University to help tackle the region’s big health issues

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We are part of a pioneering new network designed to accelerate healthcare innovation in the West of England.

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN) brings together universities and providers of NHS services to put research into practice more quickly, ensure that variations in the quality of care are reduced and work more effectively with industry to develop and test innovative services and products.

The network will ensure that innovation is reflected in training for future health care workers by working closely with Health Education South West (the Local Education and Training Board) which commissions undergraduate and postgraduate training and development for health professionals.

The network has received the go ahead from Government and has been authorised to operate for five years.

Professor Christopher Eccleston from our Department for Health, said: “This is an opportunity to transfer research and innovation into practice in our local area.

“This is particularly true in Bath, Wiltshire and Swindon where we have been promoting knowledge exchange between universities, health practices, and the wider health economy.”

For more information about the network, please visit

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