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Advanced Care Research Centre

  • DDI Funding: £100k
  • Timescale: Partnership agreed Jan 2020
  • Lead Hub: The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

Article by Lucia MacKenzie

In January 2020, the University of Edinburgh and Legal & General announced a major partnership to improve understanding of care in later life and to revolutionise how it is delivered.

The collaboration will establish the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), a seven-year multi-disciplinary research programme and the first of its kind in the UK.

Legal & General is the UK’s largest pension fund investor and a leading provider of retirement products. The £20m agreement marks the University’s largest industry investment to be confirmed as part of the £661m Data-

Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative, its key deliverable as a partner in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

ACRC will combine research across fields including medicine and other care professions, life sciences, engineering, informatics, data and social sciences.

The Centre will enable data-driven, personalised and affordable care that delivers independence, dignity and a high quality of life for people living in their own homes or in supported care environments.

Bruce Guthrie, Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute, has been named as ACRC director and will lead a new cohort of researchers dedicated to the field of ageing and care.

The growth in the elderly population along with the increase in complex healthcare needs, will only add to pressures on health and social care services