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Trust welcomes Spanish delegation

A delegation from the Basque Country Technology Park Network visited the Trust on 19th February, to sign a collaboration agreement with science and innovation hub TrusTECH, in which the Trust is a partner. TrusTECH is based at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and works with NHS Trusts and commercial partners across the North West to develop and share innovative ideas for improving patient care. The Basque Country Technology Park Network is a group of four technology parks which aims to boost the flow of knowledge and technology between universities, research institutions, companies and market. Welcoming the collaboration agreement, Keith Chantler, Executive Director at TrusTECH and the Trust’s head of innovation, said: “The NHS is looking at the Spanish healthcare system as a benchmark partner, examining elements of how their system works and if it would be beneficial to learn from some of their systems and processes. “This new collaboration is a further extension of what the NHS is doing. It opens a pathway for both organisations to share best practice, exchange ideas and knowledge, and work together on appropriate projects. “We are determined to ensure Manchester remains at the forefront of international healthcare innovation, building on its an excellent reputation for developing and delivering improvements to patient care. After the signing ceremony, the delegation visited UMIP and UMIC, the intellectual property and biotech company incubator units of The University of Manchester. This was followed by an update meeting with Manchester Science Parks (MSP). Manchester and the Basque Country Technology Park Network struck up a friendship seven years ago when business leaders from the Basque Country were beginning to develop ideas for the area’s first technology park. MSP provided support and advice to them, and established an ongoing link.