An update from the CEO
As we all know, Liverpool City Region is home to some of the nation’s leading healthcare expertise and research, and our role at Liverpool Health Partners is to bring together knowledge and research and deliver education to positively impact the services offered in the region, and beyond.
We’ve seen the value of partnership working in the healthcare sector and it’s demonstrated in the cases from across LHP, covered in the video found in the link below, but in recent months, momentum has gathered around some significant projects which will deliver long-term value to the health infrastructure of the region.
Last year saw the launch of two collaborative centres, Liverpool Head and Neck Centre and the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science. The LHNC will address a recognised local healthcare need, and the advanced research delivered will have global impact, made possible through the combined strength of the University of Liverpool, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Liverpool Health Partners.
LCCS also addresses a local population need, with a strategic research collaboration between Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Health Partners, all working together to achieve sector-leading insights to positively impact health outcomes regionally and globally.
The key feature for both centres is that a combination of organisations - providing authority in their areas – are able to recognise need and take co-ordinated, appropriate action to have significant impact in the areas that need it. LHP works with partner organisations to ensure that the research and education delivered in LCR is of most value to the service level, to ultimately provide improved health outcomes for local residents.
LHP itself has seen a number of changes and notable progress over recent months, with much more to come.
A business strategy review and brand refresh took place last year and these projects have enabled us to move ahead and clarify our research areas. With our research areas defined and the launch of the Joint Research Service imminent, LHP is in a period of growth for sustained benefit to the partnership. Programme Managers, Programme Directors and a Director of Delivery & Performance join the team, co-ordinating and delivering the research and education that will make a real difference to lives locally and nationally.
To continue crucial work of this kind, 2019 started positively with the launch of the Liverpool Centre for Alcohol Research (LCAR) at St George’s Hall. Together with the University of Liverpool, John Moores University and Clinical Research Network North West Coast, it was brilliant to see years of hard work come together to present a centre that will deliver economic and health benefits to the region.
The strategic, crucial work continues at pace with the Joint Research Service in its final stages of planning. The team has carried out exceptional work to make the progress achieved so far and the output will be a unique set-up, providing truly collaborative research from world-leading institutions.
The next few months will see the final phases before the launch in May. The JRS story will be covered extensively as we move ahead, and I will be sure to share key updates.The importance of partnership working in these crucial areas is evident throughout the partnership and when working with such dedicated and thoughtful teams, the achievements gained so far are significant. The future looks set to bring Liverpool the attention it deserves, as a centre of healthcare excellence.