20 Apr 2016 Swansea University Medical School Dean, Keith Lloyd's Health Column

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“The Medical School is proud to be part of such a revolutionary health partnership”

The Medical School is proud to have a close, productive and effective relationship with our health boards.

As a school we are educating and training tomorrow’s doctors and life scientists but also helping to deliver real healthcare improvements for patients today through research and collaboration.

This collaborative approach is being maximised by the ARCH Partnership. ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health) is a unique programme made up of Swansea University and ABMU and Hywel Dda health boards and aims to bring health and science together to transform the NHS in this region, train and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses, health workers, scientists, innovators and leaders and also help the local economy to thrive by encouraging investment opportunities and creating new jobs.

The challenges facing the NHS across the UK are well documented and discussed in the media. The NHS is under increased pressure to achieve more with less money.

The ARCH partners are working together create a new image of healthcare provision in this area. ARCH truly is revolutionary in terms of its approach to creating a synergy between health and holistic wellbeing and economic regeneration.

The university and health boards have chosen to collaborate, and create an innovative and fresh way forward for the provision of healthcare and health and wellbeing services for the population of South West Wales.

As a school, through ARCH, we will build on our existing relationships with ABMU and developing our work with Hywel Dda University health Board. This partnership allows the Medical School to work with a regional focus. The ARCH Programme covers a population of 1 million people and involves 6 local authority areas – nothing of this scale or complexity has been attempted in Wales before.

ARCH will also invest in healthcare research and innovation and the translation and implementation of that work. As part of ARCH, the Medical School is developing a strategy for Intellectual property (IP) harmonisation and commercialisation. What does this mean to the NHS and the people it cares for? This strategy will help unlock the innovation within the NHS and also give our NHS staff a framework to help bring their innovation to life and support them to deliver that innovation to deliver real benefits to patients.

The Medical School is holding a free information day on April 23 from 10am to 12pm on our Postgraduate part-time courses. This is a great opportunity for NHS staff to find out more about how they can develop their skills base and learning.

I would encourage our NHS workforce in South West Wales to come along and find out about part time study opportunities which could really enhance their own development and the care they deliver to our patients.

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