A new company has been set up to promote the fast growing Centre for Health Science in Inverness.
The first phase of the centre was officially opened last January and comprises a nurse and midwifery training centre, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), a new library for the Highland health care workforce and facilities for healthcare meetings and conferences. The second phase, due to be completed this summer, will provide a new clinical skills centre, a dental institute, a centre for rural health and a bio-med incubator space. The third phase, scheduled to open in March 2008, will host a unique diabetes institute with two professors of diabetes leading 50 scientists.
To co-ordinate all the tenants’ requirements and to assist them to achieve their objectives, a small team headed by project director Gillian Galloway, has been appointed. They will be assisted in planning for further developments by a board of directors representing the centre’s three founding partners – Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) the UHI Millennium Institute and the University of Aberdeen.
Company directors include Professor Alasdair Munro (chair), James Fraser, UHI Secretary and deputy principal and Professor Lewis Ritchie, general practice head of department, University of Aberdeen.
Ms Galloway explained: “The Centre for Health Science will be playing an important role in the whole health sector of the Highlands and Islands – in training, in research, innovation, development and in service delivery. Our team will further develop the whole concept of the centre.”
While the idea for the