Success for Manchester’s Academic Health Science Centre bid
Manchester's aim to become a leading international centre for
turning innovative research into improved health for people locally
and globally has received a major boost.
city's Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), a partnership between The
University of Manchester and six leading NHS organisations, has
been named as one of only six elite accredited partnerships in the
country by the Department of Health, and the only one outside the
South-East of England.
MAHSC brings together NHS and University staff across six key
areas of health: cancer; cardiovascular health; human development;
inflammation and repair; mental health and population health.
"Our agenda is ambitious: to transform the health of people in
Manchester, to have a global impact through our discoveries and
their application and to contribute to economic development in
Manchester and the North of England" said Professor Ian
Jacobs, MAHSC Director and Vice President and Dean, Faculty of
Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester.
"The MAHSC partners, who employ over 36,000 staff, have already
helped to transform people's lives by developing a range of new
treatments and care pathways. These include for example,
identifying women at higher risk of breast cancer, improving care
for children with leukaemia, genetic disorders and severe
allergies, delivering more effective care to stroke patients,
finding genetic causes for heart failure and speeding up diagnosis
"In awarding the designation, the Department of Health has
recognised the outstanding level of collaboration between MAHSC
colleagues, and the quality of the science, translational medicine
and education that underpins everything we do. It's a
tremendous accolade to be one of the elite group of AHSCs, and the
MAHSC team is determined to continue delivering transformational
change to health and care for people across Manchester and beyond
during the next five years."
Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) status, which is awarded
for a five-year period, recognises excellence across world-class
research, health education, patient care and economic
development. AHSCs are tasked with improving health and
healthcare delivery, including increased translation of discoveries
from basic science into benefits for patients. They also have
the potential to drive economic growth in their local communities
through research partnerships with life science companies.
Added Sir Howard Bernstein, Chair of MAHSC and Chief
Executive of Manchester City
Council: "The unique way in which Manchester brings
together clinical and academic experts in teams led by hospital
chief executives is tremendously powerful. It's an
outstanding example of the innovative way in which our city
connects health and wellbeing. Manchester is well on track to
becoming one of the leading biomedical centres in Europe, Well done
to Ian Jacobs and the team of many thousands of staff who have
contributed to this latest outstanding success."
Speaking on behalf of the NHS partners in MAHSC, Mike
Deegan, Chief Executive of Central Manchester University Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust, commented: "This is excellent
news for all the people in our local communities, and the wider
population, who will benefit from access to the latest
breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment and care pioneered here in
Manchester. MAHSC's world-class research is providing
innovative solutions to changing healthcare needs, and together we
can deliver the health and economic benefits that will have a
transformational impact on many lives."
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and
Vice-Chancellor of The
University of Manchester added: "Congratulations to
everyone who has contributed to this outstanding achievement.
I'm delighted that the strength and importance of our partnership,
and its ability to deliver, have been recognised by the Department
For further information please contact Emma Smith in the MAHSC
communications team on 0161 701 2679 or 0782 514 2219.
Notes for editors
MAHSC (the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre) is a
partnership between the University of Manchester and six NHS
organisations. Our NHS partners are some of the most highly rated
NHS Trusts in the country, and the University of Manchester is one
of the top 3 UK research universities (RAE 2008). www.mahsc.ac.uk
Through partnership with the Greater Manchester Academic Health
Science Network, MAHSC acts as a beacon within the local health
system, providing clinical leadership and helping health care
organisations reap the benefits of research and innovation to drive
improvements in care.
The MAHSC partners are:
- The University of Manchester
- Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation
- Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
- Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as lead
representative for Greater Manchester CCGs
- Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
- The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation
More information about the AHSCs is available on
the Department of Health website