- UCL (University College London), which is one of the world’s top 10 universities, and rated the best UK university for health research;
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH), the world-class children’s research hospital, which has the broadest range of paediatric specialists under one roof anywhere in the UK;
- Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which, together with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, is one of the world's leading partnerships for eye health;
- the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, whose clinical transplant unit is one of the most diverse in Europe and
- University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which together with UCL forms one of the largest partnerships for biomedical research in Europe.
"The creation of this partnership is a landmark in the history of medical research in the UK, and particularly relevant in the 60th anniversary year of the NHS. The combined skill, expertise and knowledge of our five organisations promise to deliver to patients the benefits of cutting edge research at its best as quickly as possible.
"We have chosen to concentrate on these areas of research because in all of them we are already leading the way in the UK or Europe. Our goal is to build on that reputation and become genuinely world-class in as many of those areas as possible.
"The unrivalled treatment and care provided by our partner hospitals will help preserve the UK's position as a global leader in medical research in the face of growing international competition. The power of UCL Partners will help us to attract new sources of research funding. This is a great step forward for the NHS, for London and for medical research in this country." Speaking on behalf of the NHS partners involved, Professor Sir Cyril Chantler, Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, said: "Academic Health Science Centres bring together research, education and teaching and the delivery of healthcare. Worldwide they have been shown to improve the transfer of innovation into practice, in order to improve people's health and healthcare. London needs to strive to lead in health, a world class city should settle for nothing less. UCL Partners has the capacity and potential to work together to make this happen."
The strategic development, funding and delivery of UCL Partners' services and associated research programmes will be driven by a board of directors who will oversee and coordinate these activities. Members of the board will comprise representatives of the partner organisations.
For further information, please visit the UCL Partners website at http://www.uclpartners.com.