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Issue 472, 5 November 2001

Flagship medical alliance launch

A ground-breaking health partnership has been established between the University, the NHS and Leeds City Council.

The 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.

The board will also function as a think-tank to inform health policy at a local and possibly at a national level as well.

Research 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.

In 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 total turnover.

At 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."

At 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.

An action plan for each of these areas will be refined over the coming months to establish a programme of work.

 



 
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