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Two BHP members deepen collaboration to improve health provision

Aston University and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWC) – both members of BHP – have deepened their strategic relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to co-develop paediatric health initiatives.

The MoU also aims to develop the health services workforce of the future together, with a specific focus on course development and delivery, including placements. It will invest in shared posts that enable closer links between academia, education and healthcare provision, while also supporting honorary appointments and initiating collaborative projects to develop world-leading research and provision in the field of paediatric health and wellbeing.

Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-chancellor, Raffaela Goodby, BWC Chief People Officer (front row) sign the MoU, accompanied by colleagues from both organisations

The partnership will make the most efficient use of resources and reduce duplication by providing a range of shared services, as well as continuously developing new ways to work together, with a view to supporting innovation in the field of healthcare.

These activities will build on the existing joined up work taking place between Aston University and BWC via BHP, such as shared use of the MRI scanning services in the Aston Institute for Health and Neurodevelopment and joint research projects examining topics including epilepsy in children, eating behaviours and neurodevelopment.

Professor Anthony Hilton, pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences at Aston University, said: “The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding formalises the existing relationship between our two organisations and represents a strong joint commitment to improving healthcare provision in our city.

“Working collaboratively enables us to bring together world-leading research with outstanding clinical provision, for the benefit of our students, patients accessing BWC services and our city and region. I look forward to developing the many ways in which our organisations can work together to improve healthcare provision in Birmingham.”

Matthew Boazman, deputy chief executive officer of BWC, said: “The partnership between BWC and Aston University represents a wonderful opportunity for us to ensure that Birmingham has access to world-class healthcare provision and that those entering the workforce are as ready as they can be.”