Our long and proud history of working with the very best health and social care providers in the UK and overseas has enabled us to establish collaborative working relationships. Building on the wide ranging expertise within the University and from our external partners, we are working to improve systemic healthcare outcomes as a fundamental part of our continued success.
Proud of our ongoing partnership work with Nuffield, the University will continue to collaborate across a range of national priority areas including: health promotion and disease prevention, rehabilitation, healthy ageing, lifestyle and behaviour change and workplace health. Which will bring together complementary strengths. The University's academic community and capability in nursing and allied health education and practice alongside Nuffield’s experience and expertise in relation to health promotion and healthcare delivery offers a unique opportunity. The aim is to develop a reforming Health and Wellbeing Partnership in Manchester; with healthcare research development and innovation in one central location at the heart of the health and social care devolution Project.
The joint venture between the University and Pennine Care will enable the University to become a recognised centre of excellence, where research, innovation, workforce and organisational development combine to support and promote a progressive mental health and community wellbeing agenda. The partnership brings together academic and clinical professionals, providing a platform to inform strategic developments across both organisations and integrate academic, clinical and social research, catalyse innovation and lead workforce development. Whilst ensuring that the modern health and social care workforce is equipped with the knowledge, skills and qualifications needed to deliver physical and mental health care of the highest quality.
The University is also working with Pennine NHS Trust’s Memory Clinic and KMS solutions to develop innovative solutions to enhance independence, enabling people with Dementia to remain living at home longer and more safely. For people with Dementia, being able to remain in a familiar environment can help them to maintain independent living and promote social inclusion. Working with the University, KMS Solutions have identified and developed a range of new, easy to use mobile technologies,which can support both people with Dementia and their carers.
Greater Manchester Police and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust have jointly developed the Oldham Phone Triage/RAID Pilot Project to provide a mental health phone triage service for local police officers attending incidents where an individual appears to be experiencing mental health problems. The project seeks to improve police decision making and outcomes where police officers attend incidents in the community and believe a person requires professional mental health advice and assistance. Police officers are able to contact a dedicated telephone number for professional advice and assistance from the Trust’s psychiatric liaison service, RAID (Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge). The RAID service consists of experienced mental health workers (working with hospital colleagues) who are available to support people with mental health and/or alcohol problems.
Our relationship as the academic partner in the ground-breaking Teaching Care Home project with Care England showcases our Nursing expertise at the highest level. The project funded by the Department of Health will improve the learning environment for staff working in care homes, nursing apprenticeships and across all placements in the sector. This innovative project brings together experts from practice and academia to develop the concept of the Teaching Care Home. This pilot project aims to further promote the industry, retain and recruit nurses by raising awareness and prominence of care home work in the wider nursing community and provide motivation and aspiration for the next generation of carers.
With 16 million people having a stroke each year worldwide and an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK living with the consequences of stroke, walking (and particularly walking in the community) continues to be a significant issue.. As a result, restoration of walking ability is a key and common goal to both stroke survivors and their therapists, but the level of rehabilitation available to people after stroke is often limited by service constraints. Once the intensive rehabilitation has ended, many stroke survivors struggle to improve or maintain benefits in their walking in the community. This results in persistent restrictions in mobility for many stroke survivors, which contributes to a significant reduction in their quality of life and participation. The University is working in partnership with the Open University to test haptic devices. Haptic devices are bracelets, which produce a rhythmical stimuli, such as tapping along to a beat through a device worn next to the skin while producing a vibratory cue that the user can follow to improve the symmetry of their walking.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are government initiatives, enabling businesses to grow by utilising the academic strengths and research expertise of Universities. There are a number of these partnerships across the University at all levels of development. The faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care recently worked with leading pharmaceutical company Astellas to improve personalised treatment pathways for patients.
Astellas Pharma Europe provides innovative medicines in areas of health where there is urgent need for better treatments. With the help of Manchester Metropolitan University, the company will be better able to identify these areas as well as which patient groups have the highest unmet medical needs. Analysing the ‘Big Data’ from the anonymised patient records in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, University researchers will look at economic and clinical health outcomes of certain medications. This will provide real-world evidence of which medications were clinically effective and cost-effective because of their continued use but also which medications stopped being used by patients. The adherence studies carried out by the University will look at what factors influenced patients’ decisions to suspend use of certain medications. This research will allow GPs to develop tailored medical treatment pathways for individual patients in an attempt to improve compliance and ensure patients continue to use the medications they need.