Since its launch in 2014, the Institute has established a strong brand and attracted a portfolio of multi-disciplinary research that extends beyond traditional medical approaches to reflect a broader multi-agency view of healthcare.

To maintain future growth and more effectively encompass this broader definition of health research, the PGMI (Postgraduate Medical Institute) has been restructured and relaunched as the Health Research Institute. This supports the Institute’s overall mission to facilitate and enable collaborative research across a range of academic perspectives with external stakeholders in the NHS, social care, charities and other health-related organisations.

We have developed collaborative research relationships with a number of tertiary and secondary care NHS Trusts and clinical commissioning groups in the North West Coast region and beyond, as well as local councils, third sector organisations and small businesses. Our work is driven by a collective goal to grow locally led health research by combining clinical, academic and other regional strengths to attract external funding.

Successes to date have included National Institute for Health (NIHR) Research Fellowships, funding from the Research for Patient Benefit and Health Services and Delivery Research funding streams, and work commissioned by Health Education England.

The Institute serves as a research enabling platform for a range of thematic areas, which are designed to harness complementary internal and external research strengths. You can read more about each theme in our upcoming blog posts.