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The University of Bedfordshire has been awarded £3million by NHS England to develop a research and innovation hub in collaboration with the NHS BLMK (Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes) Health & Care Partnership, which will focus on ways to improve health and social care inequalities across the region.


The BLMK Integrated Care System (ICS) Research & Innovation Hub will see academics and researchers from the University’s Institute for Health Research (IHR) and Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR) join forces with local health and social care professionals to work on a number of targeted projects over the next three years to advance NHS processes, support services and service-user outcomes.

Following the funding announcement, the launch of the BLMK ICS Research & Innovation Hub was celebrated with a special event held at the University’s Putteridge Bury campus where a number of health and social stakeholder organisations were in attendance.

Dr Louise Grant, Executive Dean Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with NHS BLMK Health & Care Partnership on reducing health and social inequalities. Together I am sure we can make a significant contribution through our applied research interventions.”

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