Teesside University has signed a partnership agreement with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which will enhance opportunities for research, innovation and education in healthcare.
The partnership will see the two organisations work together and pool their expertise and resources to establish collaborative education and training programmes as well as identify and develop research, innovations and digital projects.
It will cover a broad range of areas, from identifying opportunities for collaborative research, to staff development through exchanges, training and student placements.
It reinforces the commitment of the two organisations to work together to help improve healthcare through advanced education, training, research and innovation within the healthcare environment. The partnership outlines how the organisations will work together for the next two years.
Linda Nelson, Associate Dean (Enterprise and Business Engagement), in Teesside University’s School of Health & Life Sciences, said: “The University already enjoys a good relationship with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and this formal partnership will allow us to explore and develop further exciting new opportunities built on broader and deeper collaboration across both organisations.”
Teesside University currently works in collaboration with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the Tees Healthcare Innovation Partnership (T-HIP), which is linked to the Healthcare Innovation Centre (HIC) based in Cambridge and Teesside with TWI Ltd.
The HIC draws on existing strengths at Teesside University and TWI to create a centre of excellence in healthcare technologies. It aims to carry out world-leading research that makes a significant impact on people’s lives and wellbeing through interdisciplinary research to develop new interventions, tools and therapies for health and social care.
Dr Michael Stewart, Chief Medical Officer at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have a formal partnership agreement with Teesside University.
“The agreement is a mark of our determination to remain at the forefront of research and innovation as a driver of safe, quality care. Alongside our commitment to research, our position as one country’s highest ranked medical training organisations, and as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer, characterises our commitment to our people and communities.”