Health Innovation at Lancaster
The Health Innovation Campus is a pioneering new project that will bring together innovators, academics, entrepreneurs, businesses, local government, citizens and health care providers.
The aim of the development, based beside the University's Bailrigg campus, is to drive advances in technologies, products and ways of working to improve health and healthcare.
The vision is to create a world-class centre of excellence for innovation and research in population health:
- Transforming health care and practice regionally and globally
- Achieving significant impact on local health outcomes
- Providing major contributions to regional economic development
- Supporting service reform in the public sector
All academic disciplines contribute to health innovation. Such collaboration is a defining feature of Lancaster University.
Lancaster already works with all NHS organisations across the region, via the Lancaster Health Hub. This drives and supports innovations for rural and dispersed communities, as well as those in urban areas.
Neil Johnson, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine (FHM): “The Health Innovation development will trigger collaborations between the brightest minds in academia, business and healthcare and also draw in members of the public to help find solutions to some of the most urgent, health-related issues facing society.
"It will drive new innovations, new thinking, new approaches, new services and new products in healthcare, making a significant impact locally, nationally and internationally.”
Amongst its first challenges, the development will address issues linked to ageing, one of the biggest social and economic challenges of our time. Lancaster University already enjoys a formidable reputation for academic research in this sphere.
Our Economic Impact
An independent assessment suggests the project will have a significant economic impact. Up to 2,000 jobs will be created, with a £100m boost to the regional economy.
Councillor Eileen Blamire, Leader of Lancaster City Council: “This is excellent news for Lancaster and the long term vitality of the district’s economy. This is an exciting development and will strengthen the district’s attractiveness for investors, further boosting economic growth and creating top-quality jobs.
"The city council has promoted this project for many years and is pleased to now pass on overall lead for developing it to Lancaster University. Transferring ownership of the land from the council to the university is an important milestone. We look forward to continuing to help the University deliver this important scheme in the coming months and years.”
Work will soon start on the £41m Phase 1 of the facility, for opening in September 2019. This will provide facilities for FHM staff, for cross-faculty interdisciplinary working, and for engagement with public, private, commercial and third sector organisations.