Academic organisations

Whether you are a further education institution delivering health courses, or a university with a medical school, school of nursing or health faculty.  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 citizens in our region. 

For academic institutions, the WMAHSN will help to realise tangible benefits through the translation of academic research and its development into commercial opportunities, as well as into practice, in a healthcare setting.  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.

Through our innovation and adoption service and the Meridian health innovation exchange, WMAHSN will help organisations to develop a challenge-led approach to innovation, improvement, quality and safety. By providing optimal solutions to system challenges, it will enable the sharing of proven innovations and help organisations understand and address the barriers to implementing innovations by sharing knowledge and expertise across sites. 

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. Additionally, the process encourages the development of innovative solutions to gaps in current provision in the NHS and social care in the West Midlands. Proposals should have relevance to the WMAHSN’s priorities and deliver measurable improvements in health and economic outcomes for the region.

Membership for academic institutions

The scheme supports WMAHSN and its academic members to achieve the two key objectives of improving health and generating economic growth. It does this through membership networks and services connecting NHS, local authorities, academics, researchers and industry that exist to accelerate 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 members – coupled with better knowledge exchange – will bring lasting benefits as best practice is spread quickly and widely across the NHS in the West Midlands.  We work closely with our local NHS and local authority partners, developing and delivering programmes that will lead to improvements in healthcare and the local economy. 

There are two levels of membership for academic institutions, standard and premium:

  • Standard membership provides access to networks and support programmes relating to our priorities
  • Premium membership incorporates all of the elements of standard membership plus array of additional services, including:
    • Premium access to the Meridian online health innovation exchange, with additional features and tools
    • Access to the premium Innovation and Adoption Service
    • Access to the Innovation Pathway, a series of tools and practical support methodologies
    • Access to  the premium Digital Health and Data Service
    • Access to the premium Personalised Medicine (Genomics) Service
    • Annual subscription to Nursing SCRIPT, worth £5,000 per organisation 
    • Access to the EIT Health consortium worth £5,000 per organisation and other relevant funding sources

At present, premium membership is only available to academic institutions within the West Midlands region.