Universities and NHS organisations need to develop new refreshed forms of collaboration to deal with current and future challenges rather than resuming existing pre-pandemic relationships, according to a new report launched at Civic University Network webinar event.
The relationship between universities and NHS organisations is one of the oldest, strongest, and most valuable local partnerships in the UK, but the unprecedented health, human, and economic toll of COVID has exacerbated the existing inequalities within our society, forcing anchor institutions to rethink how they create positive impact for their communities.
The report, Reimagining the relationship between universities and the NHS was jointly published by the Civic University Network, a national network led by Sheffield Hallam University, and the NHS Confederation, the organisation that brings together, supports, and speaks for the whole healthcare system in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The Civic University Network supports universities to develop and embed civic aspirations to drive positive change.
Intended as a guide for university and NHS leaders across the UK, the report sets out a pioneering vision for reinvigorated relationships between universities and the NHS. It outlines five key principles which, taken together, can help to reimagine university and NHS relationships, and co-create renewed post-pandemic partnerships that put place first.
A year in the making, the report was developed by the NHS Confederation and Civic University Network partners Queen Mary University of London and Newcastle University, who launched it at an event bringing together key civic leaders from universities and NHS organisations. It highlights and draws learning from successful partnerships across the UK, including from Collaborative Newcastle, an innovative and ambitious partnership seeking to improve the health, wealth, and wellbeing in the region.
Local leaders are challenged to use the report to bring together a coalition of the willing in their place, test the five principles, and evaluate their collaborative working, through regional roundtables with anchor institutions. Doing so, the report argues, could help local leaders to unlock their collective power to drive positive change for their communities.
The recording of the report launch and the full report can be accessed by clicking below:
Watch the recording from the webinar here
View the slides used during the event