People are living longer than ever before.
However, around 15 million of us in England have a long-term health condition for which the treatment and care accounts for 70 per cent of the NHS budget.
Moreover, each of us is unique. Yet health and care services have tended to use a ‘one size fits all’ approach. This may not be ideal for the individual or cost effective for health and care services.
We want to help people live healthier lives for longer, recognising everyone is individual and that preventing ill health and providing care has to be financially sustainable.
Personalised medicine is about moving away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to the treatment and care of people with a particular condition.
It harnesses technological and medical advances to better manage people’s health.
It can identify a person’s likelihood of developing a disease.
It targets therapies that will prevent, best manage or treat a disease.
How have we helped?
We established the Leeds Centre for Personalised Medicine and Health.
It focuses on accelerating the research, evaluation and adoption of new treatments and technologies. This is helping develop a long term solution for Leeds people to benefit from an individually tailored, higher quality and more efficient approach to care.
It harnesses technological and medical advances to enable more informed decision making so that therapies can be carefully targeted for each person. That means a health condition can be prevented, managed or treated in an individual, or ‘personalised’ way specific to their needs.
And because it can identify a person’s likelihood of developing a disease, it means they can better understand and therefore care for themselves and potentially prevent it developing.
The Leeds Centre for Personalised Medicine and Health is:
- drawing together research, data, technology, innovation, and most importantly, people, to develop solutions that will help our citizens live healthier lives for longer
- aligning its research with wider approaches to personalisation, including new technologies, to address some of the greatest pressures on the UK health and care system
- at the very forefront of whole-person care at a local, regional and international level
- sparking collaborations between industry, academics, patients and health/care providers across the city and beyond
- developing and implementing robust processes to improve the pace and quality of research and implementation
- strengthening Leeds’ personalised medicine and health infrastructure and simplifying access to the whole ecosystem
- communicating our capability and success widely internally and externally
- building the reputation of all Leeds Academic Health Partnership organisations
- educating the public, patients, carers, research, care and industry workforce through the Leeds Health and Care Academy.
For further information on this project, please contact Danielle Thornton-Lee by emailing D.Thornton-Lee@leeds.ac.uk.
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