Collaborative research to boost health and wealth by Hakim Yadi (Northern Health Science Alliance)

PUBLISHED: 10/12/2015

In the last Budget, the Government committed £20m to the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) to deliver the Health North initiative, recognising the value in the Alliance’s collaborative approach to research.

As part of this project, the NHSA is piloting Connected Health Cities, a partnership which will assemble data, experts and technology to identify local variations in care and needs across several regions of the North. By analysing integrated information and feeding this back to NHS practitioners, service managers, commissioners, public health professionals, local authority planners, researchers and policy makers, the teams will identify variations in care and needs. This scalable network will build on existing partnerships and investments, unlocking 21st century healthcare innovations in the English regions with the greatest healthcare challenges. 

The exciting development of Health North adds to a raft of new investments in precision medicine including the new planned £4m Anti-Infective Centre at Alderley Park, the New Medicines Technology Catapult also to be located at Alderley, as well as the two regional Precision Medicine Catapult Nodes in Leeds and Manchester. This builds on the regions existing strengths in personalised medicine which include the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine in Liverpool, the MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science, the Clinical Proteomics Centre in Manchester and region-wide investments in single cell genomics. 

Today data, technology and innovation are driving greater connectivity between citizens and opportunities for growth. The NHSA’s collaborative approach will boost the health and wealth of the region and ensure it is able to return value to investors, deliver better care for patients, and greater connectivity between its great cities. 

About the NHSA

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) is a network of the leading Northern universities, teaching hospitals, NHS Hospital Trusts and Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), designed to build on the North’s thriving life sciences and research capabilities to improve the health and wealth of the region. Specifically, the NHSA is focused on driving economic growth across the North by delivering healthcare solutions fit for patients in the 21st century.