Healthcare leaders gear up for regional economic summit


Around 200 delegates across the West Midlands’ healthcare and life sciences landscape will be flocking to Telford in December for an annual economic summit, examining the links between health and wealth and the implications for the region of recent economic developments.

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) will be hosting its third Economic Summit, which will see healthcare industry, NHS, academic and patient representatives pack into the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel to hear how driving co-operation and productivity in healthcare can boost economic productivity, as well as increasing the employability of people across the region.

The free event will examine the opportunities available to healthcare organisations and businesses within the West Midlands, in light of the recent developments, such as Brexit, regional devolution and Sustainability and Transformation Plans. It will also investigate some of the challenges facing the sector and explore the opportunities to create better health and wealth outcomes. WMAHSN will also discuss the progress on its growth plan and metrics.

As well as presentations covering the hot topics across the life sciences sector, there will be three question time sessions. The speakers and panellists include national as well as local key opinion leaders, such as Geraldine Strathdee, former National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England, Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and Clive Winters of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, who is Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority Innovation Group.

Tony Davis, Commercial Director of the WMAHSN, said: “This event will focus on the repercussions that the West Midlands Combined Authority, the joint work on Sustainability and Transformation Plans and the decision to leave the EU will have on the regional life sciences and healthcare sector, and the potential impact that these will have as economic drivers for growth as well as improving the health and productivity of the local population.

“By attending this event, delegates will gain a greater understanding of the importance of economic impact in the healthcare sector, learn about WMAHSN mechanisms to support industry, academics and clinicians in accessing opportunities, responding to challenges and adopting innovations at scale and pace and importantly, network with others who have a stake in health provision and a say in policy and direction across the region to build on the West Midlands’ growing reputation for adopting cutting-edge technology to create wealth and improve patient care.”

To find out more and to register, go to the WMAHSN website at


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