£10m boost for elderly patients

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Elderly patients will be among those to benefit from improved health services after researchers in Sheffield were given a £10 million boost.

Innovative projects to improve the diagnosis of problems in older people - as well as improving services for those with long term health conditions such as diabetes and stroke – are to go ahead in the research programme.

Pilot projects have included an ‘intelligent shoe’ which helps stroke survivors learn to walk again.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is hosting the project.

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive of the trust, said: “We’re enormously proud to be hosting this new collaboration which will play a key role in improving the lives of people suffering with long-term conditions.”

The National Institute for Health Research awarded the £10m grant to the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber - a pilot programme turning research into medical practice.

Tackling growing health inequalities across the country will also be a focus of the research and another £14m in funding is to come from partner organisations involved with the scheme.

Professor Sue Mawson, collaboration director, added: “This is a significant investment which will enable us to address some of the huge health challenges we face across our region.”

Health minister Lord Howe said: “This is great news for patients – this funding could potentially help the development of groundbreaking treatments which could revolutionise care.”