A leading university academic has been appointed to the top post at a new regional NHS organisation.
Lancaster University’s Professor of Musculoskeletal Science John Goodacre has just taken up the major role of Medical Director for the new North West Coast Academic Health Science Network.
It is one of 15 AHSNs recently set up by the NHS across England. Their role is to establish and support partnerships between the NHS, universities, industry, local enterprise partnerships and other organisations.
Professor Goodacre, is also the co-director of the Faculty of Health and Medicine’s Collaborative Partnerships initiative, which supports strategic partnerships with the public and private sector in research and professional development.
He said: “What this means in real terms for Lancaster University is that we will be even more forward facing and involved in a significant new piece of NHS infrastructure – involving all faculties.”
He added that there had been significant progress of health and medicine at the university in recent years.
Prof Goodacre said: “This is a real marker. We now have a key role in shaping regional strategy and policy around this agenda”
He will work with all nine NW universities and NHS organisations,in the area.