The initiative has enabled, for the first time, knowledge exchange between the University and the NHS to be developed and facilitated within a strategic and supportive framework. The initiative enables partners to work together to build capability and infrastructure, enhance their collective success in attracting skills and resource into the area, and increase the scope and impact of outputs and deliverables from collaborative projects and programmes.
From the outset our approach has been tailored to local need and capability, acknowledging both the comparatively modest historical baseline of pre-existing knowledge exchange activity and the strong potential for growth across Lancashire and Cumbria, in parallel with the development of Lancaster Medical School and the Faculty of Health and Medicine.
The initial goal was to achieve effective and productive engagement between the Faculty and a wide range of external organisations in the context of high-quality collaborative research, innovation, and professional training and development in medicine, biomedical sciences, health & social care, and related areas.
An additional goal was to establish a robust framework for further development and sustainability, based on strategic partnerships with external organisations and involving joint planning, development and utilisation of physical infrastructure, skilled personnel and collective expertise.
Taking account of the initial strategy, and building upon the substantial progress which has been made during the first three years, this document sets out a strategy for further development of the initiative from 2014 onwards. It comprises the overarching core strategy, together with “sub strategies” from each partner organisation expressing their particular priorities in relation to this initiative.