Anglia Ruskin University has been awarded European Regional Development Fund monies to stimulate and support SME innovation in the East of England, focussing on the NHS supply chain and low carbon.
Catherine worked with the university's Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) to design a series of knowledge transfer workshops for participating organisations, running from Autumn 2013 to Spring 2015. These are exploring how SMEs can meet the expectations of the NHS, with respect to carbon reduction, and also stimulate the market for low carbon products and services in health. They are also considering how SME innovation can improve the efficiency and sustainability of the NHS through quality improvement.
Further expertise to deliver the programme is drawn from the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) and Lord Ashcroft Business School (LAIBS). Additionally, partner organisations at national and regional level will be active contributors to the programme, including the Sustainable Development Unit for health, public health and social care (SDU), Essex County Council, NHS Trusts across the East of England, and UCL Partners Academic Health Science Network.