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New University Health Strategy

The University of Kent is to introduce a new strategy to develop its current health-related teaching, research and enterprise activities, enabling it to become more responsive to the rapidly changing demands of the region’s healthcare services and to strengthen its research activity in those areas where the University already has world-class expertise. The strategy will be sent out for widespread consultation over the next month before being launched in the autumn.

The strategy will build on existing strengths in social policy, mental health, biomedical sciences, sports sciences, pharmacy, research design and technical innovation. A key element will be ‘Kent Health’, an agency which would act as a one-stop shop in terms of promoting, providing and offering the University health activities and its interface with the healthcare profession.

According to Professor Peter Jeffries, Acting Dean of Health, ‘We already have examples of excellence across the institution, such as the Centre for Health Services Studies and the Centre for Biomedical Informatics. However, after consultation with key players in the region we established there is a need for the University to have a much closer relationship with the Kent NHS, providing leadership in teaching and research across the region and helping revitalise its health economy. ‘

The University’s health strategy will be supported by the appointment of ten new academics and clinicians across the range of health-related disciplines, including biomedical sciences, cognitive neurosciences, pharmacy, and molecular processing.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow said, ‘The University of Kent is very strong in many disciplines, including aspects of health related research. The focus of this strategy is to enable us to work more closely with partners as well as to increase our capacity in this area.’



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Story published at 1:20pm 5 July 2010

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