South York­shire health cen­tres to see thou­sands of jobs

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SH­EFFIELD’S OLYMPIC Legacy Park has un­veiled plans to cre­ate thou­sands of jobs with two new health­care re­search and in­no­va­tion cen­tres on its site.

The Cen­tre for Child Health Tech­nol­ogy (CCHT) is be­ing led by Sh­effield Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. It will see ex­perts from the NHS, pri­vate sec­tor and academia de­vel­op­ing cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy for the ben­e­fit of chil­dren and young peo­ple.

Plans for re­search and in­no­va­tion cover long-term con­di­tions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, neu­rodis­abil­ity and men­tal health dis­or­ders that af­fect mil­lions of chil­dren.

Mean­while, the Or­thopaedic and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Re­search and In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (ORRIC) is led by Sh­effield Teach­ing Hospi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust and will pro­mote sim­i­lar col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search to ad­dress some of the most com­mon yet de­bil­i­tat­ing mus­cu­loskele­tal in­juries and con­di­tions such as those af­fect­ing the spine, hips and el­bows.

They would be close to the Ad­vanced Well­be­ing Re­search Cen­tre un­der­pinned by the po­ten­tial for strong pub­lic-pri­vate sec­tor part­ner­ships to im­prove pub­lic health ser­vices and to re­duce NHS costs.

It is es­ti­mated that these in­vest­ments on the Sh­effield Olympic Legacy Park – de­signed to de­liver im­prove­ments in pub­lic health as a tan­gi­ble legacy of the Lon­don 2012 Olympic Games – will cre­ate the equiv­a­lent of 3,465 full-time jobs by 2027, in­clud­ing 348 pro­fes­sional roles. Up to 1,340 con­struc­tion-re­lated jobs are en­vis­aged.

It is fur­ther pre­dicted that each £1 of pub­lic in­vest­ment will gen­er­ate around £14.50 to­wards the econ­omy by 2042.

Richard Caborn, project lead of Sh­effield OLP, has writ­ten to the Sec­re­tary of State for BEIS and Health along with the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer re­quest­ing con­sid­er­a­tion for these two projects to be in­cluded in the Gov­ern­ments In­dus­trial Strat­egy and Life Sciences In­dus­trial Strat­egy.

Mr Caborn, a for­mer Sh­effield MP and Sports Min­is­ter, said: “These two cen­tres are the lat­est ev­i­dence of Sh­effield tak­ing a world lead­ing role in tack­ling a range of health is­sues and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to live health­ier and more ful­filled lives.

“Not only will they en­sure a firm and last­ing legacy from the 2012 Lon­don Olympics, but to­gether they will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the ob­jec­tives out­lined in a num­ber of key Govern­ment and NHS health and busi­ness strate­gies.”

RICHARD CABORN:

‘These two cen­tres are ev­i­dence of Sh­effield tak­ing a world lead­ing role.’

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