Working with Networks

The Hub works closely with several networks, including:


Bionow is an award winning specialist business development and services company serving the biomedical sector in the North of England.

CCG (Clinical Commissioning Groups)

CCGs are clinically led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of healthcare services for their local area. CCGs members include GPs and other clinicians such as nurses and consultants. They are responsible for about 60% of the NHS budget and commission most secondary care services such as:

  • planned hospital care
  • rehabilitative care
  • urgent and emergency care (including out-of-hours)
  • most community health services
  • mental health and learning disability services

CCGs can commission any service provider that meets NHS standards and costs. These can be NHS hospitals, social enterprises, charities or private sector providers. However, they must be assured of the quality of services they commission, taking into account both National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) data about service providers.

Both NHS England and CCGs have a duty to involve their patients, carers and the public in decisions about the services they commission.

DH (Department of Health)

DH is a ministerial department, supported by 23 agencies and public bodies. The department employs 2,160 staff who work in locations across the country.

The Department of Health (DH) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

HEE  (Health Education England)

HEE will provide leadership for the new education and training system. It will ensure that the shape and skills of the future health and public health workforce evolve to sustain high quality outcomes for patients in the face of demographic and technological change. HEE will ensure that the workforce has the right skills, behaviours and training, and is available in the right numbers, to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and drive improvements. HEE will support healthcare providers and clinicians to take greater responsibility for planning and commissioning education and training through the development of Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), which are statutory committees of HEE.

The establishment and development of HEE was set out in ‘Liberating the NHS: Developing the Healthcare Workforce, From Design to Delivery’, the Government’s policy for a new system for planning commissioning education and training. The driving principle for reform of the education and training system is to improve care and outcomes for patients and HEE exists for one reason alone – to help ensure delivery of the highest quality healthcare to England’s population, through the people we recruit, educate, train and develop.

HENW (Health Education North West)

Health Education North West (HENW) is the Local Education and Training Board (LETB) for the North West of England, covering Cheshire and Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

HENW are responsible for the commissioning and management of training and education of NHS staff, as well as the commissioning and provision of under- and postgraduate medical and dental education. They work as part of NHS Health Education England (HEE) to improve the quality of education and training outcomes so that needs are met for service providers, patients and the public and develop a workforce responsive to changes in care, now and in the future.

Through HEE, health and public health providers have strong input into the development of national strategies and priorities so education and training can adapt to new ways of working and new models of service.

Innovation Agency (Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast)

AHSNs have been established to deliver a step-change in the way the NHS identifies, develops and adopts new technologies and are predicated on partnership working and collaboration between the NHS, academia, the private sector and other external partners within a single AHSN context and across AHSNs.

All AHSNs have an agenda to drive adoption and spread of innovation across all areas of healthcare provision and population health, each AHSN also has the remit to bring together the resources and assets in their geography to create a synergy between researchers in universities, industry and entrepreneurs, and the local NHS to identify, exploit and commercialise innovations that will have national and international significance.

LEP (Lancashire Enterprise Partnership)

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils, who direct economic growth and drive job creation. The region’s business base is broad and buoyant, with thriving towns and cities as well as excellent schools, colleges and universities.  The LEP was formed in 2011 to make Lancashire the location for business growth and inward investment. We aim to do this by ensuring all our companies have easy access to high-grade support services that promote sustainable expansion.

LETB (Local Education and Training Boards)

We have 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) that are responsible for the training and education of NHS staff, both clinical and non-clinical, within their area. Our  LETB boards, which will be committees of HEE, are made up of representatives from local providers of NHS services and cover the whole of England.

LHP (Liverpool Health Partners)

Liverpool Health Partners is a strategic partnership between twelve organisations in education, health and research, all based in Merseyside.

Committed to implementing and disseminating outcomes of research and innovation, LHP provides education, training and service optimisation opportunities across its partners and beyond.

N8 Research Partnership

The N8 Research Partnership is a collaboration of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.  Working with industry, N8 aims to maximise the impact of this research base by identifying and coordinating powerful research collaborations across the North of England and beyond.

NHSA (Northern Health Science Alliance)

The Northern Health Science Alliance Ltd is a new 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 links eight universities and eight NHS Teaching Trusts with the newly formed Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).  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.

NHS England

NHS England is an independent body, at arm’s length to the government. Its main role is to improve health outcomes for people in England. It:

  • provides national leadership for improving outcomes and driving up the quality of care
  • oversees the operation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • allocates resources to CCGs
  • commissions primary care and specialist services ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the North West Coast area

NIHR (National Institute for Health Research)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded through the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. It is a large, multi-faceted and nationally distributed organisation. Together, NIHR people, facilities and systems represent the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research from bench to bedside for the benefit of patients and the economy.

Since its establishment, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.

NIHR CLAHRC (National Institute for Health Research Collaboration of Leadership in Applied Health Research and care)

The National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (NIHR CLAHRC NWC) brings universities, local authorities, NHS organisations and the public together – working to accelerate the translation of research findings into health service improvements and changes that will reduce health inequalities and improve population health.

NIHR CRN NWC (National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network North West Coast)

The NIHR Clinical Research Network is the clinical research delivery arm of the NHS. We operate nationally across England through a national coordinating centre and 15 local branches delivering research in the NHS across all disease areas.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network: North West Coast is hosted by Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. The host is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of research in the Trusts, primary care organisations and other qualified NHS providers throughout the North West Coast area.

NIHR RDS NW (National Institute for Health for Research Research Design Service North West)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service (RDS) supports researchers to develop and submit high quality applied health and social care grant applications to NIHR and other national peer-reviewed funding programmes.

 The RDS offers specialist advice on all aspects of an application including:

  • designing a research study
  • research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • identifying suitable sources of funding
  • involving patients and public in research design
  • identifying potential academic, clinical and lay collaborators.

Their advice is confidential and free of charge.