Manchester Statistical Society



A forum for the discussion of social and economic issues.

Are you interested in social and economic issues? In listening to expert speakers and having the opportunity to question them?
If so, the Manchester Statistical Society could suit you! We hold regular meetings, from autumn through to spring, on topical issues of concern to contemporary society and addressed by experts in the field. We cover a range of subjects, including health, education, transport, the economy, industry and finance, discussed free from party politics. Our meetings are not of a technical statistical nature but are designed for a generalist audience. New members are very welcome.
The meetings take place at 5.30pm in the Cathedral Visitors Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester M3 1SQ. The next meeting is on Friday 7 October, when Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, is our speaker, on "The NHS and Society". See below for further information.
Members can, if they wish, stay for dinner with the speaker, which provides a further opportunity for informal discussion.
We publish written versions of the talks in the Society's Transactions, which are issued free to members.
The Society was founded in 1833 by a group of Mancunians concerned about the state of society as urbanization and industrialization developed, and they carried out research with a view to influencing government policy. It is one of the oldest statistical societies in the world. Find out more about our history here. Our meetings today continue the theme of discussing social and economic issues.
We also operate the Campion Fund, which has funding available to support small research projects.
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Our next meeting
The next meeting of the Society is the first meeting of the 2016/17 session, at 5.30pm on Friday 7 October. It is at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre, 10 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ. For a map, see here
Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, is our speaker, on "The NHS and Society – not what can I do, what should I do – professionals in partnership with patients".
Professor Bailey writes: "In this paper, I will scope out my personal views on the current dilemmas facing both the NHS and Society.  How better to understand the art of communication, generational differences, Choosing Wisely and Shared Decision, what patients need to know and how the profession communicate risk.  How together we might grow a healthier Society and healthier workforce through Values Based Practice and a Social Identity Approach to Healthcare."
Professor Bailey was made an OBE in 2002 for services to mental health and young offenders and in 2013 made a DBE for services to psychiatry and for voluntary service to people with health conditions. She is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic psychiatrist and Professor of Mental Policy in North-West of England. She is also Non-Executive Director for UHSM - University Hospitals South Manchester. Her research interests include development of needs and risk assessment measures for use with young offenders with mental illness and development of community and secure inpatient treatment for young offenders both nationally and internationally.
She has contributed to policy development as a past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, where she worked with health and social care professionals, patients and carers to help bring about Parity of Esteem between mental and physical health which is now enshrined in primary legislation in England. Her current roles include: Senior Clinical Advisor for Mental Health and Learning Disability for Health Education England; Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. Her international roles include: Chair of UEMS CAP Section, elected member of EPA Council, secretary of EFCAP and member of programmes meeting of the WPA.
Please note that this meeting takes place on a Friday.
Further information about our meetings is available on the Meetings page.
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In other news ... 
At the Annual General Meeting in May 2016 President John Rigby presented Richard Harrington with a commemorative paperweight for his long service to the Society as Editor of the Transactions.

The Society had a stand at the Manchester Histories Festival at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 11 June. Details of the Festival at