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£9m pound boost for patient care in Surrey

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£9m pound boost for patient care in Surrey

Published by Carol Musgrave at 2:03pm 11th July 2019.

Patients in Surrey are set to benefit from millions of pounds worth of funding for research into improving health and social care needs.

The £9m initiative, paid for by the government,  has been launched today by the Department of Health and Social Care - and comes into force in October 2019.

The money has been awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to establish an Applied Research Collaboration between three counties in the South East, bringing together NHS Trusts, local authorities, universities, communities and other partners. 

The funding will be made available over five years and will be boosted by an additional £5m investment from local NHS trusts, local authorities and universities.

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Applied Research Collaboration (ARCKSS) is designed to ensure the learning from research is used more quickly and systematically to improve patient care.

The collaboration will help address particular challenges in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, including:

  • High unemployment and high levels of health and social care need in some coastal towns which are amongst the most socially deprived areas in the country
  • Higher than average children in care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and young people with self-harm and emotional problems
  • A growing older population with the highest concentration of people with dementia in the UK

Sam Allen, CEO, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Working together and sharing our expertise across the NHS, local government and university sector helps us deliver high quality health and social care for people affected by mental health problems and conditions such as dementia." 

Dr Rick Fraser, Chief Medical Officer, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, described it as a "hugely exciting opportunity to build stronger research collaborations across the region that will focus specifically on improving patient care and clinical outcomes":

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