National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre

Addressing Health Inequalities

Through the work of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF), we are aiming to increase research participation across Greater Manchester (GM) by increasing diversity and reducing social inequality.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership had developed seven priorities based on the poorest health outcomes across GM:

  1. More GM children will reach a good level of development cognitively, socially and emotionally
  2. Fewer GM babies will have a low birth weight, resulting in better outcomes for the baby and less cost to the health system.
  3. More GM families will be economically active and family incomes will increase
  4. Fewer people will die early from cardio-vascular disease
  5.  Fewer people will die early from cancer
  6. Fewer people will die early from respiratory disease
  7. More people will be supported to stay well and live at home for as long as possible.

Our approach to improving health inequalities is to try to make our research more accessible and inclusive. We will prioritise research that is:

  • most relevant to poor health outcomes and/or linked to GM priorites
  • examine barriers to participation and explore approaches to broaden access
  • develop more inclusive practice for both research participation and involvement