"CLAHRC for South Yorkshire is helping to ensure that NHS organisations in our region are able to recognise and develop meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with local, national and international businesses. Many of these relationships benefit greatly from the ongoing input of patients, who help researchers and industry leaders understand and ultimately meet patients' healthcare needs."
Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
We are exploring the potential for developing close industry collaborations that will improve the health and wealth of our region's communities. In these pages you can find some examples of our existing partnership work with industry. Our collaborators include global brands such as Perkin Elmer and Bosch Healthcare, as well as national companies such as Tunstall, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) such as Longhand Data and True Clarity.
What are the mutual benefits to be gained by such partnerships? Firstly, income into our collaboration can be in several forms. It can be real funding to undertake evaluations of new technologies, or to implement existing evidence-based technologies into new patient groups. It could also be matched funding, including the contribution of time by engineers, and the provision of hardware or peripherals. Secondly, the sharing of ideas and knowledge from those working within the chronic disease and public health arena with companies trying to understand not only unmet needs but also the requirements and specifications of service users and service providers. Understanding business models within the NHS and how both the NHS and the company can generate a return on their investments has been part of the work CLAHRC has provided collaborative support for. We have often provided a research and implementation brokerage role to help our industry partners scope out their research or implementation needs. We then manage the research and implementation process carefully on their behalf until completion and delivery.
Many of the case studies shown in these pages are included in our Industry newsletter, available for download here.