Healthcare leaders gear up for regional economic summit

Posted on 27 November 2017 (Permalink)

Around 200 delegates across the West Midlands’ healthcare and life sciences landscape will be flocking to Birmingham on 5 December for an annual economic summit, examining the links between health and wealth and the implications for the region of recent economic developments.

The WMAHSN will be hosting its fourth Economic Summit, which will see healthcare industry, NHS, academic and patient representatives pack into the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre 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 summit will focus on the life sciences industry within the West Midlands, and the opportunities this affords not just in improving the health of the local population, but as a key driver of economic growth. The potential of the sector has been recognised as a pillar of economic progress by the now-established West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which has life sciences firmly on its agenda. With the challenges and opportunities presented by the region’s six Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships - which bring together the NHS and local councils to improve health and care based on the needs of the whole population in each area – combined with the West Midlands’ enviable strengths in digital health, these are exciting times for the local life sciences economy.

As well as presentations covering these hot topics across the life sciences sector, there will be three question time sessions. The speakers and panellists include national as well as local key opinion leaders.

Tony Davis, Commercial Director of the WMAHSN, said: “This event will focus on the repercussions that the West Midlands Combined Authority, the joint work on Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and the upsurge in digital health developments will have on the regional life sciences and healthcare sector, and their potential impact as economic drivers for growth, as well as improving the health of the local population.

“By attending this event, delegates will gain a greater understanding of the importance of economic impact in the healthcare sector, learn about WMAHSN mechanisms to support industry, academics and clinicians in accessing opportunities, responding to challenges and adopting innovations at scale and pace and importantly, network with others who have a stake in health provision and a say in policy and direction across the region to build on the West Midlands’ growing reputation for adopting cutting-edge technology to create wealth and improve patient care.”

To find out more and to register, go to the WMAHSN website.