All three NHS Lanarkshire acute hospitals have been awarded university status.
Thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between NHS Lanarkshire, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS); the hospitals are now University Hospital Hairmyres, University Hospital Monklands, and University Hospital Wishaw.
This is a significant step towards our vision of creating a culture of academic excellence in NHS Lanarkshire.
University status will help deliver new and improved ways of working and will bring major benefits for patients and healthcare students alike. In addition, our staff will get the opportunity to work alongside world-leading academics to tackle key health challenges facing people in Lanarkshire.
GCU’s School of Health and Life Sciences is in the top 20 universities in the UK for allied health research. Its research contribution in areas including healthy ageing, long-term health conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and diabetes; HIV and sexual health; and substance use and misuse, is recognised as world-leading and internationally excellent.
UWS, which has the largest School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery in Scotland, has recently entered into a Strategic Partnership Agreement with NHS Lanarkshire. It is officially recognised in the top 3% of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings.
This partnership underlines our strong commitment to research and development in Lanarkshire. Our vision is to put NHS Lanarkshire on the map as an academic centre where our health professionals have the opportunity to learn, develop, research, and teach as their career progresses.