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Bournemouth University and Dorset’s Integrated Care System launch new partnership

Bournemouth University, the local NHS and industry have launched a new partnership with the aim of using innovation to drive forward improvements in healthcare outcomes for people across Dorset.

The ‘Transforming Healthcare Through Innovation’ event, attended by over 150 professionals marked the start of a formal partnership between Bournemouth University and Dorset’s Integrated Care System (ICS), which is a partnership of all NHS and local authorities in the county.

Tim Goodson, Chief Officer at NHS Dorset CCG, said: “This partnership will support and strengthen our efforts to improve health care delivery. The event has underlined the steps we are already taking to innovate, from smartphone technology allowing health care professionals to assess patients at home or triage them on arrival in urgent care, to co-designed self-management apps for long term conditions and emerging technologies to diagnose and manage lower back pain. I look forward to working closely with Bournemouth University and seeing the benefits it brings to patient care, now and in the future.”

Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Bournemouth University said: “Medical science is a strategic investment area within BU2025, which is the university’s vision and strategic plan that was launched last year. We will see a range of emergent benefits to healthcare in Dorset as we work together with ambitions of supporting a high quality of life for a population that is living longer and wanting to enjoy an active lifestyle. This partnership is an opportunity to think differently and find innovative solutions to regional health challenges that can also inform and lead national and international thinking within medical care and medical science.”

Dr Phil Richardson, Chief System Integration Officer at NHS Dorset CCG and Lead Director for the ICS, said: “The power of working in an integrated way allows us to meet challenges far more effectively by the fusion of education, research and practice. It’s an exciting time for Dorset to see so many senior leaders from local digital innovators to global brands such as Takeda, Capita, GSK, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Siemens. university experts, NHS and local authorities are working together to make Dorset a healthy place to live and work.”