The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and the University of Glasgow have formed a strategic partnership that will see the two organisations collaborate in order to address key healthcare challenges.
The partnership will focus on improving health and wellbeing along with wider community and economic benefits for the population of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond. It also means that SAS will officially become a university NHS Board.
They will be focusing on key areas including research and development, education and improvements in the larger community. Innovation in healthcare is a fundamental goal for the partnership, to be achieved through coordination with projects such as the University of Glasgow’s Living Laboratory for Precision Medicine supported by UKRI Strength in Places Funding.
The University of Glasgow and the SAS will also look to develop collaborative research programmes which will include opportunities for post-graduate research and education, along with working with young people in Glasgow’s communities. The University of Glasgow’s research teams are to work alongside SAS colleagues to find solutions with the aim of improving patient healthcare and wellbeing across the country.
The partnership has been signed ahead of a proposed development of a sustainable ambulance station in the heart of Govan, to further expand the SAS’s health programme in the area.
Professor Jill Pell, Deputy Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow, said: “This partnership will be key to our research and development goals in healthcare innovation, translating cutting-edge science into a real-world clinical setting for the benefit of patients and the NHS. Working together with our sector-leading Living Laboratory for Precision Medicine, as well as our wider world-changing research teams, we are proud that this partnership will be able to deliver healthcare, economic and community benefits.”