Strengthened partnership between South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust & Foundation Group, and the University of Warwick

Two of the region’s best performing institutions from the health and education sectors are working together to further strengthen their partnership through an enhanced approach to medical education, teaching and research development.

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) & the Foundation Group, and the University of Warwick Medical School are planning to build on and expand the existing medical education partnership providing excellent teaching and hospital placements for medical students.

The partnership is also developing research of scale and significance over the next decade in: community and primary care, place based working and integration, artificial intelligence and its application to healthcare, digital health, and supporting clinical trials. This will be achieved by working in partnership with excellent researchers, clinicians, practitioners, and scientists.

The partnership will be underpinned by a Non-Executive Director nominated by the University to join SWFT’s Board of Directors, and a Memorandum of Understanding, which will further support the Trust’s journey to becoming a University Trust.

Mr Russell Hardy, Chair at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted we are able to build on our existing partnership in this way, which will offer long term benefits to patients, our clinical teams, students and our partners within health and social care. The appointment of a Non-Executive Director from Warwick Medical School is a sign of our commitment to this new strategic partnership.”

Professor Sudhesh Kumar OBE, Dean of the Medical School said: “Further collaboration with SWFT and the Foundation Group offers an excellent opportunity to expand university-led health and care research activity in the region, support the Medical School’s teaching requirements for the future and ultimately improve patient care. We look forward to working together to help SWFT achieve their goal of becoming a University Trust.”

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