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Yorkshire & Humber AHSN welcomes visit by MEP

MEP Linda McAvan visited the headquarters of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) on Friday 28 October to meet the team that led the successful bid to retain international recognition for the region’s active and healthy ageing initiatives.

img_0012In July, experts from across Europe awarded Yorkshire & Humber ‘Reference Site’ status and a three-year star rating for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Heathy Ageing. This prestigious award recognises the area’s innovative and comprehensive approach to healthy ageing and its impact on patients’ health.

It follows an earlier successful bid in 2013 when Yorkshire and the Humber became one of the first regions to be awarded three stars in England.

Ms McAvan is the Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and Chair of the European Parliament’s International Development Committee.

She commented: “The work the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network has achieved in creating an award-winning reference site here in Yorkshire is highly commendable. It’s good to see our region taking a lead in tackling issues facing us as an ageing society. And exchanging new ideas with other European countries facing similar challenges is vital”.

Richard Stubbs, interim Managing Director at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “This visit provided us with a great opportunity to talk to Ms McAvan about how we work in partnership with our members to deliver innovative healthcare that is really benefitting patients.

“We know that the Reference Sites in this area are among some of the most advanced Reference Sites in Europe and we should celebrate that the excellent work across the region has been recognised by the award of this prestigious status. It is particularly pleasing this year as we have been joined by AHSNs in Greater Manchester, North West Coast and the North East in achieving three-star status.”

Picture caption: From the left are Ryan Jones, assistant to Linda McAvan, Dawn Lockwood (Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Chief Operating Officer), Linda McAvan, Usha Appalsawmy (Clinical Leadership Fellow at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Improvement Academy), Stephen Stericker (Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Head of Programmes) and Neville Young (Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s Head of Commercial Development)