Teesside University has agreed an ambitious new strategic partnership with one of the region’s largest healthcare providers which sets out to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the North East.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed between the University and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust will enable collaborative research and innovation, as well as staff development and student placement opportunities.
It formalises the commitment of the two organisations to work together and combine their expertise to enhance the quality of both healthcare and education.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at Teesside University by professor Jane Turner OBE, pro vice-chancellor for enterprise and business engagement) and Sue Jacques, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
The agreement includes a wide range of objectives, including working together on research and innovation projects, developing and improving healthcare workforce educational training, enhanced student placements to specifically address skill shortage areas and the development of new technologies and services.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated organisations in the country, providing hospital and community services to a population of over 650,000 people.
It is an ambitious and innovative organisation with a 7,000-strong workforce which provides hospital services from two acute sites – Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham, plus Bishop Auckland Hospital and five community hospitals.
The trust also works closely with its health partners across the region to deliver the best possible care for patients.
Teesside University’s School of Health & Social Care delivers a range of courses which meet today’s health and social care needs.
It promotes evidence-based practice, giving students and graduates the most up to date knowledge and skills to deliver care.
Research within the school focusses on rehabilitation and exercise sciences and public health and interdisciplinary work is carried out across the University and in partnership with external bodies and groups.
Professor Turner said: “This formal relationship reinforces the shared ambition of both organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the region through research, knowledge exchange, workforce development and student placements.
“We have an outstanding reputation in terms of health and social care and this Memorandum of Understanding puts a discipline and structure in place to build on the fantastic work which is already taking place.”
Sue Jacques added: “We have been working together with Teesside University for a number of years, but by formalising our relationship, we are providing a platform to drive forward improvements and opportunities in healthcare and will work closely to support game-changing ideas.
“Teesside is an outstanding university with a great reputation. It is at the forefront of innovation and creative thinking and we are looking forward to working with staff and students to enhance research, training and education for healthcare in the region.”
Marion Grieves, dean of Teesside University’s School of Health & Social Care, said: “This formal Memorandum of Understanding strengthens what is already a successful working partnership.
“The increased collaboration will have a positive impact on health care provision in the North East and provide a wide range of opportunities for students and staff.”
• Pictured above (left to right): Front row – Sue Jacques, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, professor Jane Turner OBE, Teesside University pro vice-chancellor (enterprise and business engagement). Back row – Linda Nelson, associate dean, (enterprise and business engagement), Jeremy Cundall, chief medical fficer at CDDFT, Dr James Limb, research and Innovation director at CDDFT, professor Simon Hodgson, pro vice-chancellor (research and innovation) and Marion Grieves, dean of the School of Health & Social Care.