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Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s medical director visited the Hammersmith Hospital and campus on Friday 1 November. He was joined by Trust chairman, Sir Richard Sykes, chief executives Nick Cheshire and Bill Shields, and Professor Jonathan Weber, Vice Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London.

The visit included tours of the MRC-NIHR Phenome Centre andthe NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility based at the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine (ICTEM). They also visited Imanova, the world leading research centre for imaging sciences, a collaboration between the UK’S Medical Research Council and Imperial College London, Kings College london and UCL.

One of the key topics of discussion during Sir Bruce’s visit was the benefits of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), the partnership between Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The AHSC brings significant benefits to patients and populations,  as well as students and staff at both the partner organisations, allowing new discoveries and innovations to be developed and applied to patient care in the NHS and around the world.

Imperial College AHSC has submitted a full application to be re-designated as an AHSC from April 2014, and the results of the designation process are expected by the end of 2013.