The Purpose

The purpose of the Tayside Medical Science Centre is to provide the focus for leadership and co-ordination of health research and education across the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside. It is a new entity which will be the vehicle for developing a shared vision and strategy across the two organisations. We believe that only with this joint strategic approach, with clear “buy in” from the top level of both organisations, will we achieve excellence in health related research from the bench to the bedside and the patient to the population. The widespread benefits of increased co-ordination will also be realised; for example, we will harmonise research governance and research support functions to facilitate administration of researchers needs; we will simplify decision making and preparation of national/international proposals and co-ordinate major initiatives with our partners I other academic units as well as research funders.

The two founding partners of the Tayside Medical Science Centre combine excellence in academia, clinical service delivery, research management and education to serve a population of 500,000. Together the partners employ 16,000 staff and have an annual turnover of £1 billion.

NHS Tayside
NHS Tayside is responsible for meeting the health needs of more than 500,000 people living in Tayside and North East Fife and provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Dundee City, Angus and Perth & Kinross and North East Fife. NHS Tayside operates a single system of healthcare delivery, overseen by Tayside NHS Board, with services provided via the Delivery Unit and three Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) in Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross.

University of Dundee
The University of Dundee is one of the UK's leading universities, internationally recognised for its expertise across a range of disciplines including science, medicine, engineering and art. In 2007, the University celebrated 40 years since it became an independent university after a 70 year relationship with the University of St. Andrews. The University has seen some major changes in that time.  The University has been consistently rated best in Scotland in the annual Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. Dundee was ranked 1st in the UK at the Research Excellence Framework Assessment 2014 (REF 2014) for Impact in Clinical Medicine. The Medical school is currently in a period of re-investment and growth offering an exciting opportunity to researchers worldwide to join the dynamic and progressive Medical School. The 2016 State of Innovation Report ranked the University of Dundee No.1 in the list of the most influential scientific research institutions to the Pharmaceutical industry worldwide.

An Established Partnership
NHS Tayside’s partnership with the University of Dundee is unusually strong and is already seen as a model for translation of evidence into practice. For example, NHS Tayside is recognised to be a beacon of excellence in patient safety and quality improvement, and has a long established relationship with the Health Foundation and the Institute of Quality Improvement. This builds upon a rich heritage of collaboration; in 1978 the NHS and the University established the Master Patient Index as “a uniform method for indexing patient records in primary and secondary care that would transform services and research, leading to a more integrated approach to health care.” This extraordinarily prescient vision has resulted in Tayside being a National Demonstrator for eHealth in Scotland and leading the Scottish Health Informatics Program funded by the Wellcome Trust in recognition of Scotland’s leadership in eHealth. Partnership in education has built on the success of the Clinical Skills Centre in simulation, inter-disciplinary training and assessment to establish the Institute for Health Skills and Education as a joint initiative between the University and NHS. Quality and Safety Improvement, e-Health and Education Research are core research themes for the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.