Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is the largest NHS trust in England and a leading provider of specialist healthcare services. Its 10 hospitals are home to hundreds of world class clinicians, researchers and academic staff, committed to finding patients the best care and treatments.

Its hospitals are Manchester Royal Infirmary, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Trafford General, Altrincham Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital and Withington Hospital.

Excelling in research and innovation (R&I) is a foundation of MFT’s vison to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population. We are working at the cutting-edge of R&I in healthcare and life sciences, with internationally recognised researchers and clinicians delivering world-first clinical trials and research studies.

As part of the ‘One Manchester’ vision, MFT works with partners across our City region to lead clinical improvements for patient care, stimulate major economic growth and prosperity for the Greater Manchester community and beyond, and play a major role internationally in shaping the strategic future of R&I. This includes hosting one of the largest National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) portfolios in the country, including the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (MBRC), NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (MCRF) and the NIHR Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester (CRN GM)


MFT’s vast data assets including patient records, imaging, and diagnostic modalities, across a wide range of clinical specialities.

The establishment of our flagship MFT Clinical Data Science Unit (CDSU) – a partnership that bridges to data science academic excellence in The University of Manchester (UoM) – has provided us with a unique opportunity to bring together resource and expertise in modelling, health informatics, AI/machine learning, virtual reality approaches, and data science input into clinical imaging. The CDSU exemplifies our ambition to lead and drive forward data-driven health research, innovation, and commercial partnerships for the benefit of our researchers, R&I infrastructure, and most importantly – our patients.

“Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to become a member of the Health Data Research Alliance, allowing us to work with member colleagues to share best practice and learning, and fully realise the value of the data we hold to improve treatments, experiences, and outcomes for our communities.”

Professor Jane Eddleston, Group Joint Medical Director, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Neil Hanley, Vice Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Biology, Medicine, and Health, The University of Manchester.
Co-Chairs: MFT Clinical Data Science Unit.

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