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New partnership to strengthen health provision

Published: 30 October 2018 at 15:47

Richard Gleave and Professor Roderick Watkins signing the Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement to collaborate on workforce development, education, research and innovation

A new partnership has been signed by Anglia Ruskin University and Public Health England to carry out public health research and to develop the health agency’s workforce at its new £450 million campus in Essex.

The agreement will see joint working to identify educational programmes. It will also involve collaboration to design research programmes, deliver new degree apprenticeships, and create innovative solutions to public health issues. Joint strategies will be developed to tackle key areas of public health relevance such as ageing and obesity. 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will last for an initial three years, was signed at the School of Medicine at the Chelmsford campus by PHE’s Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, Richard Gleave, and Anglia Ruskin’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Roderick Watkins.

Professor Watkins said: 

“There are many challenges facing the East of England in terms of health and wellbeing and no one organisation can solve them on its own.

“We know that collaboration is vital when it comes to solving the healthcare issues of today and tomorrow, and this agreement will see us work with Public Health England in areas such as workforce development, innovation, education and research.

“This is another important step for Anglia Ruskin’s healthcare provision and we are thrilled to be working closely with PHE to the benefit of the people of our region.”

Anglia Ruskin is already a leading provider of healthcare professionals in the region and works closely with NHS Trusts, educating nurses, paramedics, midwives and other healthcare students. The first undergraduates to study Medicine in Essex began their courses at the School of Medicine last month.

Under its plans, PHE will move the majority of its functions from Porton in Wiltshire and Colindale in North London as well as its headquarters and national functions in central London, to Harlow to create the second largest base for applied public health science in the world.

Richard Gleave said: 

“Building partnerships such as this will enable PHE to deliver even more of our world leading science when we move to Harlow.

“The benefits are immense – not only to the work and education of our staff but also to public health, regionally, nationally and globally.

“The world is changing rapidly around us and we face increasing challenges in health. Partnerships such as this make us stronger and better prepared for whatever lies ahead.”