South West organisations join forces to improve region’s healthcare and economy
The largest science and technology centre in the South West has become the latest organisation to partner with the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN) to help improve healthcare and drive innovation and economic growth in the region.
The Science Park, based in Devon, was set up in 1995 as a joint venture between the University of Plymouth and Plymouth City Council. They aim to support the growth of the region’s economy and are home to a growing range of businesses in the medical, science, technology and knowledge-based sectors.
The SW AHSN is part of a national network of 15 AHSNs set up by NHS England in 2013, to identify, adopt and spread innovation to improve health and generate economic growth across the region.
The SW AHSN now has 18 Full Members and 10 Associate Members, which include a range of healthcare organisations and innovative businesses from across the South West. Benefits of the SW AHSN’s Associate Member package include access to online resources; links to academia, industry and health partners; and opportunities to attend SW AHSN training and events.
Ian McFadzen, CEO, Plymouth Science Park said: ‘Both of our organisations aim to grow the region’s economy, support local innovative businesses and help improve the uptake of emergent technologies and innovations in the NHS. We’re really looking forward to collaborating on various projects.’
‘Our membership with the SW AHSN will allow us to strengthen our relationship and build on the great work we are doing together.’
Dr Jonathon Gray, CEO, SW AHSN said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Plymouth Science Park as the latest Associate Member to join our organisation. Creating the right environment for innovation to flourish and for businesses to grow is an extremely important factor in improving the health and care system for people in the South West.
‘We know there is a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the region, which is why it is important we connect with organisations like the Science Park so that, together, we can have the greatest impact possible.’