Northumbria University given NHIP affiliated partner status

We’re delighted to announce that Northumbria University has become an affiliated partner of Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP).

NHIP is working to build strong collaborations regionally, nationally and internationally to deliver the vision of improving the health and growing the economy in the North East and North Cumbria through world-class research and innovation.

Northumbria University was granted NHIP affiliated partner status following a review involving the Partnership’s key stakeholders, which acknowledged the University’s strengths in the areas of Allied Health Professions, prevention and management of chronic ill health, ageing in relation to housing and independent living, and mental health – all of which complement NHIP priorities.

Professor David Burn, NHIP Director, said: “Northumbria University has a number of complementary strengths and expertise in research, innovation and education, which align to NHIP’s strategic priorities. We are thrilled to welcome them as an NHIP affiliated partner and we look forward to collaborating with them going forward.”

NHIP is one of only eight Academic Health Science Centres (AHSC) in the UK. AHSCs are designated by NHS England and NHS Improvement and the National Institute for Health Research for demonstrating excellence in health research, health education and patient care.

Professor Katie Haighton of Northumbria’s Department of Social Work, Education and Communities, will join the NHIP Research, Innovation and Enterprise Committee. Professor John Unsworth of the University’s Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health joins the Education and Training Committee and Professor Dianne Ford, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences will become a member of the NHIP People and Culture Committee.

Professor Ford said: “We are delighted to contribute Northumbria University’s distinctive and complementary expertise to this high quality and strategically-important partnership to address the key challenges of health, wealth and wellbeing in our region. We value this opportunity to work more closely with such important regional partners to translate our research and expertise in workforce development and education to drive innovation and positive impact.”

NHIP brings the region’s world-class research, NHS and partners together to discover, develop and deliver translational research to improve the health and economic prosperity of the region.

NHIP is supported by Newcastle University, Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle City Council and the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria.

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