The University of Bradford
The Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research
The centre, based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, brings together researchers from the Universities of Bradford and Leeds, with clinicians from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The centre was made possible thanks to a £1m award from national charity The Wolfson Foundation. Its three areas of focus are: Healthy Childhood, Healthy Ageing and High Quality and Safe Care. By combining the expertise of health researchers with clinicians who have daily contact with patients, the centre ensures that its findings are put rapidly into practice – resulting in better health and social care for those who need it most, right here in Yorkshire. The centre is also the base for Born in Bradford and the Bradford Institute of Health Research (BIHR).
Health and Social Economic Partnership
Co-chaired by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shirley Congdon, the partnership of Bradford District and Craven anchor institutions connects academic and health and social care organisations. In bringing together leaders from across Health, Social Care, Further Education and Higher Education to work in new and different ways, the partnership’s intention is to have a positive impact on health and social care recruitment, education, research and innovation, and to drive health, wellbeing and economic prosperity in Bradford District and Craven.
The University of Northampton
The University of Northampton’s Vice Chancellor was Chair of the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board until it was separated into Boards for each of the new unitary local authorities in 2021. The University was also involved in developing the previous Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy for Northamptonshire. This involved mapping organisational priorities, reviewing available evidence from JSNA/Public Health Outcomes framework, facilitating consultation across organisations, and defining priorities and drafting the strategy.
St George’s, University of London
Clinical Academic Groups to advance healthcare research
A new partnership between St George’s University of London and St George’s Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (SGH) has led to the creation of four new Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs) to build upon our international reputation for excellence and drive forward synergies in healthcare research for cardiovascular diseases, neurosciences, adult & paediatric infectious diseases and genomic medicine. This new way of working brings together a wide range of healthcare professionals, including clinical researchers, nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals, and has led to the creation of new research initiatives and educational programmes in healthcare, such as an MSc in Neurosciences. This agile format has also facilitated a rapid switching of research to SARS-CoV-2 during the pandemic, including St. George’s recruitment of patients towards a huge vaccine effort, and has resulted in the university and hospital teams leading equally in the UK for the number of National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) approved studies researching COVID-19.
Translational and Clinical Research Institute
In 2021, St George’s, University of London and SGH strengthened their partnership with the launch of a new virtual Translational and Clinical Research Institute (TACRI) to build upon their recognised excellent reputation in translational research. This new Institute is dedicated to translating and galvanising the clinical research activity in a broad range of areas including urgent care, orthopaedics & rheumatology, radiology and gastro-enterology. With a dedicated administrator, TACRI has provided support for developing successful grant applications, clinical research training and a much-valued university-provided statistical consultancy service.