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

At Vocal, we bring together people from all walks of life, with all kinds of experiences, and connect them with health research. We believe that by working together we can push the boundaries of what research can achieve, now and in the future.

Whether you’re a patient, carer or simply interested in having your say, your opinions and lived experiences are vital to our work. We will support you to get involved and this will help researchers find out the information they need to develop research which leads to better diagnoses, treatments and care in the future.

 If you’re a researcher we can help you enhance your research by connecting you with patients, families and communities – enabling you to put people’s voices and lived experiences at the heart of your research.

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.

Vocal is a not for profit organisation, hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with The University of Manchester. (Please note we have changed our name from the Public Programmes to Vocal).

To find out more visit our website www.wearevocal.org

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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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