We will deliver a step change improvement in the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 3.2 million people in the North East of England and North Cumbria becoming the most integrated AHSC across Europe.
Life expectancy in our region is two years lower than the rest of the country. Premature death 20% higher. Poor health is commonplace, with men spending 20, and women 25 years of their life in poor health. Due to poor health, there is a £4 per person-per-hour productivity gap between the North of England and the rest of the country. Closing this gap by improving health could add 13.2 billion to the economy.
Our region already has outstanding NHS Trusts and a reputation for excellent medical research. NHIP is the only Academic Health Science Centre in the UK that has a City Council as a core member and this provides a unique advantage to address inequalities in population health and economic growth.
The North East and North Cumbria is a unique combination of rural and urban populations. The NIHP will adopt a place based approach to address their differing challenges. Our aim is to work with policy-makers to create effective and viable interventions. These will enrich the lives of people in our region and serve as a template for the rest of the UK.