NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and the University of Glasgow today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to form the Glasgow Health Sciences Partnership (GHSP).
The aim of the GHSP is to better integrate world-leading research, top quality education and expertise in clinical practice between NHSGGC and the University.
By identifying and moving forward areas of health innovation, such as the implementation of Precision Medicine in Scotland, the GHSP aims to improve health outcomes, deliver better healthcare and generate economic benefits for Glasgow.
The GHSP agreement will also ensure a high level of teaching and learning experiences for a wide range of healthcare staff; and will also aim to rapidly translate research discoveries and innovations into healthcare reality for patients.
The MOA was signed by John Brown, Chairman of NHSGGC and the University’s Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli.
John Brown, Chairman NHSGGC, said: “As the biggest health board in the UK we have had a very strong relationship with the University of Glasgow for a number of years and the signing of this agreement just cements this collaboration.
“Our work with the University on new innovations, drugs and treatments is for the benefit of our patients and people throughout the world.
“There has already been more than 1,000 groundbreaking research projects which have put Glasgow on the global research and development map including leading-edge medical projects.
“And in the past year 10,000 people from the Glasgow area have taken part in clinical trials which has been the catalyst for greater treatment success rates and targeted therapies becoming more and more common.”
Prof Muscatelli said: “The University of Glasgow has a long-standing, close relationship with the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board and its antecedents, dating back to the opening of Glasgow Royal Infirmary - Glasgow’s first teaching hospital - in 1794. We continue to work closely with the Health Board in the provision of teaching, clinical care, and much more.
“On behalf of the University, I am delighted to sign this MOA, which will see this relationship continue to flourish with the creation of the GHSP. The new agreement creates a focus for our continuing efforts to improve health outcomes for the people of our city and beyond, and to bring added benefits to the local and national economy.”
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of the College of MVLS, said: “On behalf of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, I am very happy to see the University sign this MOA with our friends and colleagues at NHSGGC.
“Our close partnership with the NHS spans biomedical research, clinical trials and the establishment of the jointly-managed research and teaching infrastructure at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, including our Teaching & Learning Centre, the new Clinical Research Facility and the Imaging Centre of Excellence.
“The triple helix approach – collaboration between academia, the NHS and industry –– is very important as we strive to further research and investment and continue to lead the way with Precision Medicine, delivering healthcare innovation for Glasgow and beyond.”
It is anticipated the GHSP will form the core of a wider West of Scotland Health Sciences Network (WoSHSN) which will include other academic institutions, health boards, and other parties having a shared interest and vision for delivering healthcare improvement and development in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
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