More than 180 delegates from across the West Midlands’ healthcare, industry and academic organisations flocked to Birmingham yesterday (13 October) for an annual economic summit, which examined the links between health and wealth and the implications for the region.
The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) hosted their second Health and Wealth Economic Summit, which saw healthcare industry, NHS, academic and patient representatives pack into the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston to hear how driving co-operation and productivity in healthcare can boost economic productivity, as well as increasing the employability of people across the region.
The free event also launched the AHSN’s new innovation fund for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the Innovation and Adoption Service and the industry gateway, examining the opportunities available to improve health and create wealth and explaining how to collaborate with other stakeholders via these new services.
The event provided an update on the developments made by the WMAHSN over the past 12 months, including a step-by-step update on the organisations’ seven point growth plan and the introduction of three new industry secondments to the AHSN. There were also two question time sessions, discussing the innovation and financial support available for partners.
Dr Christopher Parker, Managing Director of the WMAHSN, said: “By attending this event, academics, clinicians and industry delegates learned more about the importance of wealth in the healthcare sector and the many opportunities available.
“The healthcare and life sciences industries can be a dynamo for economic growth in the West Midlands. The rapid introduction of innovative products and services made in the Midlands will not only create more jobs, but health innovations themselves improve the health and therefore the employability of the local population, further helping to regenerate and restore wider, regional economic productivity.
“The event allowed delegates to network with others who have a stake in health provision and a say in policy and direction to build on the West Midlands’ growing reputation for adopting cutting edge technology to both create wealth and improve patient care.”
To find out more about the summit, take a look in the summit delegate pack, or view the slidedeck from the day. To ensure that attendees gained maximum value from the summit, and to feedback into future events, they are being asked to take a few minutes to complete a short online survey.