Strategic Partnering with Medtronic

The industry facing activities of the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside (AHSP) have been instrumental in building an innovative relationship between the University of Dundee, Tayside Health Board and Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical technology companies, and bringing them together under a Strategic Partnership Agreement.  The partnership’s ultimate aim is to promote high-quality education, training, product development and transformative patient care through project collaboration and joint strategic planning.


Importantly, the partnership provides a translational pathway to adoption for the work of University and NHS staff and ensures that collaborative discussions are informed of the challenges and opportunities facing the parties, including within the wider health care products industry.  This promotes a focus on the most important questions and dialogue centred on possible solutions.


Substantial progress has been made in taking the partnership forward, with Medtronic citing the Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation (DIHS), which combines the former Cuschieri (surgical skills) and Clinical Skills Centres within the University, as one of its four centres of excellence in training and education across Europe, the Middle East and Africa when launching Medtronic Impact – an innovative education programme focussed on individually tailored programmes designed for Health Care Professionals (HCPs) based on their specific learning needs.


"For Medtronic, developing trusted partnerships with world class institutions is an important element of our work.  I have been impressed with what Dundee has to offer and I look forward to working in partnership with them across our areas of mutual interest with a view to improve patient outcomes."

Jackie Fielding, Vice President, Medtronic UK & Ireland 


"AHSP is clearly industry facing, forward looking in the types of partnership it proposes with industry and provides an effective single point of contact for NHS and University discussions."

Mark Cook, Director, Government Affairs, Medtronic


"By partnering with world class institutions and medical societies we are able to radically transform how we design and deliver training and education”.

Mike Roby
Senior Director, Learning & Innovation, Medtronic

Medtronic is now established in the co-management, planning and promotion of DIHS with substantive ‘in-kind’ and financial investment made in support of the Institute’s development and major refurbishment.  This supports the company’s and Institute's collaborative aim to significantly increase the number of HCPs coming to Dundee to access the very best training using state of the art technology and teaching methods.  

Other ongoing and emerging developments from the partnership include collaboration with Medtronic's Research & Development facilities and a wide range of joint innovative student projects.