The Memorandum of Understanding signed between the University
and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust will enable
collaborative research and innovation, as well as staff development
and student placement opportunities.
Sue Jacques, Professor Jane Turner OBE DL, Linda Nelson,
Jeremy Cundall, Dr James Limb, Professor Simon Hodgson, Marion
It formalises the commitment of the two organisations to work
together and combine their expertise to enhance the quality of both
healthcare and education.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at Teesside
University by Professor Jane Turner OBE DL, Pro Vice-Chancellor
(Enterprise and Business Engagement) and Sue Jacques, Chief
Executive of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
The agreement includes a wide range of objectives, including
working together on research and innovation projects, developing
and improving healthcare workforce educational training, enhanced
student placements to specifically address skill shortage areas and
the development of new technologies and services.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the
largest integrated organisations in the country, providing hospital
and community services to a population of over 650,000 people. It
is an ambitious and innovative organisation with a 7,000-strong
workforce which provides hospital services from two acute sites -
Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North
Durham, plus Bishop Auckland Hospital and five community hospitals.
The Trust also works closely with its health partners across the
region to deliver the best possible care for patients.
Teesside University's School of Health & Social Care
delivers a range of courses which meet today's health and social
care needs. It promotes evidence-based practice, giving students
and graduates the most up to date knowledge and skills to deliver
care. Research within the School focusses on rehabilitation and
exercise sciences and public health and interdisciplinary work is
carried out across the University and in partnership with external
bodies and groups.
"This formal relationship reinforces the shared
ambition of both organisations to improve the health and wellbeing
of people in the region."
Professor Jane Turner OBE DL
Professor Turner said: 'This formal relationship reinforces the
shared ambition of both organisations to improve the health and
wellbeing of people in the region through research, knowledge
exchange, workforce development and student placements.
'We have an outstanding reputation in terms of health and social
care and this Memorandum of Understanding puts a discipline and
structure in place to build on the fantastic work which is already
Sue Jacques added: 'We have been working together with Teesside
University for a number of years, but by formalising our
relationship, we are providing a platform to drive forward
improvements and opportunities in healthcare and will work closely
to support game-changing ideas.
'Teesside is an outstanding university with a great reputation.
It is at the forefront of innovation and creative thinking and we
are looking forward to working with staff and students to enhance
research, training and education for healthcare in the region.'
Marion Grieves, Dean of Teesside University's School of Health
& Social Care, said: 'This formal Memorandum of Understanding
strengthens what is already a successful working partnership.
'The increased collaboration will have a positive impact on
health care provision in the North East and provide a wide range of
opportunities for students and staff.'
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham