Lancaster Health Hub (LHH) is a strategic partnership involving 10 organisations across Lancashire and Cumbria, covering 30,000 square miles of the North West of England with a population of approximately 1.9 million people. It is the first strategic partnership to be established between Lancaster University and local NHS organisations with the purpose of driving cross-sectoral collaboration for locally-led research and innovation. LHH enables partners to play a leadership role in major local and regional networks for enhancing evidence-based, high quality healthcare through research and innovation, and to support local economic growth and job creation.

The Health Hub has established a management and governance structure to ensure its smooth operation, liaison and linkage with other key structures within the partner organisations. The Management and Advisory Group comprises all Hub partners and key stakeholders within the University and other key external organizations. The LCIA Test Bed will be led by a Governance Group, which will be formed as a fully autonomous sub-committee of LHH and will ensure that developments move at pace, decisions are made swiftly and that any obstacles or problems are addressed efficiently.

The Hub has established an effective operational framework with Partners to ensure smooth implementation of key functions for the management and governance of NHS/University/Industry collaborative working. In this model, the Hub provides a focus for liaison and co-ordination of these functions as appropriate at different stages of project development by ensuring communication between designated staff within the relevant organisations. This experience and knowledge will facilitate cross-sectoral working within the LCIA, its Governance Group and Management Team.

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