NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre

Inclusive Research

Our vision is to provide personalised health and care for all.

Co-created with the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Research Advisory Group (BRAG), researchers and Vocal, Manchester BRC defines Inclusive Research as;

Research that takes deliberate action to meet the health research needs of different people, to address barriers to inclusion and to promote environments where everyone feels included, respected and valued.

Inclusive Research seeks to empower participants to co-produce and engage in all stages of the research process, ensuring research outcomes are relevant and meaningful.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of everything we do across Manchester BRC because it is so important in enabling us to deliver our vision to reduce health inequalities and provide personalised health and care for all.

We are strongly committed to building a more inclusive and effective research environment, which will drive forward even more improvements in health and care for the communities we serve.

Our EDI Strategy, jointly produced and delivered with the NIHR Manchester CRF, can be found here.

Inclusive Research Oversight Board (IROB)

To meet the aims and objectives of Manchester BRC, we have established an Inclusive Research Oversight Board (IROB) that includes public contributors and representatives from the BRC and CRF from Greater Manchester, Blackpool and Lancashire, public health, methodologists, and representatives from Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership and Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Partnership.

Formed in response to our Scientific Advisory Board’s recommendations, the Inclusive Research Oversight Board (IROB) aims to address inclusivity and health equity in the research that Manchester BRC prioritises, designs, undertakes and disseminates. It will also focus on the inclusivity of our workforce, patients and public.

The IROB embeds the principles of inclusive research into the experimental medicine programmes and strategies of the Manchester BRC by advising on, guiding, and monitoring inclusive research practices. Training and sharing best practice for Inclusive Research across Manchester BRC infrastructure is a priority.

Our Inclusive Research Strategy is currently being developed in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF). This will contribute to our commitment to achieving personalised health and care for all.

IROB works closely with all elements of the BRC infrastructure and the Board’s activities and reporting will feed into the BRC Strategic Executive.

For further information on the IROB please email:

Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Participation (PPIEP)

Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Participation (PPIEP) is a fundamental pillar in our ambitions to achieve successful and inclusive research.

Manchester BRC delivers an integrated programme for PPIEP in close collaboration with Vocal and extensive networks of public, patient and community partners. Vocal’s vision is to bring people and health research together for everyone’s benefit.

Our BRC and NIHR Manchester CRF joint strategy to embed PPIEP, has been co-created with BRAG, public and community partners and researchers.