Our history of working with health and social care providers in the UK and overseas has enabled us to establish collaborative working relationships across these sectors.

Building on the wide-ranging expertise within Manchester Met and from our external partners, we are working to improve systemic healthcare outcomes as a fundamental part of our continued success.

Researchers in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care have internationally leading expertise across a range of health and social care pathways. They work with service users and carers to influence, design and evaluate our research impact and deliver our outcomes in co-production with partners.

Prof Josie Tetley


An ageing society is not something to be feared and we can adapt to safeguard our health and wellbeing as we age. Research is leading the way in making progress, not only to meet the demands of the next 50 years, but also to embrace and overcome them.

Prof Josie Tetley

Who are we working with?

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust Nuffield Health Department of Health & Care England Open University Social Care Partnership Network

Nuffield Health

We are proud of our ongoing partnership work with Nuffield Health and we continue to collaborate across a range of national priority areas including:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Healthy ageing
  • Lifestyle and behaviour change
  • Workplace health

Manchester Met’s academic community and capability in nursing and allied health education and practice, alongside Nuffield Health’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.

Department of Health/Care England

Our relationship as the academic partner in the groundbreaking Teaching Care Home project with Care England showcases our nursing education expertise at the highest level. The project, funded by the Department of Health, aims to improve the learning environment for staff working in care homes, nursing apprenticeships, and across all placements in the sector.

This innovative project brought together experts from practice and academia to develop the concept of the Teaching Care Home. The 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.

Improving mobility for stroke survivors with the Open University

16 million people have a stroke each year worldwide and an estimated 1.2 million people in the UK are 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 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.

Manchester Met worked in partnership with the Open University to test haptic devices (bracelets) that provide a non-invasive, low-cost way of helping people maintain their mobility once post-stroke rehabilitation has ended.

Haptic devices are bracelets that 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.

Social Care Partnership Network (SCPN)

We created the SCPN with our social care partners to help enhance our social care students’ work experience and employability. We work together with a range of small, medium, and large employers in the North West to ensure the best outcomes for our students.

Our social care and social work students benefit from pre-placement preparation, with skills advised by our network partners. This includes learning about equality and diversity in the workplace, communication skills, and team building and workplace culture.