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Official launch of the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation & Improvement

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On Thursday 22 January, the School of Management welcomed over 100 special guests to the launch of its latest research centre, the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2).

The reception was held at the magnificent surroundings of the Victoria Art Gallery and guests included several senior University staff including Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Mark Humphriss, University Secretary, Peter Wyman, University Treasurer and Member of Council and Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset, and Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management. 

A large number of local health and social care organisation were represented at the event, including NHS Trusts (Royal United Hospitals Foundation Trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership), social care organisations (Sirona Care), clinical commissioning groups (BANES CCG, Wiltshire CCG) as well as the West of England Academic Health Services Network (WEAHSN) and NIHR CLAHRC West. There were also representatives from a large number of universities, including University College London, Exeter, Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton, Brunel, and the University of the West of England.

Led by Dr Christos Vasilakis, the Centre’s overarching vision is to improve the design, delivery and organisation of health and social care services through high quality interdisciplinary research. It will study the problems and challenges facing health and social care services, in order to design solutions that improve patient outcomes and experiences, and make organisational efficiencies and cost savings.

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey said:

“We have such a ‘jewel in the crown’ in this country in our health service and we are very proud in the School of Management to be associated with this.  As our recent REF results show, we are one of the UK’s leading research-intensive business schools and we aim to have impact through everything we do.  Through our scholarship we engage business and society to influence the present and shape the future.”

Dr Christos Vasilakis, Director of the Centre said:

“Tonight’s event was a great opportunity to get people working in health and social care and academia to come together and discuss future projects. The new Centre brings together a wide range of expertise and a flexible and collaborative ethos to the choice and framing of research problems. More importantly, we want to help our collaborating health and social care organisations improve the outcomes and the experience of those using their services, and to distil any lessons learnt from the improvement process to inform practice at a national scale.”

Notes to Editors

Organisations that would like to engage with the Centre and its academics in a research or consultancy project are invited to contact Dr Vasilakis by email.

The School of Management was ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of its business and management studies research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). To find out more, see here.

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.