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We support the delivery of clinical research in all 30 health specialty areas. Each is overseen by a nominated Specialty Lead. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support research within their specialty across the region. Want to work with them? They would be delighted to hear from you. 

The NIHR supports research being delivered through 30 specialty therapy areas. Each specialty is made up of expert clinical leaders and practitioners who work at both national and local levels to ensure that studies are delivered successfully and to promote awareness of research opportunities for participants to take part in.

The specialty groups also support the dialogue between the life sciences industry and charities to ensure the pipeline of research studies and to facilitate the involvement of participants to make research more effective. Visit the main NIHR website to find out what is happening nationally in the different specialties.

Primary Care

Here to support you to deliver research 

We offer support to enable research to be carried out in Primary Care centres such as GP practices, pharmacies and dentists. Our dedicated Primary Care team can help at every stage - including staff training, the set-up of studies and recruitment of patients. 

We work with Primary Care partners across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire to support a wide range of research including studies which look at:

  • promoting a healthier lifestyle
  • disease diagnosis and prevention
  • management of long-term illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension
  • prevention of future ill-health
  • treating common conditions such as tonsillitis or influenza

Patient testimonial 

Gill Heneghan took part in studies looking at diabetes and cholesterol at her local GP practice in Manchester. She says: 

It’s been really easy for me to take part in these studies because they are at my own GP practice which is near to me. It’s really convenient for me. The team who look after you, and who look after the studies, are really fantastic and I feel quite happy that I’m having a thorough health check every time I go."

GP testimonial 

Dr Stephen Tomkinson is a research-active GP at The Bodey Medical Centre in Manchester... 

As a GP, it’s great to have different research projects to get involved with. Not only does it benefit our practice, but most importantly it benefits our patient population. It gives patients different choices about managing their condition and they are usually very excited about getting involved in cutting edge research which could make real differences."

A closer look at a research-active GP practice 

The Bodey Medical Centre, in Fallowfield, Manchester, has a wealth of experience in delivering research in primary care. Being involved in research has resulted in a range of benefits for the practice and its patients.

Contact us 

General enquiries:  

Assistant Research Delivery Manager: Danielle Wilcock 

Social Care research

Extending research beyond traditional settings 

We help researchers to deliver studies in social care settings. We also support social care settings to become accredited research delivery sites so people receiving this care can benefit from research.

Research in care homes

We deliver the NIHR’s Enabling Research in Care Homes (ENRICH) programme in Greater Manchester. Our ENRICH network brings together care home staff, residents and their families with researchers. It provides a toolkit of resources to help care homes make the most of research and researchers to set up and run studies effectively and collaboratively in care homes. Your local contact can be found here.

We enjoy a strong collaboration with Greater Manchester’s Higher Education institutions to help the region’s university researchers readily connect with suitable, local care homes to carry out studies with consenting residents and families.

Studies in our region have included research into palliative care, cognitive stimulation, drug trials and questionnaires on topics such as a person’s transition from home care to residential care.

Dr Sibylle Thies, a researcher from the University of Salford, has provided a good practice guide for involving care homes in research. 

Research in hospices 

We deliver Supportive Care and Community-based Research in Greater Manchester. Our aim is to increase recruitment from the hospice and community sectors to research studies supported by the Clinical Research Network.

We help to connect researchers with suitable local hospices where research studies looking at palliative care can be conducted with the consent of patients and their families.

Research in other settings 

We also support the delivery of research in other non-NHS settings including schools, colleges and prisons. 


Dr Mark Hayes is a Research Fellow in Communication Disability at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Chief Investigator for the ‘Mental Capacity Assessment in Care Home’s study. He says: 

Thank you to the ENRICH team in Greater Manchester for all your support with recruiting to my recent care homes study. We managed to recruit enough for completed data collection and analysis."

Contact us

General enquiries: 0161 701 5600

Specialty Lead: Professor Arpana Verma  

Assistant Research Delivery Manager: Emma Oughton 

Respiratory Disorders research

Targeting a local health need

Respiratory conditions are a key health challenge facing Greater Manchester. Research into this area is an important local priority.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), in particular, is very prominent among people living in our area. The city-region has the second highest admission rates for COPD in England, as well as poor outcomes and unwanted variation between GP Practices and localities.

A proven research record 

The Salford Lung Study is an example of a ground-breaking trial that we have supported. The study examined the safety and effectiveness of a new treatment for COPD. From early engagement co-ordinating all of the GP practices and pharmacies involved with the study, through to running training sessions for the nurse teams, we were heavily involved throughout.

Greater Manchester is home to the North West Lung Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital, the largest clinical respiratory department in the UK.

Database of local research volunteers 

Our colleagues at Research for the Future run the Help BEAT Respiratory Disease campaign. This campaign encourages people from across Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas with respiratory conditions such as COPD, asthma or bronchiectasis to take part in local research opportunities.

By signing-up, people add their name to a consent-to-approach database which helps local researchers identify potential study participants. This service is designed to support respiratory research across Greater Manchester.


Our Respiratory Disorders specialty group has provided proportionate research training for 50 North West respiratory registrars to enable them to participate in selected trials running locally.

The training has been very well received and we plan to form a respiratory trainee research collaborative to develop more Early Career Researchers in respiratory medicine.

Contact us

General enquiries:  0161 701 5600

Assistant Research Delivery Manager: Holly Monaghan 

All specialties

Delivering research in all specialty areas

Specialty Leads 

Our Specialty Leads lead research delivery in our 31 health specialty areas. They are available to support, advise and collaborate with colleagues working in research across our region. 

Children and Young People - Professor Clare Murray 

Kidney Disorders - Professor Darren Green 

Primary Care - Dr Omair Razzaq, Dr Imran Ghafoor, Dr Rebecca Clark  

Neurological Disorders - Dr David Rog  

Diabetes - Dr Shazli Azmi 

Cancer - Dr Kalena Marti and Dr Yvonne Summers 

Trauma and Emergency Care - Professor Richard Body and Professor Dan Horner  

Critical Care - Tim Felton

Surgery - Mr Joseph Alsousou 

Dermatology - Professor Richard Warren  

Dementias and Neurodegeneration - Dr Ross Dunne and Professor Monty Silverdale  

Gastroenterology - Professor John McLaughlin 

Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders - Dr Claire Higham  

Ear, Nose and Throat - Ms Sadie Khwaja

Stroke - Professor Craig Smith  

Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management - Dr Anton Krige  

Musculoskeletal Disorders - Dr James Bluett 

Social Care - Dr Paul Clarkson 

Public Health and Prevention - Professor Arpana Verma 

Genomics and Rare Diseases - Dr Catherine Breen 

Liver - Dr Varindar Athwal 

Infection - Dr Alison Uriel 

Mental Health - Dr Paul French 

Ageing - Dr Emma Vardy  

Health Services Research - Professor Pete Bower 

Respiratory - Dr Paul Marsden  

Haematology - Dr Satarupa Choudhuri

Oral and Dental - Professor Tanya Walsh

Ophthalmology - Dr Marta Ugarte