UEL signs agreement with Royal Society for Public Health

Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:21
Posted by Scott Buckler

With the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill set to become legislation in the coming year, two organisations with a key role in driving forward the public health improvement agenda have forged a significant partnership

At a recent event in the House of Lords, The University of East London (UEL) signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). The collaboration will aim to raise the profile of the University and the RSPH among health professionals and organisations; engage colleagues from higher education in the work of the RSPH; enhance the profile of the University among public health professionals and develop joint funding bids in areas that support each organisation’s objectives.

UEL already has strong links with RSPH. A groundbreaking public health study involving the University of East London (UEL) received a prestigious award last December. The Well London Partnership was presented with a certificate by the RSPH at the 2011 Health Promotion and Community Well Being Awards. Funded through the Big Lottery Fund, Well London is an exciting £9.6m programme that has been working with local people in 20 of the most deprived boroughs across London over the past three years to transform their health through promoting mental health and well-being; improving healthy eating choices and promoting access to open spaces and increasing physical activity.

Professor Patrick McGhee, UEL’s Vice Chancellor, said: “I’m delighted UEL has entered into partnership with RSPH. Through the Well London study, we already have significant expertise in the area of public health and how this approach could play a major part in the Government’s future healthcare plans.
“With the London 2012 Games now nearly upon us, I look forward to building on that foundation and working with our new partners to help deliver a health legacy for local communities.”

Adrian Renton, Director of the Institute for Health and Human Development at UEL, said: “We are delighted that the RSPH has acknowledged our role as a leader in excellence in innovation and evaluation in health improvement.The memorandum will provide us with the opportunity to work together to develop fit for purpose training for the wider health workforce in the newly configured NHS and to also develop joint research and knowledge transfer projects around issues we feel passionately about.”

Dr Heather Davison, Development Director at the Royal Society for Public Health, said: “The Royal Society of Health (RSPH) is very pleased to be signing this Memorandum of Collaboration with the University of East London (UEL). Both our organisations have similar objectives in terms providing education, training and research that proactively builds and supports healthy communities.

“The Memorandum is particularly important given the opportunity that 2012 and the Year of the Olympics brings. Collaboratively we will work towards developing the health legacy associated with this historic ‘once in a lifetime’ event and this will form a key part of our strategic partnership.”


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