Growing local economies

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The NHS has a significant role to play in developing local economies.

By aligning organisational and ICS strategies with local growth priorities, NHS organisations can open themselves up to exciting new partnerships and resources that can help achieve their aims.

Sign up to our local growth bulletin for the latest news on this key agenda.

How we can help

We are the only national body directly helping the health sector to engage with their local economic leaders – building partnerships with which to drive lasting improvements in public services for our local communities.

Our Head of Health Economic Partnerships, Michael Wood, is leading this programme, working at both national and local level. 

At a national level, he is working with government and public, private and third sector representative bodies to demonstrate and champion the NHS’s role in bringing greater regional economic prosperity and to influence future policy. 

Locally, he is directly support individual NHS organisations and STPs/ICSs to link with their local economic leaders to understand, develop and build a common agenda, potentially bringing significant external revenues and benefits in local service design and delivery.  

Find out more about how we can support you.

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Why engage in local growth plans?

Better understanding of the local growth agenda can bring the NHS several benefits, including:
  • access to significant external funding sources
  • greater influence in strategic local discussions
  • tailored workforce supply and transformation planning
  • more integrated service provision
  • quicker access to innovative healthcare solutions.
To discuss how to reach out to your local partners, please email

Influencing local economic planning

Engaging with the local growth agenda can bring the NHS several benefits. Our Head of Health Economic Partnerships is on hand to support you to make the most of this opportunity.

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The NHS and local economies

Understand the contribution NHS organisations make within their local economies.


Find your local leaders of growth

This resource is intended to help health and care leaders understand who their local leaders of growth are. It lists all Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities by their respective 44 STP geographies.

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Health and the Industrial Strategy

The government published its Industrial Strategy in November 2017, setting out a long-term plan to create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK.

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Local Growth Academy

The NHS Confederation is working with the Local Government Association, HEFCE, and Universities UK on an exciting new development called the ‘Local Growth Academy.’

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Meet the Head of Health Economic Partnerships

Discover more about the Head of Health Economic Partnerships, Michael Wood.


Local growth bulletin

Receive updates on this important agenda, straight to your inbox.

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Access a range of presentations, recordings and publications to help you influence local economic growth plans.

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Local economic growth leaders

Learn about local enterprise partnerships – business-led bodies providing local strategic economic leadership of growth – and how you can get involved. 

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