Regional healthcare services to move onto University campus
Release Date 18 May 2017
Key healthcare services for Berkshire will be moving to a new home on the University of Reading campus.
The formal handover of 12,000 square feet of space in the Reading Science and Technology Centre took place with heads of BHFT and the University jointly celebrating the new agreement.
The move will include the redevelopment of part of the Science and Technology centre for use by the Berkshire Healthcare during 2017, and will enable a range of academic partnerships to be co-located alongside their services. Existing partnerships between the Trust and the University include the Berkshire Memory Clinic working closely with Pharmacy academics, and the Anxiety and Depression in Young People Centre (AnDY).
Sir David Bell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading said:
“Today marks the start of a new chapter in a partnership between the University of Reading and the NHS that has already borne much fruit, and it is an honour to have colleagues from an outstanding Trust such as BHFT move important aspects of their work onto our campus.”
Julian Emms, Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Healthcare, commented:
“Moving into this building will allow us to strengthen our excellent working relationship with the University of Reading while simultaneously creating a clinical site that provides an excellent patient experience and great working conditions for our teams.”
Professor Laurie Butler, head of the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences said:
“This move is an exciting step for the University of Reading and provides a wonderful opportunity for deeper collaboration between our two organisations.
“The University of Reading has been working in collaboration with our NHS partners for many years and has already established close teaching, research and training links, which include joint clinics and the Thames Valley Clinical Trial Unit. BHFT’s move will undoubtedly help us to forge an even stronger partnership and will bring new opportunities to build on medically related research and clinical excellence”.
Image credit: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, 2017. All rights reserved.