1 December 2016
The Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine has attended a celebration in London to mark the fifth anniversary of the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), of which Lancaster University is a member.

The NHSA is a partnership in the North of England to improve the health and wealth of the region by creating an internationally recognized life science and healthcare system.

Professor Neil Johnson joined other senior members of the NHSA which includes the North’s eight leading research universities, eight research-intensive NHS teaching Trusts and the four northern Academic Health Science Networks.

At Lancaster we see collaboration as essential to answering some of the big research challenges in health and medicine.  Therefore we’re delighted to be part of such a successful alliance.  The last five years have seen the NHSA really raising the profile of health and medicine research in the North and, through that, drawing in major investment – for example the £20M ‘Connected Health Cities’ research programme, in which Lancaster is a major player, came solely as a result of the leadership provided by the NHSA.”  

Since it was established in 2011, the NHSA has brought in £60m worth of contracts to the North, acted as a collaborative voice for the North’s £10.8bn health science economy, worked with companies from Sweden, Germany, USA and Singapore and led successful collaborations to attract health science investment.

Government Health Minister Lord Prior of Brampton said: “I’m delighted to celebrate five years since the formation of the Northern Health Science Alliance, which is an important voice for the northern cluster. The UK has a world-leading Life Sciences industry, and building on this industry in the north is vital to the country’s continued growth and success. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the NHSA, and look forward to the next five years being even more successful.”

Dr Hakim Yadi Chief Executive of the Northern Health Science Alliance said there was still so much to achieve.

“We would like to see further commitment to Health North and a continuing re-balancing of the economy through support for innovation and excellence in the sector. The North has a wealth of potential in health science with world-class universities, medical schools, clinical trial excellence and expertise which can help the North develop into a powerhouse of health science.”