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UCLPartners re-designated as an Academic Health Science Centre

6 April 2020
UCLPartners has been awarded Academic Health Science Centre status for another five years.

UCLPartners is delighted to announce its re-designation by the National Institute for Health Research – NHS England/Improvement (NIHR-NHSE/I) as an ‘Academic Health Science Centre’ (AHSC) for a further five years, from 1st April 2020. The announcement follows a competitive designation process initiated in October 2019.

UCLPartners AHSC brings together five NHS trusts and three universities to tackle the greatest health challenges affecting our population, by accelerating the translation of discoveries in areas of unmet need.

In recent weeks our partnership has made major contributions to the national and international efforts to combat COVID-19. This has included the rapid development of a breathing aid to help keep COVID-19 patients out of intensive care, the launch of a global programme to raise awareness of the importance of hand-washing, development of rapid diagnostic testing and tracking systems, and advising the government in the UK and internationally. Our experts regularly appear in the media keeping the public informed and engaged, and many of our staff and students are involved in providing front-line clinical care.

UCLPartners AHSC is now in its 11th year. Over the next five years, it will continue to identify transformational innovations in health care at an early-stage, and to support them with specialist expertise, training and seed funds, to speed-up development and maximize benefit to our patients and NHS partners. Working collaboratively across the UCLPartners designations, the AHSC will enable the evaluation and wider uptake of innovations for the benefit of the population.

Prof David Lomas, UCLPartners AHSC Director and UCL Vice Provost (Health), said: “We are delighted to be re-designated as an AHSC, and are grateful to all those who contributed to the process. Never was there a more important time to stand united, work together, and to drive research excellence into clinical impact as effectively as possible.”

Prof Mike Roberts, Managing Director, UCLPartners said: “UCLPartners began as one of the country’s first AHSCs. We are proud to have been re-designated and will continue to draw together the strengths of UCLPartners’ different designations to harness research and innovation for better patient care and a healthier population.”

Our AHSC partners are:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • UCL
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Find out more about UCLPartners AHSC.