Research centre aims to raise health of young and elderly

Researchers from Leeds and Bradford will work together to improve the health and well-being of children and the elderly – and the safety of patients in hospitals – in a new £3million centre.

The Wolfson Centre for Applied Healthcare Research, to be established beside Bradford Royal Infirmary, will bring together researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Bradford and clinicians from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It has been made possible thanks to a £1million donation from national charity The Wolfson Foundation, with further contributions from the two universities and the Trust.

By combining the expertise of health researchers with clinicians who have daily contact with patients, the centre will ensure that its findings are put rapidly into practice – resulting in better health and social care for those who need it most, right here in Yorkshire.

The three areas it will address have been identified as key health priorities for the county:

  • Reducing inequalities in the health and development of young people, and seeking out the early-years interventions which are most effective
  • Developing new models of care for frail elderly patients, those with dementia and those facing debilitating musculoskeletal conditions, improving systems of care for the terminally ill
  • Developing new methods of care that are safe, patient-centred and harness the potential of new technologies.

The Wolfson Centre will host a centre for child health including the ground-breaking Born in Bradford and Born in Bradford’s Better Start cohorts. It will also host the Centre for Ageing, one of the UK’s most successful research groups in applied, health research for older people, and the National Institute for Health Research’s National Patient Safety Centre.

Work on the centre is due to start in the early summer of 2017 and will take around two years to complete.

Read more about the Wolfson Centre.

Posted in: