About us

NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC

The National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC) is funded by the NIHR for five years from August 2012. Its purpose is to conduct research on patient safety in primary care settings, which has been a significiantly under-researched area. Through its four research themes, Medication Safety, Multimorbidity, General Practice and Interface and Informatics, the centre aims to:

  1. Develop evidence-based approaches to keep patients safe in their interactions with primary care
  2. Develop capacity in primary care patient safety research
  3. Develop and test educational interventions aimed at both patients and practitioners to improve patient safety

The centre also has a broad patient and public involvement and engagement agenda, with patients, carers and members of the public involved in all stages of its research.

James Lind Alliance

Research on the effects of treatments often overlooks the shared interests of patients, carers and healthcare professionals. As a result, questions that they all consider important are not addressed and many areas of potentially important research are therefore neglected.

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) is a non-profit making initiative which exists to help address this imbalance. It brings patients, carers and healthcare professionals together in Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) to identify and prioritise the Top 10 uncertainties, or 'unanswered questions', that they agree are most important.

Priority Setting Partnership

A Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) enables patients, carers and healthcare professionals to work together to identify and prioritise important uncertainties that could be answered by research.

Focusing on specific conditions or healthcare settings, the JLA facilitates PSPs which:

  • bring patient, carer and healthcare professional groups together on an equal footing
  • identify uncertainties (questions which cannot be answered by existing research) which are important to all groups
  • work with all groups to jointly prioritise the uncertainties
  • produce a final list (often a Top 10) of jointly agreed research priorities, publicise them widely, and make sure that other uncertainties they have discovered are recorded and available for researchers and research funders to access
  • provide a rare and valuable opportunity for patients and healthcare professionals to shape the health research agenda.

The Greater Manchester PSTRC is carrying out its own PSP, in partnership with the JLA, to find out what patients, carers and healthcare professionals believe to be the most important unanswered questions around patient safety in primary care.