Research Events

Upcoming Events

Greater Manchester Clinical Research Awards 2016

The awards are now into their fourth year and provide an opportunity for the Greater Manchester health research community to benchmark their skills against their peers.

Over the past three years, our Trust has been represented at the awards by 15 finalists, with seven of these being awarded as winner in their categories.

The awards enable the Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester to recognise the region’s hard-working and high-achieving researchers, research teams, R&D departments and other research support functions.

There are 10 categories for you to acknowledge the valuable research delivery achievements by people and teams since April 2015. The awards are open to all NHS research staff and anyone can submit nominations.

The top three shortlisted in each category will be invited to the awards ceremony at a Manchester city centre hotel on the evening of Thursday 17 November.

The awards are currently open to nominations; closing on Sunday 25 September. Find out more and submit nominations


Greater Manchester Stroke Research Event – 07 October 2016

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International Clinical Trials Day - 20 May 2016 - A chance to find out more about the benefits of research and how you can help

What is International Clinical Trials Day?

International Clinical Trials Day is held every year to mark the anniversary of the world’s first recorded clinical trial in 1747, when Dr James Lind investigated the treatment of scurvy amongst sailors of the Royal Navy. Lind’s experiment consisted of giving different dietary supplements to six pairs of sailors. Although the trial lasted only six days, there was a noticeable improvement in the group who had been eating citrus fruits. This gave Lind the evidence to support a link between citrus fruits and the reduction of the symptoms of scurvy.

Although clinical trials have developed a great deal since Lind's discovery, Clinical Trials Day is an opportunity to remember his work and highlight the importance of research in healthcare, with hospitals from across the country helping to celebrate this day every year.

Research is the only evidence-based method of deciding whether a new approach to treatment or care is better than the current standard, and is essential to diagnose, treat, prevent, and cure disease. Our Trust promises to provide excellent quality, safe, evidence-based patient care and to push the boundaries of care delivery and efficiency by adopting best practice and building on our current knowledge.

Our Research

Our research department is made up of dedicated, compassionate staff, who are committed to providing high quality research for our patients. We have an excellent reputation, both globally and within the UK, and have won several awards highlighting varying successes within the department. We have over 350 research studies in 22 different specialities, and are continuously opening new studies to give as many of our patients as possible the chance to participate in high quality research, and improve the care of future patients with innovative treatments.

Research is vital to improving healthcare, but research couldn’t be done without those who choose to participate. The NHS constitution says that patients have the right to find out about the research opportunities suitable for them. And research shows that patients want to get involved:

According to a poll in June 2011:

  • 97% of the public believe it’s important for the NHS to support research into new treatments
  • 93% want their local NHS to be encouraged or required to support research
  • 72% would like to be offered opportunities to be involved in trials of new medicines or treatments, if they suffered from a health condition that affects their day-to-day life.

If you are interested in what research has to offer, this is the perfect day to find out more.

Clinical Trials day at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

There will be dedicated stands at all four of our hospitals (see below for stand locations) where research nurses and other research staff will be available all day to provide information or answer any questions that you may have.

You will be able to:

  • Speak to our excellent research staff and ask any questions that you may have
  • Find out why other patients have taken part in research
  • Find out about which medical areas are research active
  • Register your interest in taking part in research
  • If you have already taken part in a research study, you will be able to leave any feedback that you have

The stands will be held at each of our sites throughout the day:

  • Fairfield General Hospital – Outside the Broadoak Restaurant
  • North Manchester General Hospital – Corridor leading to the Gallery Restaurant
  • Rochdale Infirmary – Main entrance
  • Royal Oldham Hospital - Link bridge outside Café Royal

Our Trust is dedicated to being compassionate. We value not only patients who are new to research, but those who have taken part, or who are still participating, in research. We want to understand your perspective on research, and listen to any information that you want to share with us. Positive relationships between patients and healthcare providers are vital to high-quality, relevant research.

Here are some interesting facts about research at our Trust:

  • There are currently 359 research studies which our patients are taking part in
  • 33% of these studies are investigating treatment drugs
  • Over 150 new studies have opened in the last year
  • Over the last year, 4869 patients have taken part in a research study