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Memorandum of Understanding represents exciting step forward in the RCHT’s ambition to become a University Teaching Hospital

This page was last updated: June 17th, 2022

A formal agreement between Falmouth University and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust will build on a spirit of collaborative working, enabling both parties to build on existing clinical research and health education, and to nurture new opportunities for the ultimate benefit of patient care.
“Since late 2021, we have been in discussions with Falmouth University about formalising our relationship as partners,” explains Thom Lafferty, Director of Strategy and Performance for the RCHT. “The Memorandum of Understanding signifies a higher level of commitment between the two organisations to strengthen our already close relationship, and to work together to improve the care and experience of patients across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Professor Emma Hunt, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Falmouth University agreed, adding:

“I’m delighted that Falmouth University’s partnership with Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust will help forge a new era in our creative and clinical partnership. Through a multi-disciplinary approach and using our unique creative perspective to health and social care interventions, we’re pleased to play a part in future proofing local services, innovating new approaches to care and cementing our commitment to improving our competitiveness and resilience as a region.”

“The agreement with Falmouth University is great news for our hospitals,” explains Associate Clinical Professor and Consultant Nurse Frazer Underwood. “We already have a Memorandum of Understanding agreed with the University of Exeter and are currently in discussions with the University of Plymouth to progress the same. By working collaboratively, the RCHT has been able to further develop our national reputation for excellence in research, supporting our commitment to providing Brilliant Care.”

“Colleagues from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals have already engaged with partners from Falmouth University on a number of joint projects,” Frazer continues. “Particularly regarding the joint development of innovative clinical device designs. The formal agreement between our two organisations will allow us to incorporate our broader mutual objectives in areas such as sustainability, research, teaching, social value contribution, and the use of art to enhance the experience of both patients and staff. It’s hugely exciting, and in my view represents a step forward in our University Teaching Hospital credentials.”

The document was formally signed by RCHT’S Chief Executive Steve Williamson and Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Falmouth University Emma Hunt. The signing took place at this week’s Board in Public Meeting, which provided an opportunity for Frazer and University of Falmouth colleagues to showcase the great work that’s been undertaken as partners to date.

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Added on 6 May 2022, in News - General News

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