Publish date: 26 June 2023

A Health Research Festival for all the family will give people the chance to learn about and get involved in health and care research in Greater Manchester. Everyone is welcome at the free-to-attend NHS event which will take place outside on the Town Hall Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne,  OL6 6DL, on Saturday 8 July 2023.

The drop-in event will be open between 11am and 2pm, with fun, games and exhibitions running throughout the day, the event is suitable for all ages.

The festival is the third to be organised by Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester, part of the Department of Health and Social Care organisation the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) in collaboration with Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. It is being held to coincide with celebrations of the NHS' 75th birthday. Attendees can learn how research contributes to the NHS by saving lives and money - and how you can shape the NHS of the future by being part of research.

The occasion will show how getting involved in health and care research can help you learn more about a condition that affects you, and how your participation can make a difference to local communities and the NHS by helping to improve treatments and quality of life - now and for future generations.

People who attend will have access to free health checks and the opportunity to meet local community health and wellbeing support organisations. They will be on hand to speak with people about free-to-access support services.

Throughout the event, there will be the opportunity to take part in a number of research studies looking at a range of conditions. People can also sign-up to hear about other upcoming opportunities to be part of research which is taking place in Greater Manchester to help discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses.

Susan Neeson, Deputy Chief Operating Officer at NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester, said: “We are really looking forward to holding our third research festival, we want to inform people about research, let them know how they can get involved and sign up to hear about research opportunities." 

Register online or drop-in on the day.