£10M for sports medicine Centre of Excellence in the East Midlands

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University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust join Loughborough University to play key role in new centre
£10M for sports medicine Centre of Excellence in the East Midlands

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley making his announcement at Loughborough University.

Issued by University of Leicester on 9 January 2012

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today announced £10 million funding for the East Midlands to develop one of three hubs, which together will form the country’s first ever National Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.

The Centre, which will be made up of three network partners, will promote sport and exercise medicine across the country.  The Health Secretary made the announcement today while visiting Loughborough University, one of the network partners.

The Centre will help more people to be more active, treat injuries caused by exercise and conditions associated with lack of exercise.  This will mean people who are injured return to physical health and work quickly.  It will also help people use the benefits of physical activity to cope with existing medical conditions, such as diabetes.

Professor Nigel Brunskill, Professor of Renal Medicine and Deputy Head of the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester, said: “This national centre for sports and exercise medicine forms part of the UK's commitment to Olympic legacy projects.

“The University of Leicester is a key stakeholder in the centre and University researchers will be able to use the facilities provided at the centre, and collaborate productively with other researchers from other stakeholder organisations, including the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

"I am delighted and honoured to be associated with this project which will solidify the future legacy of the 2012 olympics by establishing a critical mass for research into 'exercise as medicine', increasing public awareness and improving the health of patients with chronic diseases".

Professor Brunskill, who is also a consultant at Leicester’s Hospitals, added that local patients may be recruited into clinical trials run through the centre. There will also be possibilities for new undergraduate teaching modules and opportunities for post-graduate study at MSc and PhD level.

Professor Brunskill added: “The concept of 'exercise as medicine' is a national priority area -  the idea that exercise may be helpful for all patients with chronic diseases. Research will range from investigation of cellular mechanisms through clinical trials, to studies of service delivery in the community.”

Professor Mike Morgan from Leicester’s Hospitals, who is an honorary Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Leicester, said:  “We are proud to be a part of National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine. We will be able to help develop specialist clinical sports medicine services and promote research and education into the important expanding role that exercise has in the management of common long term conditions.”

The establishment of the Centre will also fulfil one of the Government’s key 2012 Games bid commitments and will be a lasting legacy of the Games.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

“Hosting the Olympics is a once in a life-time opportunity for Britain and it provides a great opportunity for the NHS too.

“I am pleased to commit £30 million funding for the first ever National Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence for England - £10 million of which will go to the East Midlands. This will not only help get more people active but it will keep them active too.

“The Centre will share research findings and best practice with the entire NHS so that the whole country benefits.  This will ensure we achieve a real Olympic legacy in the health service.”

Notes to editors

1.      For further media enquiries please call the Department of Health Newsdesk on 020 7210 5221.

2.      The network partners in London are University College London and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

3.      The network partners in Sheffield are Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallum University.

4.      The network partners in the East Midlands are Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester, Nottingham University NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

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