Your health and life sciences update

Helping you to find the funding, support and skills that will benefit you, here’s our round-up of the latest health and life sciences news from across the Liverpool City Region.

But first, a message from our Director of Innovation at Life Sciences, Dr John Dyer: “After a year when significant investment has continued to be made in both life science and health care across our city, I look forward to 2024 with optimism and excitement for our students and sharing with them the opportunities it will provide and the possibilities it will bring.”


Movie Magic is coming to Alder Hey

Alder Hey has recently announced that it is to open a specially designed in-hospital cinema next year.

Funded exclusively by the Alder Hey Children’s Charity and MediCinema, the colourful new cinema will be the only one in a solely paediatric hospital in the UK and the first in the Northwest. Accommodating beds, wheelchairs and medical equipment, specially trained volunteers will be joined by Alder Hey nurses to ensure children and young people get to enjoy the latest films for free whilst still receiving the care they need.

Fiona Ashcroft, Chief Executive at Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “This project is so exciting – the charity already funds so much at Alder Hey that helps to make a hospital stay the best it can be for our children and this new MediCinema will add a sprinkle of movie magic to a child’s journey!”


Be More with the Be More portal

The Be More website is the best place to discover health and life sciences career options in the Liverpool City Region.

On this one portal you’ll find more about skills providers, job opportunities and careers events. Upcoming highlights include a live chat with the North West Ambulance Service, volunteering positions at the Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust, as well as where to find face-to-face support for young people looking for work.


Driving innovation in the Liverpool City Region

Thirteen local projects have recently been offered grants worth nearly £2.1m as part of Innovate UK. The ground-breaking national scheme, piloted in the Liverpool City Region, is designed to drive innovation beyond the southeast of England.

Supporting the governments’ levelling up agenda, it is estimated that by realising the Liverpool City Region’s ambition to invest 5% in research and development by 2030 will create 44,000 new jobs.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “We’re using this second round of investment to our advantage by providing some of the most pioneering local projects with ambitious funding to take their business to the next level and provide secure, well-paid jobs. We might already be home to a thriving innovation economy – but I’m not content with resting on our laurels. If we want to become the UK’s next science and innovation superpower, then we need to think bigger and better than the rest.”


Check out System C

Finally, if you’re looking to specialise in health and social care technology then check out System C.

The British tech company has recently opened a brand-new office suite at Princes Dock, providing a central hub for customers and staff.  Already working with many NHS Trusts and local authorities in the region, the company is now hoping their leading location will also attract the very best in Liverpool talent.

Nick Wilson, CEO of System C, said: “With a significant customer base in the Northwest, and the Liverpool City Region in particular, we will be actively recruiting into our Liverpool office to leverage the exceptional digital talent that is now accessible to us.”









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