Enhancing infrastructure

Enhancing infastructure

We work to continuously improve our world-class infrastructure in order to stay ahead of the curve on the global stage and maintain our international reputation as a centre of research excellence.

The Enhancing infrastructure theme includes four key areas: eHealth and informatics, technology capability, clinical trials capability and our estates programme.

eHealth and informatics

MAHSC has a strong history of translating computer science and software engineering into eHealth innovations, including our Medical Research Council Health eResearch Centre (MRC HeRC) and our NorthWest EHealth (NWEH) clinical informatics platform.

Our partnership includes the first fully e-enabled NHS Trust in England – Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) – with an eHealth records infrastructure providing access to more than 500,000 patient records across primary and secondary care.

Using NWEH’s informatics capability and SRFT’s eHealth records, trial outcomes and clinical safety are measured in real-time,opening up a new global market for clinical trials led from Manchester. In recent years, this has enabled Glaxosmithkline to conduct the unique Salford Lung Study.

We continue to improve on our eHealth capabilities, and will roll out our eHealth informatics platform across all of the MAHSC and Academic Health Science Network partners to reach the Greater Manchester population of three million over the next three to five years.


Technology capacity

Greater Manchester’s technological capabilities are extensive, with some of the latest technology in healthcare and imaging available within The University and across our NHS Trusts.

Following a recent agreement with Peking University Medical Centre, focused on joint development of genomics resources, we are currently upgrading our technological capabilities at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre and the Centre for Advanced Discovery and Experimental Therapeutics.

Clinical trials capability

We are the highest recruiting centre in England for commercial clinical trials and host a large range of externally funded research centres, including three NIHR Clinical Research Facilities and a Biomedical Research Unit. We have also established the MAHSC Clinical Trials Unit to lead on the coordination and management of trials.

Estates programme

We are adding new facilities to our existing estate, building on four recent hospital developments and the £700m University building programme conducted over the last decade. The new facilities include and eHealth centre, a cancer research building, a new medical school, further university-based research facilities and major commercial developments including Citylabs and MediPark.