Report launched on boosting the economy through health innovation

Health and Social Care is a significant driver for innovation and growth in Northern Ireland, a major new report has found. ‘The Economy and Jobs Initiative Task and Finish Group’ report was launched on Wednesday evening by Health Minister Edwin Poots and Economy Minister Arlene Foster.

The Economy and Jobs Initiative Task and Finish Group was established to identify opportunities to support economic development through the HSC sector in Northern Ireland. The Group was chaired by Brian O’Connor, Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance and has seven other members.

The Group held a series of meetings with representatives from the HSC including the five Trusts and the business and academic sectors. It also held a workshop with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the emerging proposals.

The final report makes seven recommendations which include: creating a new overarching Health and Life Sciences Strategy to increase levels of innovation and collaboration with Health and Life Sciences private sector and academia; establish a Health Innovation Life Sciences (HILS) Hub to coordinate and drive individual projects and programmes; and establishing a resource dedicated to international collaboration, to build key relationships and identify new funding streams exploring a more novel approach to managing risk.

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About Toni Bunting

Toni joined Ireland’s longest established telecare company, TASK Community Care in 2009, and is responsible for operations and business development in its Northern Ireland division. Having originally planned for a career in the legal profession, she gained her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2004, and subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law of England and Wales. Toni also holds a Master’s Degree in Management & Corporate Governance and has carried out various legal research/publications work for the Law Centre (NI) on a voluntary basis, with a focus on Community Care Law.
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