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Active and Healthy Ageing

Active and Healthy Ageing

Active and Healthy Ageing

A bid, led by Newcastle University and supported by the Northern Health Science Alliance, has seen the North East of England named as one of five North of England sites awarded 3* Reference Site status by the European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EPI-AHA).

Newcastle as an ageing hub

The award means that through excellent ageing research, positive partnerships and collaborations, innovation exemplars and environment, the North East of England is seen as an international reference of good practice for innovation in ageing.

All reference sites are well-known for demonstrating an innovative and comprehensive approach to healthy ageing, with concrete evidence of the impact of their work.

Newcastle University’s ability to lead this bid comes from its links to a variety outside partners and collaborators in the region, with a strong emphasis is on active and healthy ageing and innovation. Our core contributions to the bid included this commitment to translation of research on ageing, in the UK and globally, and our understanding of the opportunities for creating wealth and economic growth from global ageing.

Elements of the University activity named in the bid included:

  • The National Innovation Centre for Ageing 
  • The Newcastle University Institute for Ageing
  • The Dementia Innovation Hub
  • Voice North

as well as organisations in which the University has been a key partner such as:

  • EIT Health
  • The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and Unit
  • The North east and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network
  • Newcastle Academic Health Partners
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Innovation projects at scale

The bid also highlighted the North East’s five NHS vanguard projects:

  • Northumberland Accountable Care Organisation
  • All together better Sunderland
  • Gateshead Care Homes Project
  • North East Urgent Care Network
  • Northumbria Foundation Group

These important innovative initiatives are changing the way in which health and social care is administered and delivered in large portions of the regional as exemplars for elsewhere. Smaller projects, many of them co-ordinated or supported by the AHSN, have shown that initiatives from the North East can be adopted successfully elsewhere, making a real difference to lives.

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The future for active and healthy ageing

The awards puts us in an even stronger position to grow the collaborative approach within the North East, bringing together more formally health and care providers, government, industry and researchers, engaged in the development and adoption of innovative solutions to help improve health and care outcomes. There is a new emphasis in the Reference Sites on economic benefit, and this is an area where the North east reference site is strong, with Newcastle University to the fore.

Reference sites are expected to work with the EIP-AHA to deliver into and develop its work plan and foster the spread of innovative best practice throughout Europe. If you would like to engage more strongly with this initiative, whether as part of the projects or organisations mentioned, through your research or business activity, or in any other capacity, please get in touch via to discuss how you might participate.