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Ruth Boaden, Director, University of Manchester
As you know, the work of NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester is coming to an end after nearly six years. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your years of partnership and collaboration; and provide some of my personal reflections on the CLAHRC.
Generating new knowledge
We have had an average of 34 academic papers published each year and have over 50 currently being considered for publication - with more still to be written. These will be read across the world, showing how we have developed new knowledge through our partnership work in GM. We’re also delighted that many of our papers are co-authored with partners too.
All of these academic publications and the numerous presentations we’ve given at conferences are available on our website, and will continue to be available from a link on the new ARC Greater Manchester website (available from 1 Oct: www.arc-gm.nihr.ac.uk).
We’re proud to have enriched the expertise, careers, and lives of our own staff, NHS partners, patients and the public. In particular, our partnership has enabled staff to take their first steps in research through our internship programme. We’ve run workshops on evaluation which have been appreciated and led to realistic and impactful evaluation.
The legacy of our PhD and MRes students’ research, and our interns’ work will continue to benefit the NHS for many years to come.
Patients and the public have been involved in our work in many ways. We didn’t use a ‘one size fits all’ approach so we’ve benefitted from a range of inputs including that in the OSCARRS study and we’ve learned many things that will inform work in the future.
We were very proud to win a Patients as Partners Award for the REMORA smartphone study; and have continued to pioneer patient involvement and engagement, including in our recent NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship study considering views on health data in learning health systems.
Our engagement with partners, both within GM, nationally and internationally has delivered great benefits for services and their users.
At any one time we’ve been working with up to 30 different organisations, collaborating to produce tangible “products” that can be used to improve services (such as the Royal College of GPs AKI toolkit).
Working together in real time has also supported improvements in evidence-based practice, such as through our Wound Care Programme. Evaluation has led to improvements in services in our partner organisations, in particular through our work within GM on primary care access and workforce which has had GM wide impact
We’ve demonstrated that the best way to improve lives is through organisations and staff being part of this improvement.
I’m incredibly proud of how our work has positively impacted the lives and experiences of patients, service users and carers. Our emphasis on carer support in our stroke and end of life work has benefitted patients, carers and staff in services across the UK, and across the globe.
Partnership and Collaboration
Collaboration is at the heart of our CLAHRC.
In fact, when I recently asked the team at CLAHRC GM what the most enriching part of their roles were, they responded:
“The opportunity of working with a range of people from different disciplines, roles, responsibilities.”
And I’m also very proud that our partners have enjoyed working with us too:
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you and colleagues across the CLAHRC team over several years. I think it has been a true example of collaboration”
The ever-changing landscape
And though the landscape within which we work has continually changed throughout the lifespan of the CLAHRC, we have established great partnerships and are very grateful to everyone that has continued to collaborate whatever the name or location of their employer.
Together, we have collaborated on studies that have impacted on people, organisations, and systems across the UK, Europe and the world. That this global impact has originated from partnerships established in Greater Manchester is a source of immense pride for me.
It's also fitting to reflect on the words of Chair of the CLAHRC GM Board Chris Brookes, when considering the impact of the CLAHRC:
"CLAHRC GM has a legacy that will live on many years into the future; and of which, everyone who has worked as part of the team (for a long time or a short time) can be incredibly proud.”
So I’d like to thank you, all our staff, and all of our partners for making the past six years such an important, enriching, and valuable experience which has made a difference for so many; and wish you all the very best for the future.
Date Published: 30/09/2019