Publish date: 25 November 2022
The Centre for Integrated Healthcare Research - a collaborative partnership to use research to improve patient outcomes for the people of Tameside and Glossop – launched on 21 November.
Manchester Metropolitan University, and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, have come together with the ambition to improve patient care through research, innovation and knowledge exchange.
The new partnership will focus on priority areas including clinical and medical research and development, innovation in eHealth and eHealthcare and business development.
In order to achieve their aims, the two organisations will undertake measures such as supporting clinical academic collaborations and developing joint strategies for health-related research, health design and education.
The Trust has been working with the Faculty of Health and Education at Manchester Metropolitan University prior to the COVID pandemic with a vision to set up a collaborative partnership to fulfil their joint purposes and common goals to use research to improve patient outcomes.
Trust Chief Executive, Karen James OBE, says the health service both nationally and locally is facing significant and ever-increasing challenges. “We already appreciate the power of collaboration with other healthcare providers. There is a strong history of partnership working between us and the University, and we believe this Centre, which will be housed in our Stamford Unit, will herald a new era where together we will find ways to improve the lives of the people in the community we serve.”
Mark Hayter, Head of Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “We are delighted to be partners on this exciting and timely development of research in the integrated care environment. Development of an evidence-based approach to integrative care is vital to ensure high quality care and service provision and is key to helping reduce inequalities in the community, with a focus on digital inclusion and how this is linked to health equality.”
“We look forward to the development of impactful collaborative research with Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust to make a real contribution to caring for patients and the population - and becoming a national beacon for integrative health care research.”
Executive oversight for the work of the Centre comprises the Chief Nurse for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and the Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Day-to-day working will include the Head of Nursing, located in the Department of Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Trust’s Deputy Director of Nursing Professional Standards, Safeguarding and Assurance.