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Anglia Ruskin University becomes latest member of Cambridge University Health Partners





Anglia Ruskin University has become the latest member of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP).

The mission of CUHP is to improve healthcare through collaboration between the NHS, industry and academia, and ARU joins Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge as a member.

Anglia Ruskin University’s nursing school when it was turned blue for the Clap for Carers initiative. Picture: Crane Events
Anglia Ruskin University’s nursing school when it was turned blue for the Clap for Carers initiative. Picture: Crane Events

ARU will help to shape and deliver the vision for life sciences in the region, taking alead on work to identify skills and talent needs and how these will be delivered for the ecosystem.

Prof Yvonne Barnett, deputy vice chancellor (research and innovation) at ARU, said: "We are delighted to be joining CUHP, further cementing our commitment and contribution to skills and talent development and research in health, performance and wellbeing that will have a real impact on people's lives."

Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter, executive director of CUHP, said: “I’m incredibly pleased the university will be joining as a member, helping us to deliver our ‘Vision for Life Sciences’ and make a difference across the region and beyond. They are already helping us develop our links and increase our impact across the area, by opening a facility for clinical research in Peterborough and through their presence in Essex.”

Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter, executive director at Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Picture: Keith Heppell
Dr Kristin-Anne Rutter, executive director at Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Picture: Keith Heppell

Prof Patrick Maxwell, regius professor of medicine at the University of Cambridge, said: “Anglia Ruskin University has a fantastic reputation. It already works closely with the current partners and brings complementary programmes and reach that will help strengthen our collective ability to improve lives locally and globally.”

More than 3,500 students at ARU study nursing, midwifery and allied health courses across its campuses, and it also trains clinical scientists and lab technicians. ARU runs several large apprenticeship schemes and has a long-standing association with Cambridge University Hospitals and Royal Papworth Hospital on work-based learning initiatives helping to meet their workforce needs. In particular, it supplies a high number of nursing apprenticeships.

It also hosts the national NHSE-sponsored clinical entrepreneur programme and has an award-winning Institute for Music Therapy Research.

Membership will help bring strategic planning and oversight to the relationship and the organisations said it would bring “new opportunities at a systemic level” and the chance to apply shared expertise to improving patient outcomes.



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