+ Healthy Ageing Research
+ Older People - Working Together: Collaborating to Inform Policy and Practice
The Network works with Manchester University, specifically the Applied Research Collaboration and the Healthy Ageing Research Group, to help develop innovative research projects that will directly improve patient care and treatment for older people.
This collaboration is designed to ensure that older people are at the heart of the research process, informing the kind of research that is conducted and the way it is carried out and applied. So far we have been involved in a variety of ways, from feeding in ideas to research proposals, developing a new logo for the Healthy Ageing Theme and developing the Keeping Well at Home Booklet. More recently, the network received the Group COVID 19 Award for our collaboration on the Keeping Well campaign over the past year, at the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Awards. This was organised by the University of Manchester's Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. We were delighted with this news, well done to all our network members who were involved, great work!
Some of this work is conducted through our Health and Social Care Working Group; sometimes individual members get involved in particular projects.
We held an event in May 2021, to encourage more of our members to get involved in the project. The event was planned and presented as a collaboration with network members. The event showcased the work that we have done so far, explored some of the barriers to getting involved in research and examined people’s conceptions and misconceptions of research.
“Through our partnership with the GMOPN we have developed trusted relationships with experts by experience across the city-region. We regularly attend local meetings as well as jointly host workshops and events, always inviting older people to join us as co-researchers, co-creators and co-collaborators to inform the development, delivery and dissemination of our research and wider activities.“
Jane McDermott (Healthy Ageing Research Group, Policy Research Unit Manager)