Government award to drive Northern Powerhouse future in health research

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network has welcomed the news that a Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) led bid for a Science Innovation Audit (SIA) for a Northern Powerhouse in Health Research (NPiHR) has been successful.

Science and innovation audits are awarded by the government to help regions to map their research and innovation strengths and identify areas of potential global competitive advantage.

The NPiHR is recognition of the Northern Powerhouse’s ability to deliver the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy in health innovation.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN is a member of the Northern Health Science Alliance, which also includes the North’s top universities and NHS hospital trusts.

Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “This is great news for the North. I would like to congratulate all the Alliance partners involved in this important achievement, which will help us ensure that our skills and abilities in health innovation and the life science sectors reach their full potential.”

Dr Hakim Yadi OBE, CEO of the NHSA, said: “We are delighted that the UK government has recognised the North of England’s potential in health research through the awarding of this SIA.

“The North already possesses a range of assets in industry, research and public services which, when brought together, become a globally relevant hub for cutting edge health research, innovation and improved service delivery, new markets potential and business growth.

“The SIA will help with the development of the North as an internationally recognised clinical cluster through the utilisation of our SIA, which will be focused on Data for Better Health & Wealth and the implementation of Precision Medicine within routine care. This is great news for the Northern Powerhouse and its prime capability in health innovation.”

Science Minister, Jo Johnson, said: “Now in its third wave, the Science and Innovation Audits are providing valuable insight into the ground-breaking work taking place across the UK and the contributions we are making to solve challenges across the world.

“The work of the successful regions undertaking their SIA in this wave will support the development and delivery of our Industrial Strategy and allow local places to build on their strengths.  This will ensure that the UK remains competitive in the global market and is best placed to continue leading scientific discoveries and taking them to market.”

Read the government announcement on this here