Health Innovation Campus

“Challenging the status quo today, for healthier lives tomorrow.”

The new Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster University will make a major contribution towards tackling some of the significant health challenges we face today.

As people continue to live longer, the preservation of good health and quality of life presents significant challenges to an increasingly ageing population. Health systems in the UK, and globally, are under enormous pressure, requiring innovative approaches to address these issues.

Health innovation at Lancaster will adopt a focussed, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach to developing new health solutions which generate impact at scale.

Health Innovation Campus

Health Innovation Campus

The £41m Health Innovation Campus will act as a focal point, allowing researchers, healthcare professionals, businesses, local authorities and policy-makers, to focus on a systems approach to improving health, in line with the aims of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and the NHS long-term plan.

Development of the new campus has been supported by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal funding, as well as the European Regional Development Fund.

Health Innovation Campus

Collaboration

Informed by local and national priorities, Lancaster’s health innovation team will work closely and collaboratively with its stakeholders.

The new campus will build on the University’s strong links with businesses in a wide range of sectors and develop existing relationships with organisations including the NHS, the Northern Health Science Alliance, Bionow and the Innovation Agency.

Lancaster University recognises its civic role and responsibilities in supporting the city and region. The HIC will reflect that commitment by engaging with local stakeholders to adopt an integrated, systems approach to addressing major health-related challenges.

Health innovation SME engagement

SMEs make up 99.7% (70,000) of all business in Lancashire (ONS, 2018) and as part of a £2m ERDF-funded project, the HIC has committed to:

  • Supporting 300 Lancashire SMEs (by 2021)
  • Bringing 25 new products to market (by 2021)

Scope

The HIC will work in key thematic programme areas, mapped to the strengths of the University, to:

  • Address significant health and wellbeing challenges at scale
  • Utilise innovation in thought, design, process, technology, products and practice from various disciplines at Lancaster University
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful and long-term partnerships with SMEs and third/public sector through cutting-edge research
  • Generate evidence and impact to influence health policy
Health Innovation Campus
Health Innovation Campus

Impact

Outputs from the HIC will:

  • Drive the creation of an innovation eco-system
  • Facilitate business cluster formation and economic development
  • Achieve positive health outcomes

The first phase of the HIC is due to open in early-2020.

However, the team is already working with a range of cross-sector partners to establish projects which the HIC can help drive forward. Email HIC@lancaster.ac.uk for further details on how to get involved.

Examples

Some early examples of the HIC's approach include:

  • The Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance Test Bed

    One of just seven successful bids across England, the Test Bed was awarded £1.7m for a 2-year programme to install individually-tailored digital technology packages in homes across the Fylde Coast and Morecambe Bay areas to support self-care for older people with dementia and complex health conditions.

    Over the past two years, the partnership between the local NHS, the University, one major business (Philips) and a range of other digital businesses has generated a number of important practical benefits for local people and communities, as well as a number of strategic benefits for each of the partner organisations.  In particular, it has enabled Lancashire and Cumbria to become recognised as a nationally-leading area for experience and know-how in using digital technologies in homes.

  • Healthy new towns

    Partnerships have been established with councils, colleges and third sector organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria to support the development of new towns and regeneration programmes with a specific emphasis on enhancing health.

    An early example is 'Leading Places', a national pilot based on a partnership between Lancaster University, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackburn College.  This aims to create the conditions for a social movement to increase physical activity levels of students at the College; it also links with the multi-million pound Sport England Pennine Lancashire project.