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£275,000 funding announced to optimise neighbourhood vaccination activity in Greater Manchester

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£275,000 funding announced to optimise neighbourhood vaccination activity in Greater Manchester

A JOINT project to gain insights into neighbourhood vaccination activities in Greater Manchester has received £275,000 funding.


Health Innovation Manchester, the AHSN for Greater Manchester and East Cheshire, and ourselves the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (NIHR ARC-GM) have been awarded £275,000 funding for an NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme project (NIPP).


The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unequal impact on populations in the UK, with Greater Manchester experiencing disproportionally high virus-related morbidity and mortality. Although the COVID-19 vaccination programme has been hugely impactful, uptake of the vaccines has varied across Greater Manchester communities and neighbourhoods.


The joint project will examine barriers to vaccination uptake across the region and learn from local approaches undertaken to overcome these, with an aim to gain rapid insights into innovation development, implementation and outcomes.


This research and information will be used to explore further opportunities for targeted vaccination activities and produce actionable guidance for all types of vaccination programmes delivered now and in the future across Greater Manchester.


Dr Tracey Vell, Health Innovation Manchester’s Clinical Director, said:

“A successful vaccination programme has been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Greater Manchester has found innovative ways to deliver both COVID-19 and flu vaccines in the community and it is important that we learn from these to improve vaccination programmes in the future.”


Dai Roberts, Senior Programme Development Lead at Health Innovation Manchester, said:

“By generating rapid insights into the implementation of locally responsive neighbourhood vaccination activity we are aiming to reduce inequalities and create a lasting legacy of best practice for vaccination delivery in Greater Manchester.”


Professor Jo Dumville, Deputy Lead for the NIHR ARC-GM Evaluation theme and Professor of Applied Health Research at the University of Manchester, said:

"We plan to describe vaccination activity, understand successes and learn from these models to optimise future vaccination delivery.”


Janet Castrogiovanni, Managing Director of the Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board, said:

“This is an important piece of research which will help us to plan how we deliver vaccinations routinely in the future”.


The NHS Insights Prioritisation Programme was established by the NHS Accelerated Access Collaborative and the NIHR to accelerate the evaluation and implementation of innovation that supports post-pandemic ways of working, builds service resilience and delivers benefits to patients.


For more information about the project visit the project webpage