Government award to drive Northern Powerhouse future in health research

A Northern Health Science Alliance led SIA bid for a Northern Powerhouse in Health Research has been successful

13th November 2017

A NORTHERN Powerhouse in Health Research (NPiHR) Science Innovation Audit (SIA) has been awarded recognising the North of England’s excellence in the field and its ability to grow the health and wealth of the region.

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), an alliance of the North’s top universities, NHS hospital trusts and Academic Health Science Networks, led the SIA bid across the whole of the North of England.

Science and innovation audits are awarded by government to help regions to map their research and innovation strengths and identify areas of potential global competitive advantage.

The NPiHR is recognition of the Northern Powerhouse’s ability to deliver the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy in health innovation.

Dr Hakim Yadi OBE, CEO of the NHSA, said: “We are delighted that the UK government has recognised the North of England’s potential in health research through the awarding of this SIA.

“The North already possesses a range of assets in industry, research and public services which when brought together, become a globally relevant hub for cutting edge health research, innovation, and improved service delivery, new markets potential and business growth.

“The SIA will help with the development of the North as an internationally recognised clinical cluster through the utilisation of our SIA which will be focused on Data for Better Health & Wealth, and the implementation of Precision Medicine (PM) within routine care. This is great news for the Northern Powerhouse and its prime capability in health innovation.”

Science Minister, Jo Johnson, said: “Now in its third wave, the Science and Innovation Audits are providing valuable insight into the ground-breaking work taking place across the UK and the contributions we are making to solve challenges across the world.

“The work of the successful regions undertaking their SIA in this wave will support the development and delivery of our Industrial Strategy and allow local places to build on their strengths.  This will ensure that the UK remains competitive in the global market and is best placed to continue leading scientific discoveries and taking them to market.”

Read the government announcement on this here 


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About NHSA

The Northern Health Science Alliance Ltd (NHSA) is a health partnership established by the leading Universities and NHS Hospital Trusts in the North of England to improve the health and wealth of the region by creating an internationally recognized life science and healthcare system.

The NHSA £20m Connected Health Cities project will be delivered to integrated data sets across health and social care in four major city-regions across the North of England. The vision is for each of the four city-regions to establish a secure data repository which integrates health data across primary and secondary care and links to social care data so that care planning, commissioning and delivery might be better supported.

The NHSA links eight universities and eight NHS Teaching Trusts with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) for the North. Together the Alliance and the four Northern AHSNs cover a patient population of over 15 million people. The NHSA acts as a single portal bringing together research, health science innovation and commercialisation to provide benefits for researchers, universities, hospitals, patients as well as commercial partners.

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