Our vision is to make health research relevant and inclusive for everyone.

The Public Programmes Team is a specialist unit advising on and delivering patient and public involvement and engagement, across Greater Manchester, nationally and internationally. We are financially independent and not-for profit, hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with The University of Manchester.

We are committed to building an inclusive culture of research involvement and engagement. We fully embrace and value diversity and respect individual differences and the unique contributions that individuals bring to our work. We aspire to going beyond the equalities legislation and share the principles set out in the respective policies of our host organisations, The University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

We are part of the Health Inequalities Steering Group working with the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) to collectively address health inequalities in research in Greater Manchester.

Our values:

  • Working together
  • Everyone matters
  • Innovating
  • Driving excellence

Our strategic focus areas:

  • Prioritising diversity and inclusion within our contributors, audiences and approaches
  • Experimenting with arts-led approaches; innovating across engagement and involvement
  • Delivering gold standard evaluation and research informing a continuous cycle of innovation and improvement in our practice
  • Building capacity for engagement and involvement within researchers and public contributors.

Find out more about the services we offer below 


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Strategic advice

We support organisations to develop thoughtful and thorough policies for engagement and involvement locally, nationally and internationally.

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Design & delivery

Our portfolio of public engagement and involvement programmes has attracted national and international funding, and been recognised through a number of awards.

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We undertake research and evaluation work into patient and public involvement in biomedical and health-related research with a wide range of partners.

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Learning & development

Our portfolio of training workshops and bespoke support around engagement and involvement is based on over 15 years of experience.

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