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The Research Engagement Network Development Programme  (REND)


In early 2023, The Greater Manchester NHS Integrated Care Partnership, working in collaboration with ourselves NIHR ARC-GM, the other GM NIHR research infrastructure and the GM Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Leadership Group were awarded £100k from NHS England to test and evaluate the feasibility of a variety of approaches to grow local research networks to further develop a greater diversity of local participation in research.

The Research Engagement Network Development Programme is intended to be the learning phase of a longer, phased programme of support for ICSs, the research community, VCSE, and local communities to work more closely on research, building the blocks for strong partnership working.

The partnership focusses on:  

  • Co-producing improved approaches for creative engagement and communication in partnership with VCSE organisations to build trust with communities currently more excluded from taking part in research.
  • Developing an improved network wide system for monitoring and evaluating diverse and inclusive involvement and participation in research within specific areas and communities where inequalities are most evident

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'Putting the voices of those most in need at the heart of research to tackle health and care inequalities' by Sue Wood  


The recent commitments from Northern Leaders at the Convention of the North, highlights that  tackling health and care inequalities is a key priority for the North of England and Greater Manchester, with a need to find real solutions to the challenges of levelling up the North with other areas of England and uniting the North to unlock its potential....

 Read more here. 

Public & Community Involvement and Engagement

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