Two awards for academic health science centre paper

9 December 2013

Quad in Autumn

Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL Department of Applied Health Research), along with colleagues at the University of Oxford and King's College London, has won 'Best Public Sector Paper' and 'Best Health Management Paper' at the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference in Hobart, Tasmania.

The award-winning academic paper, “The Creation and Survival of an Academic Health Science Organization: Counter Colonization through a New Organizational Form?”, analyses the creation and development of Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) as a major organisational innovation, spreading internationally in the health industry. This idea has become increasingly important in driving economic growth, through three prominent sectors working together: university, industry, and government.

"We are delighted to win these awards," said Professor Fulop. "This coincides with the UK Government's designation of six leading partnerships between NHS Trusts and universities as AHSCs for the next five years, including the one we studied. These partnerships will work to research new treatments and improve health education and patient care, and we hope the findings from our study will help contribute to their future development."

AHSCs will work to research new treatments and improve health education and patient care, and we hope the findings from our study will help contribute to their future development.

Professor Naomi Fulop, UCL Department of Applied Health Research

Speaking after the recent re-accreditation of UCL's AHSC, UCLPartners, Professor Sir John Tooke (UCL Vice-Provost (Health) and Academic Director of UCLPartners) said: “UCLPartners has developed an exceptional foundation from which to drive forward its AHSC strategy in the future, and to make a real step change in health and wealth. By harnessing our remarkable academic capabilities and excellent clinical services we aspire to establishing a new benchmark for what can be achieved by an AHSC.”

Co-author of the award-winning paper Dr Michael Fischer, University of Oxford, said: "Our research into the development of a major AHSC in the UK shows what can be achieved when strong professional leadership and engagement are the driving forces behind inter-organisational collaboration and change.  These awards highlight the importance of understanding how to create such world-class collaboration."

Co-author Professor Ewan Ferlie, King's College London, says: "This paper is of strong and continuing policy relevance, with the recent reaccreditation of a set of AHSCs and the designation of a new one. We hope this paper can inform their strategies for organizational development."

The awards are sponsored by the Australian College of Health Services Management, and Griffith University.

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