.

Historically, research has not always reflected the needs of our local population. Currently, £615million is spent on mental health services across Greater Manchester and there are 3,981 people in GM in contact with mental health services for every 100,000 of the population compared to 2,176 nationally.

As part of the project, a listening exercise took place, inviting and a new listening exercise aims to engage with residents, carers and those working in mental health to discover what the region’s mental health priorities should be.

The listening exercise, which launched on 26 September 2019 and ran until 8 November 2019, followed a review of the current research activity taking place in Greater Manchester and discussions with leading clinical academics, patients and public members about how Greater Manchester generates and prioritises key research questions.

Key questions included identifying key priorities for mental health research, opportunities to take a more collaborative and joined-up approach to mental health research and the challenges currently facing research.

The results of the listening exercise will also feed into the development of an update of the Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.


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