Representing world-class health and life sciences across the North of England.

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Who we are and what we do


The Northern Health Science Alliance is the North of England’s health partnership, across a population of 16 million people, bringing together ten universities, ten research-intensive NHS Trusts and four Academic Health Science Networks.

Our Mission


Our mission is to unlock the combined potential of the North’s health research and innovation assets for the benefit of the people and the economy.

Our Vision


Our vision is one of a healthy and prosperous North, powered by excellence in research and innovation across healthcare and academia with industry engagement and citizen involvement as key drivers.

Our Strategy


  • Mobilising and connecting the North’s health and life sciences cluster with a particular focus on utilisation and deployment of NHS and University assets.
  • Providing a front door to, and advocacy for, northern life sciences.
  • Showcasing the North’s excellence and opportunities on an international stage.
  • Developing collaboration and investment opportunities for our members and
    our industry partners.
  • Targeting health and research inequality in the North relative to the rest of the UK.

Our key workstreams

Cluster Development

Developing the NHSA as an exemplary life sciences cluster and connecting the network of clusters across the UK.

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International

We are improving national and international awareness and visibility of the globally important assets and capabilities within the health and life science sector across the NHSA.

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Industry Engagement

We are working to deliver against the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy on behalf of the sector in the North of England, supporting the development of partnerships and bids at supra-regional level.

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Advocacy

We act as an advocate for our members and the North’s health sciences making sure that the alliance’s voice is heard in parliament, in the media and across the North.

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Stakeholders

Industry

Dedicated industry support for engagement with the northern heath science ecosystem. Rapid processes and tools for engagement from technology scouting to industry led grant applications.

Top Universities

An active and responsive network of academics, clinicians and support bodies. Streamlined connections to research centres across the region.

NHS Teaching Trusts

Uniquely placed to help set up and coordinate multi-centre clinical studies alongside industrial partners across the North.

Academic Health Science Networks

Advice on establishing technology and clinical development programmes. Open to collaborative research models, including shared risk and reward.

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George Freeman

MP, Founder of Big Tent Ideas Festival

"The Northern Health Science Alliance’s successful representation of the North’s top institutions, facilities and researchers has drawn in industry and expertise to create a Northern Powerhouse in health science."

Professor Clare Bambra

Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University

"The NHSA have raised the profile of northern research and have been instrumental in gaining additional funding into tackling health inequalities.”

Mel Barsky

Director, Business Development, Centre For Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

“The NHSA has been a leader in international collaboration searching for and developing innovations for older adults and their caregivers. We would like to thank NHSA for their thought leadership in sharing best practices in the UK to export to Canada and globally."

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