Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance

The Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance is an interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnership. Drawing on the extensive expertise of Plymouth's Health Innovation Campus – the hospital, teaching and research, the pharmaceutical sector and extending into the International Science Park – it supports a synergistic approach to health that will have an impact not only on our wellbeing but also growth and prosperity. The Alliance includes the University of Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, South West Academic Health Science Network, Plymouth Science Park, industry, research, health and care organisations, public sector bodies and the third sector.

The Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance...

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Gateway for health innovation adoption...

Distinct demographic

The South West’s unique population characteristics – rural, ageing and static – present the ideal platform from which to develop products and services of national and international significance.

Therefore, health technology innovation is focused on primary and social care and patient self-care management, including new clinical treatments, disease interventions and monitoring.

Vibrant research community

University of Plymouth researchers work closely with the NHS Trusts and have deep roots in the healthcare needs of the region. With a reputation for exceptional clinical learning, strong social engagement and world-class research, it is one of the largest providers of graduates for the health and social care sector with an annual research income of over £4.5 million.

It includes the Centre for Health Technology which drives the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative products and services to transform health and social care, and the Insititute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMed) which conducts world-class laboratory, clinical and applied health research.

Health innovation focus

Plymouth's Health Innovation Campus looks after over 60% of the City’s healthcare provision, supporting over 6,000 jobs with another 1,000 in the supply chain. Alongside the Trust, the University’s Derriford Research Facility, Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit and Plymouth Allied Health Care, there are already 27 medical companies based at the City's Plymouth Science Park. The region is a hot spot for social enterprise activity in the UK. In Plymouth alone, there are around 150 social enterprises that employ around 7,000 employees.

Rapid route into the health innovation ecosystem

Working with our partners, we have a proven track record in overcoming key sector challenges in early health innovation adoptions: providing access to research expertise for evaluative purposes, end-user and health services engagement and market assessment.

Our regional innovation adoption environment includes all NHS Trusts, GP practices, care homes, commissioners, patients and end-users as well as voluntary and charitable groups and researchers from the University's Centre for Health Technology.

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Plymouth's Health Innovation Campus

Plymouth's Health Innovation Campus is the central component of the City's health research, innovation and economy activity, taking advantage of the existing geographical co-location of many of the City's health innovation assets and expertise that encompass Plymouth Science Park, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, and Plymouth Medical and Technology Park.

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