New institute to address key challenges facing health and social care

Our Chief Executive, Stephen Eames, was the guest of honour at York St John University’s official launch of its new Institute for Health and Care Improvement (IHCI).

The Institute aims to “find solutions for the pressing issues facing health and social care today”, drawing on expertise from across the University, working in close collaboration with partners and participants in the community.

In his keynote speech to York St John University staff and students, NHS colleagues, civic leaders, health and social care partners and charities, Stephen picked up on some of the challenges currently facing the NHS and wider health and care system.

He also spoke about the role the university’s IHCI could play in IRIS.

IRIS is the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership’s Innovation, Research and Improvement System, launched just a few weeks ago.

Stephen said it was his wish for the university’s new Institute “to play a leading role in IRIS”.

He added: “The essence of IRIS is about creating a structure and culture that allows innovation, research, and improvement to become core business – and at the same time giving academia and industry new opportunities to pursue and share research.

“We’re just at the beginning of this journey, but we want IRIS to be the front door into, and out of, our health and care system, the doorway that connects academics and universities with those health and care partners who are best placed to implement new ideas, or new technology.

“IRIS will be a broker for connections and collaborations, a vehicle for system transformation. It will set the mood music for innovation, research and improvement to flourish within health and care.”

Read more about the launch of York St John University’s new Institute for Health and Care Improvement on the York St John University website.