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Health Technology Campuses

The development of ‘health technology campuses’ at sites around the UK reflects a new spirit of collaboration between the NHS and industry, according to a new report on the subject.

UK Health Technology Campuses – A New Phenomenon for the NHS  gives details of 13 sites in England, Wales and Scotland, where the NHS is working with partners from industry and academia with the aim of accelerating the development of innovative medical technology.

The report has been published by the MedTECH Centre. It plans to update the publication regularly to document developments in the sector and provide an overview of the facilities available.

Keith Chantler, Executive Director of TRUSTECH, one of the partners in the MedTECH Centre, explains: “The NHS is rightly regarded as one of the leading public healthcare systems in the world. What is perhaps not so widely appreciated is the growing level of collaboration between the NHS and industry.

“In the past, the NHS relationship with the private sector has sometimes led to delay and increased risks in bringing products to market. This can inhibit innovation and result in a high failure rate of medical start-ups, and increased development costs that are eventually passed on to the healthcare customer.

“It is in the interest of both healthcare providers and innovators to work together and accelerate the development of products that meet our 21st century healthcare needs.”

Keith Chantler believes the new spirit of co-operation has been driven in part by changes in the way the NHS pays its suppliers and the focus on improving outcomes for patients and delivering value. “This requires the NHS and suppliers to share more information,” he said. “The new generation of health technology campuses has opened the way for rapid development of new ideas and translation into commercially viable products and services.”

TRUSTECH came up with the idea of launching a directory of healthcare technology campuses when hosting visits to the Manchester Health Technology Campus. Keith adds: “We found that both UK and international companies were excited by the prospect of this kind of working and wanted to know more. This report is the first overview of the health technology campus sector in the UK, and we hope it will be useful in promoting UK excellence at home and overseas.”

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