As part of our commitment to disseminate information on local growth, the Smart Specialisation Hub uses various communication channels and works with several partners to raise awareness of developments in innovation activity, structural architecture and ecosystems.
At the heart of our pursuit of this agenda is a simple mission: to deliver against our ambition to develop the information base available to local actors, and consistent regionalised understanding of national policies and priorities.
In this vein, we were pleased to accept an invitation to join monthly webinars with the NHS Confederation to jointly brief out relevant measures and instruments which will affect local National Health actors.
The increasing prominence of the Health and Life Sciences – well evidenced in the alacrity with which the relevant sector deal was developed with Government – and the critical mass NHS bodies represent in their places, both within their sector and as the economic weight they represent – make the availability of such knowledge ever more important.
The Hub has worked with Life Sciences and Health representatives before – notably through the Leeds City Region Medtech Science and Innovation Audit, Oxfordshire’s Transformative Technologies equivalent, and in Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough LEP.
This work, however, was specific advice to individual projects and plans; the webinars speak to more general topics, but should provide relevant updates on local innovation to a broad base of NHS organisations.
So far, the Confederation’s local growth consultant, Michael Wood, and our Policy Manager, Andrew Basu-McGowan, have delivered three webinars introducing:
Their future broadcasts will cover:
If our past webinars with the NHS Confederation are of interest to you, you can listen to the podcast versions, and download the accompanying slide decks via our Publications Library.
This webinar looks at the innovation opportunities that have arisen from the white paper and need for local organisations to press ahead with local partnerships.
Several SIAs have now been completed or have been launched, with wave 3 imminent. There is still a lack of real awareness across the NHS as to the background to SIAs, the next steps in this process, the true value of SIAs to local economic planning and the geographies involved.
This webinar provides a brief background to the local growth agenda in England from an innovation perspective and the many strands of policy and funding that are intertwined.
Andrew Basu-McGowan is the Policy Manager for the Smart Specialisation Hub, a role he assumed in April 2016.
Andrew’s chief focus is on forging the collaborations and policy links that drive connected localities and regions, and promoting the role of universities in building diverse and resilient economies.