Highlights from @CLAHRC_GM

Welcome to the NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester Highlights

Part of what CLAHRC Greater Manchester does is make a difference in practice to people and, given our range of programme and projects, these are people with a wide range of conditions, receiving care in different places and at different stages of their lives. We’ve recently published a number of case studies on our website – to show how research really can make a difference – which I encourage you to look at.

If you’re interested in the wider network of 13 CLAHRCs across England, a database of all projects has just been launched; you can search the database by CLAHRC or by health category. Many of our projects are classified as ‘generic health relevance’ but we’re hoping to develop this more in future to make the categorisation more useful. All our projects link back through to our own website, but the national database will be of interest to those of you wondering what others are up to.

The new clahrcprojects.co.uk website showcases work from all 13 CLAHRCs in one place.

We have a great team of people working on CLAHRC projects, including the patients and carers who are part of our work. We’ve recently published blogs from some of the stroke carers we’re working with which are well worth reading – just some of the things we were involved in as part of stroke awareness month (“make may purple for stroke”). And we were delighted that, in the same month, the lead of our stroke programme, Audrey Bowen, was promoted to professor.

As always, please do follow up with us on items in this newsletter that are of interest to you – we are always pleased to connect with new people.

Making a difference to care in Greater Manchester and beyond
Our case studies show how we’ve made a difference to care for patients with a huge variety of different conditions: from people with chronic kidney disease or mental health issues, to people at risk of developing diabetes or who have survived a stroke. View our recent case studies.

Spreading our impact through blogs
Our recent blogs have discussed what it’s like being part of our REMORA app development team, what it means to be a nurse working in health research and how we’re working to prevent acute kidney injury, as well as three fantastic blogs in May from stroke carers to celebrate stroke awareness month. Read all of the blogs on our website.

New service for patients with chronic widespread pain
Patients with chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia can now access individually tailored programmes of talking therapy. This project aims to improve care by offering access to telephone-delivered talking therapies as part of the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Read more.

Developing an app for arthritis patients
We’re delighted to announce that, following a development period which included co-development with patients, we’re now up and running with the first version of our mobile phone app for the REMORA (REmote MOnitoring of Rheumatoid Arthritis) study. Read more.

Room for improvement in management of people with chronic kidney disease
Our most recent evaluation report shows that there’s still progress to be made in caring for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), in particular around finding patients who remain undiagnosed, increasing the quality and accuracy of proteinuria diagnoses and controlling blood pressure for more patients with CKD. If you’ve got ideas about how we might take this work forward, please get in touch. Read more.

Our newest project aims to improve care for kidney injury patients
Our latest work in Bury will implement and evaluate novel interventions to manage patients who have had an episode of care complicated by acute kidney injury. Read more.

Supporting end-of-life family carers
We recently worked with Marie Curie to adapt an evidence-based carer assessment tool to a hospital setting so that patients can be discharged from hospital at the end of their lives. As the project has now closed, we’re able to share some of our general findings before final results are published later this year. Read more.

New e-book is first in-depth guide to evaluating healthcare system innovations
Our director and one of our leadership team are some of the authors of a new e-book which analyses challenges faced by healthcare providers and academics in evaluating system-level innovations in healthcare services in an evolving landscape. Whilst it isn’t a ‘how-to’ guide to evaluation, it does cover the major research approaches and challenges and will be of interest to some of you. Read more.

Mapping research capacity activities in the CLAHRC communities
A new report from all 13 CLAHRCs details services and initiatives useful to anyone interested in developing research capacity in nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. Read more.

Partner event: Fairer futures? Reshaping care for older people, followed by a drinks reception at the Whitworth Art Gallery
12 September 2016, Manchester 

This symposium will bring together a broad audience of people interested in the care of older people, including academics from the Alliance Manchester Business School Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing and the Fairness at Work Research Centre, as well as older people, policy makers and practitioners. The event will consider issues around how we can do better for older people.

The day symposium will be followed by a drinks reception at the Whitworth Art Gallery, where the quality of work being produced by the HSRC will be showcased. If you are unable to attend the day programme please feel welcome to visit the Whitworth for the reception.

Read more or email hsrc@manchester.ac.uk to book your place.

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