20 June 2012
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is among the founding members of a major new research collaboration launched today, which will draw on the nationally and internationally recognised expertise of partners to improve the health of nearly two million people in North West London.
Imperial College Health Partners is a limited company that brings together healthcare providers in North West London, in partnership with Imperial College London, to drive practical improvements to the quality of healthcare delivery. By co-ordinating the adoption of innovation, the partnership aims to bring benefits to the health of the local population and, through the dissemination of best practice, extend these more widely within the UK
Imperial College London is Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust’s primary academic partner. The two organisations form one of the most successful NHS and university partnerships in the UK in terms of the impact of research outputs.
Bob Bell, chief executive of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Collaboration on this scale offers a valuable opportunity to leverage the best that each constituent organisation has to offer. This Trust has a strong and established relationship with Imperial College; we jointly run two Biomedical Research Units and our published research is regularly the most highly cited in Europe for cardiac, cardiovascular, critical and respiratory care. The wider partnership may be based in North West London, but its influence will extend nationally and internationally."
Other members of the board of Imperial College Health Partners come from:
Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Ealing Hospital NHS Trust
Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Imperial College London
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
West London Mental Health NHS Trust
West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
Imperial College Health Partners is working towards designation as an Academic Health Science Network later this year. Professor the Lord Darzi, Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London and formerly Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health, developed the proposal to establish an AHSP and is appointed chairman of Imperial College Health Partners.
He said: "I am honoured to be asked by the founding institutions to be the first chairman of Imperial College Health Partners. The rationale for establishing the partnership is strong. Each partner brings unique and distinctive capabilities to the wider collaboration, and through our inclusive partnership we can make an impact on a wider population. Our shared mission is to ensure that as many patients as possible benefit from innovations in healthcare."
Imperial College Health Partners is a company limited by guarantee and was originally proposed by Lord Darzi in his report, 'Launching an Academic Health Sciences Partnership in North West London'.
Read more about the Trust's research programme and activities
 Rand Corporation Bibliometric analysis of highly cited publications of health research in England