Health is Wealth Special:
LHP Barometer Newsletter Issue 3
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Rosalind Way pictured at LHP's Health is Wealth Conference

Welcome to our newsletter for March/April. Last month our second Health is Wealth conference took place and, yet again, it proved an excellent opportunity for us, and our stakeholders, to demonstrate our collaborations and achievements in research and innovation, education, and service delivery. It was also fantastic to receive input from those outside of our region, including some very high profile individuals, who provided great insight and inspiration.  The Health is Wealth audience consisted of many from our own region but also a large amount from further afield therefore creating the right environment for sharing knowledge as well as expanding opportunities to develop new collaborations. We hope that this event will again prove a catalyst to drive our agendas forward and for our research excellence to flourish.


Now that we have had time to reflect on the event it is timely to share with you the conference feedback, outputs and next steps, and we have highlighted some of these within this edition including comments from some of our high-profile speakers. Another focus in this issue is the progress we are making against our research priorities and I am particularly delighted to share with you the developments the Liverpool Alcohol Research Alliance (LARA) is making through the work of Dr Andrew Thompson and colleagues. Every year we have over a million UK hospital admissions related to alcohol yet there is little research funding, few new therapies, and a growing burden on the health of our local population. Having read Andrew’s interview I am left in no doubt that our investment in this research field is paying dividends and the Liverpool City Region will be in a position to lead the UK in improving healthcare and research investment in this area.

One of the points raised at conference, and also in our post conference survey, was to question whether or not there is enough focus on mental health research in our region. In this edition, we have asked Dr Cecil Kullu, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director for Research, Development and Innovation at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, to discuss the research taking place across mental health and how we hope to continue developing this important theme across LHP.


Finally, we are delighted that the University of Liverpool’s independent report from the Review of Clinical Research, produced by two external reviewers, has been delivered and shared widely. Our NHS Partners contributed significantly to this process and we are encouraged to see the focus upon supporting clinical themes that are so important not only to our specialty trusts and clinical excellence but also to our population needs. The importance of the role of LHP was highlighted in the report’s recommendations and we will be developing our new strategy and research priorities in the coming months, which I look forward to sharing with you all.

I hope that you continue to find this newsletter valuable and do please circulate to colleagues.

In addition, for anyone that could not attend Health is Wealth 2017, speaker presentations, films and other supporting information may be available, subject to speaker consent. Please contact our communications lead

Rosalind Way, Director of Operations
Liverpool Health Partners


LHP's interview with LARA driving force Dr. Andrew Thompson
Dr, Andrew Thompson at the Health is Wealth Conference shortly before his exclusive interview with Barometer

The Liverpool Alcohol Research Alliance (LARA) is a multi-disciplinary group established to foster closer working links between alcohol-related researchers in Liverpool City Region. It is funded by Liverpool Health Partners.  

At Health is Wealth we heard from Dr Mary Baker MBE who commented: "I applaud this initiative by Liverpool Health Partners to bring together 'town and gown' to work towards a better understanding and management of the damage over consumption of alcohol can do. The work of LARA and the proposed Institute for Alcohol Research are significant steps that will create health and wealth for tomorrow's society."

Following on from the conference Barometer took some time to speak to Dr. Andrew Thompson, one of the driving forces behind LARA. Please read his interview here:


Dr Cecil Kullu's message on Mental Health as he applauds Conference
Dr Cecil Kullu has congratulated LHP for their Health is Wealth Conference

Dr Cecil Kullu, Associate Medical Director, Research, Development and Innovation at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust tells us his thoughts on the Conference and the success of partnerships for mental health.


"This second Health is Wealth Conference in Liverpool was a great way to bring people and organisations together to discuss ways to improve health outcomes for the people of Liverpool. The success of partnerships for mental health was articulated very well by Professor Sir Robert Lecher in his and their endeavours as Kings Health Partners with South London and Maudsley Hospitals."

Professor Jane Dacre's delight at Conference support for RCP in the North
Professor Jane Dacre, elected President of the RCP

Professor Jane Dacre, elected President of the RCP spoke to Barometer after her presentation at the Health is Wealth Conference, expressing her delight at RCP's support in the North.

"Partnership is key to the work of physicians – with patients and colleagues daily in providing great patient care, and in innovating and researching new medicines and treatments. As the president of the Royal College of Physicians, my role includes developing partnerships that will support our work."

NHSA founder Dr. Hakim Yadi commends Health is Wealth
Dr. Hakim Yadi, founding CEO of the NHSA

Dr Hakim Yadi, founding CEO of the NHSA commended Health is Wealth highlighting in his feedback the need to address the life-gap across the UK.

"The Health is Wealth event’s mixture of attendees, panellists and speakers,
which included senior strategists as well as frontline practitioners,
brought together some of the brightest thinkers and doers around health
innovation in the UK."

Vision leader Max Steinberg points to opportunities post-Conference
Max Steinberg addressing the audience at the Health is Wealth Conference

Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, the Mayor of Liverpool's economic development company, was in high praise of the opportunities presented by Health is Wealth as he told Barometer.

"Liverpool seeks to be a world-class city region in health, from developing new technologies to fighting disease and creating facilities that will improve the health of its people."

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New centre to address antimicrobial drug development challenge

Professor William Hope who will lead the new centre

A state-of-the-art research centre to help accelerate the development of new antibiotics is set to be established by the University of Liverpool.


The University has been awarded £630,000 of infrastructure funding by Innovate UK to create the Centre for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics (CAP) in partnership with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and North Bristol NHS Trust.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem worldwide, and with few new drugs making it to the market, there is an urgent need for new drug treatments to manage infections caused by resistant pathogens.

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