Manchester hospitals amongst leading biomedical and healthcare research organisations in England
An independent RAND analysis, commissioned by The Department of Health, highlights the strong biomedical and healthcare research capabilities across Manchester.
The researchers used bibliometric analysis to calculate highly cited publications (HCPs) between 2004 and 2013 for all specialties attributable to hospital Trusts and universities in England. MAHSC partners* were amongst the highest performing research organisations.
In combination, the MAHSC hospital partners came third nationally after Oxford and Cambridge hospitals. In the league table of hospital Trust performance, individual MAHSC hospitals ranked nationally in the top 5 in 9 specialties (Table I).
In the parallel analysis of universities, The University of Manchester came in the top 5 in 26 different specialties (Table I).
Professor Neil Hanley, Clinical Head of R & I at CMFT said: “These results are exciting for Manchester and a great showing for CMFT. We are one of only two hospital Trusts in northern England in the top 10.
“The combined performance across Manchester, placing us 3rd nationally, is a fantastic measure of our cutting-edge research. For the future, it really shows that as a joined up force Manchester can forge a path as a major player in international biomedical and healthcare research.”
Table I. Specialities where Manchester is ranked within top 5 organisations for HCPs
*The University of Manchester (UoM), Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (The Christie), University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT).