The Leading Locally and Engaging Globally update from the May 2018 Leadership Bulletin
Professor Alison Metcalfe
On 10 April 2018, the construction of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) officially commenced with a turf-cutting event conducted by Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman of NHS England.
The AWRC is a major investment by the NHS, funding the building of a centre with a focus on the development of interventions and technologies to increase people’s mobility and uptake of exercise with the aim of improving physical and psychological health. With an aging population and risk of increased frailty, greater obesity and associated risk of diabetes and related disease, the need to get more people increasing their activity levels has never been greater.
Drawing on the research and innovation skills of colleagues from across the University, the AWRC will be home to multidisciplinary teams that use their knowledge from healthcare and elite sport to work with members of the public, co-designing interventions and technologies to ensure their acceptability and usefulness, in addition to testing their effectiveness in achieving outcomes. The AWRC also provides an opportunity to work with industry and technology companies and the third sector. This can ensure that new developments are taken up and used, enabling them to have widespread impact.
The building should be complete by autumn 2019. In the meantime we will support the development of projects and ideas pertinent to the aim of the AWRC, giving us time to obtain funding to get the work underway, and identify external partners and collaborators. The centre is a wonderful opportunity to dramatically improve people’s health and wellbeing and if you have ideas we will welcome these. More details about how to get involved will be available in the very near future.