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Healthcare & Life Sciences Industries

Why Partner with the UK Healthcare & Life Sciences Industries?

QUALITY

A proven reputation and guarantee of high quality goods and services to specifications.

RELIABILITY

Trusted to deliver contracts on time and as requested to detailed specifications.

SECURITY

An understanding of the value of:

  • Stable, long-term business partnerships.
  • Commercial security, vital when dealing with IP and technical equipment.
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UK healthcare system rated number 1 out of 11 European and North American countries
Source: Commonwealth Fund, 2014

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is the largest integrated health system in the world which delivers high-quality care to over one million patients every 36 hours. Partnering with the UK will enable you to access this depth of experience and help you develop care processes, commission high-tech equipment and train staff to achieve better outcomes for your patients.

A Model that Works

Since 1948, the UK’s NHS has established a successful model that has inspired and influenced governments and organisations around the world.
The UK healthcare industry is also renowned for its world-class track record for innovation, such as:

  • The discovery of the smallpox vaccine, penicillin and the structure of DNA.
  • Use of computed tomography (CT) scanners.
  • Today’s latest developments in genomics research.

Integrated Healthcare Systems

World-class and cost-effective healthcare can only be delivered through a system in which every part works to improve outcomes for patients.
Our healthcare system relies on UK expertise in areas such as funding, strategy, regulation, training, innovation and delivery which works together
to support a complete and integrated service.

World-class Medical Education and Training

The UK’s leading medical education and training programmes produce outstanding doctors, nurses, medical scientists and managers. Some of our leading institutions have established strong international collaborations. London’s Imperial College partnered with Nanyang Technological University to create the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. This school now successfully delivers a prestigious medical training course to international students.

Cancer Care

The UK provides some of the most advanced treatment and integrated care for cancer patients with access to surgeons, oncologists, geneticists, pathologists and radiologists. The UK can help you partner with leading cancer centres to develop care pathways, deploy the most advanced genomics techniques, commission high-tech equipment and train staff to the highest standard.

Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Diabetes prevention is the starting point for any health system seeking to improve health and reduce costs. In the UK, we take an integrated approach to prevention and treatment, which is delivered by the NHS and supported by a strong diabetes-specific strategic focus. NHS Trusts at leading UK hospitals such as King’s College Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare and Guy’s and St Thomas’ offer clinical consultancy and services with private companies and local partners. We can help your organisation to improve diabetes prevention and treatment including self-management programmes, schemes adaptable to local cultures and languages, and the education of multi-disciplinary teams in order to optimise resources in your healthcare system. Alongside these, we have developed sophisticated digital health solutions for diabetes, for example self-management apps, clinic management software, online training, and analytics.

A Focus on Mental Health

£34bn

Mental health represents 23% of the NHS’s work and a budget of £34bn
Source: NHS

The UK has a co-ordinated and integrated approach to delivering mental health services through the NHS, private and independent sectors. We can help your organisation to develop mental health services across the entire patient pathway, from prevention and early identification of high-risk individuals to crisis response, rehabilitation and supportive care.

Intelligent Infrastructure

Great infrastructure is the foundation of efficient healthcare. UK companies are innovation leaders in all aspects of healthcare infrastructure.
From modelling, financing and design to construction and operations. Collaborate with UK organisations and companies to deliver healthcare infrastructure
that is designed around patients’ needs to improve health outcomes and facilitate high-quality, responsive, accessible and safe services.

Pioneering Digital Health

40 million

visits per month

NHS Choices is the biggest and most visited health information website in Europe and one of the ten most visited health portals in the world.

The UK is at the forefront of transforming healthcare services by using digital solutions to prevent and manage chronic illnesses more effectively, and motivate patients to participate in their own long-term health. The UK’s digital health companies can provide your organisation with innovative, research-driven and evidence-based technology in areas such as telecare, telehealth, mHealth and eHealth.

Life Sciences

The UK has a robust life sciences industry offering a wide range of products including drugs, medical technology (medtech), diagnostics and digital tools, as well as products for consumer health.

£30.7bn

UK life science exports in 2016.
Source: ONS “UK Trade in Goods by Classification of Product by Activity: Quarter 4 2016”

A Nucleus of Innovation

The UK’s life sciences clusters are playing a key role in creating products, services and expertise with the potential to transform our lives.

The Golden Triangle

This is an internationally recognised life sciences cluster comprising Oxford, Cambridge, London, and the area between them. Some of the world’s largest research institutes – the Sanger Institute, the Francis Crick Institute and Harwell – call this area home.

With over 500 life sciences companies in the Thames Valley and over 200 biotech companies in Cambridge, The Golden Triangle is the third largest technology cluster in the world after Silicon Valley and Boston.

Across the UK, other powerful clusters of expertise include:

Take advantage of these life sciences clusters that provide you the benefits of a concentration of skills and research partners, supply-chain efficiencies and minimal travel time.

Great Strength in University-based Research

The UK has three of the top ten universities globally and also places six institutions in the top 20 for pre-clinical and clinical subjects.1

Many programmes supporting such outstanding academic foundations have contributed to the creation of some of the UK’s most successful company start-ups. An example is humanised monoclonal antibodies such as Humira from the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

1: Times Higher Education, 2017. World University Rankings 2016-2017. Available at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/ world-university-rankings/2017/world-ranking. Times Higher Education World University Rankings Overall & by subject: clinical, pre-clinical and health 2016-17 https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2017/subject-ranking/clinical-pre-clinical-health#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats

Revolutionary Initiatives

An ageing population, a growing middle-class and the growing burden of chronic diseases are some of the major challenges facing healthcare systems. One of the most important changes in healthcare will emerge with the increasing digitisation of a wide range of information ranging from patient records
to X-rays.

A pioneer in digital health, digital recruitment has already begun using Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), which has developed a unique, integrated clinical trials platform to support real world clinical studies right across the drug development pathway. 19 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies have used their data services.

In the fields of precision medicine and genomics applied to patients, the UK has defined the future of these fields through:

  • UK Biobank – Achieving substantial industry engagement, it is proving a magnet for both diagnostic and pharma companies.
  • Genomics England – Has set the global standard for healthcare genomic data in rare disease and now, increasingly, in cancer.

Commercial help and support

The UK’s Department for International Trade has commercial officers in more than 100 locations across the world. They can connect you to UK capability, and UK Export Finance who can support the purchase of UK goods and services.

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