medical alliance launch
ground-breaking health partnership has been established
between the University, the NHS and Leeds City Council.
first of its kind, the joint strategy board for health
brings together senior executives to identify new ways
of attracting health-related investment to the region,
and ensuring partners work together effectively to further
the local health agenda.
board will also function as a think-tank to inform health
policy at a local and possibly at a national level as
will be co-ordinated, not in terms of different departments
within the University and teaching hospitals, but in relation
to themes, such as cancer or mental health, bringing together
projects in these areas to maximise income and output.
the last two years the school of medicine’s research income
has doubled, and if all departments – from healthcare
studies to mechanical engineering – are taken into account,
health-related research provides around half of the University’s
a workshop to launch the board, its chairman Vice-Chancellor
Professor Sir Alan Wilson said: "We want all partners
in this venture to feel a real sense of ownership, and
a commitment to working together to develop and shape
our future strategy."
the workshop, attended by academics, health authority
executives, healthcare trusts, primary care groups, NHS
workforce confederation and Leeds City Council, four main
themes were identified as priorities: research and development,
primary care, healthy communities – including services
for the elderly, mental health, and health inequalities
– and workforce development.
action plan for each of these areas will be refined over
the coming months to establish a programme of work.