Our voice of business this month is:
Edward Macfarlane, Director of Property Services, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
The health and well-being of the residents of Buckinghamshire is our top priority. To achieve the best outcomes for all it is crucial that public sector bodies, the voluntary sector and healthcare providers work closely together at a strategic and operational level, ensuring that the public have the opportunity to be involved and shape plans for the future.
The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in Buckinghamshire is very active in bringing together all the elements of the future provider economy into the strategy and deliverables for the prosperity of the county.
We work very closely with Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, One Public Estate, Clinical Commissioning Groups and other key bodies, to drive strategic solutions and deliver operational capability at a macro and micro level.
We have had comprehensive meetings and development workshops in order to drive a focused and coordinated strategy across the county. The very exciting Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone and the Aylesbury Woodlands site will be a key part of this development and we look forward to working in partnership with the BTVLEP to deliver excellent services, marry capacity to existing services and to achieving growth in the healthcare sector as a result of this important scheme.
Aylesbury Woodlands is a direct extension of the excellent working relationships and joint strategic focus demonstrated between Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and BTVLEP. The joint approach of all our teams ensures cohesive system-wide solutions and new initiatives.
Joint working has developed innovative solutions including investment in new technology, solutions and initiatives at a LEP and healthcare level, combining opportunities for joint funded innovation projects focused on delivering greater growth in the region through new ideas, best practice, technology and partnership. For example, the £1.3m Buckinghamshire Life Sciences Innovation Centre which supports the development of innovative products for people to better manage their health and wellbeing including medical devices, digital apps, virtual reality, 3D printing and robotics.
The Innovation Centre offers a unique opportunity for innovators to work alongside health and social care to develop new products and services that improve the quality of life of our patients, and which have the potential for regional, national and global impact.
We are proud of our partnership with BTVLEP and look forward to further positive collaboration in the future.
For more information on Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust please visit: www.buckshealthcare.nhs.uk.