A £10m fund has been set up to launch health innovation and education ‘clusters’.
These will bring together organisations from across the NHS, higher education, industry and the charitable organisations to improve the knowledge and skills of NHS staff. The Department of Health hopes the clusters will provide best practice education and training for nurses and other clinicians.
Health minister Lord Darzi said: ‘[These clusters] are special partnerships that draw on the wealth of skills and experience of their members to improve the development of high-quality care and services by quickly bringing the benefits of research and innovation directly to patients.
‘These projects will attract and encourage the best talent who can recognise and rapidly adopt new and innovative healthcare and treatment.’
Dr Moira Livingston, strategic head of workforce and acting postgraduate dean of North East strategic health authority, said the clusters would ‘help to drive up quality standards in education and training.’