Academic organisations

Whether you are a further education institution delivering health courses, or a university with a medical school or health faculty, WMAHSN can support you and your organisation in the adoption of healthcare innovation at scale and pace. WMAHSN encourages greater collaboration between academic institutions, the NHS and industry to boost research and innovation in healthcare and life sciences, promoting best health for the population and prosperity for the West Midlands. 

All academic and educational institutions within the West Midlands are automatically enrolled as WMAHSN standard members. The WMAHSN standard membership scheme will remain no cost for all West Midlands academic institutions, as it is subsidised by NHS England. WMAHSN intends to continue to deliver this no cost standard membership scheme for all of its stakeholders until the end of its NHS England licence. From 1 April 2016, WMAHSN will also offer a paid-for enhanced membership scheme, with additional benefits, services and premium access, for academic institutions should they choose to do so. 

The membership scheme supports WMAHSN and its stakeholders to achieve the two key objectives of improving health and generating economic growth. It does this through membership networks and services connecting academics, researchers, NHS and industry to accelerate the process of innovation and facilitate the adoption and spread of innovative ideas and technologies across large populations. Breaking down traditional organisational boundaries and building stronger relationships between academic, scientific and industry communities – coupled with better knowledge exchange – will bring lasting benefits as best practice is spread quickly and widely across the NHS in the West Midlands.

WMAHSN has an ambition to ensure that the results of high-quality teaching, research and enterprise activity in academic institutions in the West Midlands are translated into real benefits for patients and the regional economy. We work closely with our local academic partners, developing and delivering programmes that lead to improvements in healthcare and the local economy. 

Through its opportunities for innovation process and the Meridian online health innovation exchange, WMAHSN wants to hear from academic members who can work with us on rolling out innovative solutions, models and technologies to address the challenges faced by the local health economy. Alternatively, the process encourages innovative solutions to gaps in current provision in the NHS or social care in the West Midlands. Proposals should have relevance to the WMAHSN’s priorities and enabling themes, and deliver better health and economic outcomes for the region.