Alliance Members

Our membership is committed to collaborative working across the North, offering unparalleled access to the best of the healthcare and life sciences in the region. The NHSA has delegated authority across 9 NHS Trusts and 10 Universities with Board approval to enter into industry-research partnerships.


Durham has a world-class research university, with a specialism in health geography. The county is home to the National Centre for Process Innovation and the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre.

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Humberside boasts Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust which is delivering pioneering high-impact research across a range of key themes. It is also home to the Hull York Medical School.

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Lancaster’s multi-disciplinary approach has positioned it as a national leader in applied health research. The University's Health Innovation Campus is designed to help people lead longer, healthier lives. It is renowned for its interdisciplinary approaches in digital health, health management and leadership, and health economics.

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Leeds' strengths in medical technologies and eHealth are world-class. It has the Medical Technologies Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC) and Leeds' Institute for Data Analytics, the city hosts one of four national NIHR Diagnostic Evidence collaboratives and is the home of NHS Digital (previously HSCIC).

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Liverpool's impressive health science portfolio includes personalised health, tropical medicine and pharmacogenomics. It hosts the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine, the MRC Drug Safety Science Centre and is home to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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Manchester is the home of graphene and is a leading light in cancer research, hosting the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. Its other specialist areas include eHealth through the Farr Institute and expertise in precision medicine. Health Innovation Manchester brings together the Greater Manchester AHSN and its Academic Health Science Centre.

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Newcastle is a world leader in clinical research and can boast of national leadership in ageing and Smart Data. Newcastle has deep expertise in precision medicine, pathology and diagnostics. It is home to the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD).

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Preston is home to the main campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), which offers a range of expertise in health science research and innovation. Key strengths include bioscience, robotics, biomedicine, pharmacology, stroke care and early years. It also boasts a Medical School, Dental School and Clinical Trials Unit.

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Sheffield is a national leader in health economics, advanced manufacturing and neuroscience. It is home to the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience. The Insigneo Institute is a unique multi disciplinary centre for the advancement of insilico medicine.

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Teesside is home to the research-rich South Tees Hospitals, the largest NHS Foundation Trust in Teesside and North Yorkshire, and Teesside University which is addressing some of the biggest challenges facing society through its health research.

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York is an international leader in health economics. Health science strength ranges from basic science through to the applied health sciences, with deep expertise in public and mental health.

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