Our anchor institutions, will translate innovation into practice through the ecosystem, developing products and deploying them to stimulate economic growth, and support health, wealth and wellbeing.

Due to its distinctive and unique focus on inequalities to improve the health and wealth of the region, the NHIP supports a virtuous circle of economic growth through its three Strategic Priorities of research translation, economic growth and people & culture.

Research and innovation interventions will improve patient and population outcomes, resulting in improved productivity, stimulate inward investment and support the targeting of skills, capabilities and leadership across organisational boundaries. This will be our virtuous cycle of performance improvement. The Health for Wealth report by the Northern Health Science Alliance, an NHIP collaborator, brings a sharp focus of the relationship between the North’s poorer health and its poorer productivity.

NHIP Strategic Goals and Virtuous Performance Improvement

Our objective for economic growth will be targeted through

1. The NHIP Integrated Health Innovation Pathway, will build on the AHSN NENC Innovation Pathway to take innovations from discovery through to development for patients and population benefit. We will bring together industry, government, regulators, patients and the NHS to remove barriers and accelerate the introduction of ground-breaking new treatments and diagnostics which can transform care and health prevention and influence behaviours around their health and lifestyle.

2. Multi-partner test-beds for research, training and commercial innovation, which includes:

  • Integrating research and service excellence with capital investment
  • Translational Ageing Research
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Oncology
  • Inflammation Medicine
  • Intermediate Physical Care Facilities
  • Centre for Training and Development in Robotic and Digital Surgery
  • Health innovation neighbourhood (on the former General Hospital and CAV site)

3. Co-creation with policy-makers, working with local authorities on policy development and implementation to implement nationally-leading work, such as nutrition in schools and early-life obesity.

4. Digital Health Economy Blueprint: work with the City Council to establish a data-driven Command Centre to improve the flow of patients through the Health and Social Care system.

5. Business development: maximise opportunities within the life science industry in translational research and unique diagnostics infrastructure. We are also targeting the creation of ‘spin-out companies’ driven by partners.

6. Commercialisation of Innovative Technologies: become a globally-leading centre for industrial co-development and adoption within an outstanding clinical environment.

7. NHIP will adopt the OMNIA system, developed by AHSN NENC: provide a portal for innovators to register new ideas for triage and prioritisation, act as an Information repository, provide signposting to regulation advice, procurement and funding.

8. Integrated Covid Hub: North East: Led by Newcastle Hospitals through NHIP, this Integrated Hub is designed to: support rapid testing; as a Response Centre and to establish an Innovation Lab. With current success in recruiting over 600 staff the Hub will save lives and support the creation of jobs, providing economic benefit across the North East.

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