CUHP welcomes Anglia Ruskin University as its newest member

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has joined Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP) to help deliver the Cambridge Vision for Life Sciences - making breakthrough discoveries that are rapidly translated and scaled into improving lives.

As an Academic Health Sciences Centre, CUHP’s mission is to improve healthcare through collaboration between the NHS, industry and academia. ARU will be joining the current members: Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge.

By joining the partnership, the university will help shape and deliver the regional life science agenda, taking the lead on work to identify skills and talent needs and how these will be delivered for the ecosystem.

Professor Yvonne Barnett, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at ARU, said: "We are delighted to be joining CUHP, further cementing our commitment and contribution to skills and talent development and research in health, performance and wellbeing that will have a real impact on people's lives."

Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter, Director of Cambridge University Health Partners, said: “I’m incredibly pleased the university will be joining as a member, helping us to deliver our Vision for Life Sciences and make a difference across the region and beyond. They are already helping us develop our links and increase our impact across the area, by opening a facility for clinical research in Peterborough and through their presence in Essex.”

Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Cambridge University, said: “Anglia Ruskin University has a fantastic reputation. It already works closely with the current partners and brings complementary programmes and reach that will help strengthen our collective ability to improve lives locally and globally.”

ARU is committed to transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. The university is already playing an integral part of the Cambridge Life Science ecosystem, as there are currently more than 3,500 students studying Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health courses across its campuses.

It also trains clinical scientists and lab technicians who go onto employment in research labs across the region, as well as running several large apprenticeship schemes. ARU has a long-standing and important history of collaboration with Cambridge University Hospitals and Royal Papworth Hospital on work-based learning initiatives that meet strategic workforce needs and support a high volume of nursing apprenticeships in particular. The university also hosts the national NHSE sponsored Clinical Entrepreneur Programme and has an award winning Institute for Music Therapy Research.

By becoming a member, existing activity between ARU and CUHP will benefit from the strategic planning and oversight which the partnership provides. In addition, the CUHP forum offers the opportunity to identify and put in place ambitious new opportunities at a systemic level and apply shared expertise to improving patient outcomes.