Our Role

The Greater Manchester Connected Health City (GM CHC) is a digital health programme that aims to improve local health services through the innovative and timely use of patient data.

By sharing and linking health data from different services such as hospitals, GP surgeries, and social care; we can get a fuller picture on how care is currently delivered and develop new interventions that can be adopted rapidly to optimise service delivery across the region.

We have a varied and dynamic team drawing from a range of disciplines including health informaticians, statisticians, data analysts, Information Governance managers, software engineers, clinicians and is underpinned by operational staff all working together with a shared commitment to improve health services for patients.

Over the past 18 months we have developed the digital infrastructure that supports our patient focused research. The Trust Worthy Research Environment based at The University of Manchester allows anonymous patient data to be stored for research purposes in order to perform analysis on large data sets to discover insights and interventions for more responsive healthcare.

Our Research

Focusing on two care pathways (stroke & antibiotic resistance), and three pathfinder projects (assessing opioid medication, data collection for wound care, and automated coding in a hospital setting) we utilise patient data to facilitate and encourage large scale change to the delivery of health and social care.

Our Public Engagement

A vital component of our work is in engaging with the public to inform, consult and work together to shape our research and ensure it is understood and ethically focused. The GM CHC Public Forum meets four times a year to ensure our research has the patient and public interests at its core. For an update on their activities, please click here.

Our Business Engagement

We work with external organisations to drive innovation in the healthcare sector by collaborating with industry who support our different care pathway projects. This involves testing products that can revolutionise the way wound care is managed, to testing out algorithms for automating coding in hospitals.