Public and Community Involvement and Engagement
Health Innovation Manchester (HInM) works with a wide range of innovators and researchers to discover, develop and deploy new solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s 2.8m citizens.
Partners include large-scale businesses and industry but also small to medium sized enterprises that have a new product, service or new technology. Innovations include new medicines, new medical devices and new ways of working that have a proven track record and can bring benefits for patients and the NHS.
Health Innovation Manchester also has a thriving programme of research, which tests and evaluates early stage innovations to ensure they truly benefit patients and the NHS in the real world.
The general public remains a key enabler in the delivery of our work around innovation and research. Our aim is to ensure that the voices and lived experience of local people is at the heart of all that we do. This partnership is crucial in helping us to ensure that the projects and innovations we take forward will enable us to address the health needs of our population and the diverse communities of Greater Manchester.
There are several ways that we work in partnership with the public to achieve this:
We reach out to engage with local people and diverse communities by for example, inviting the public to attend events where we raise awareness about our projects. We may also recruit local people that are willing to share their experiences around a health-related issue or topic and capture this in a patient story which we share more widely.
We recruit members of the public with relevant lived experience, skills or knowledge to work in partnership with researchers or a project team. This partnership creates opportunities to help shape the direction of projects and influence decision making.
We recruit members of the public with relevant lived experience to be ‘participants’ in research. This could involve members of the public being interviewed by researchers and alongside other participants, the insights gathered are summarised in research findings.
Our partner, Research for the Future, is an award-winning, NHS supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research. Getting involved in research means you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses. Find out more here: https://www.researchforthefuture.org/