Nuffield Health to build £50m Manchester hospital

NUFFIELD Health is to build a £50m private hospital at Manchester Metropolitan University’s former Elizabeth Gaskell campus in Manchester.

The decision to build a new facility close to St Mary’s and the Manchester Royal Infirmary, is part of wider tie-up that will involve Nuffield and the MMU collaborating on research and development and staff training.

The university is vacating the campus on Hathersage Road to move to the new £140m Birley Fields campus in Hulme which will officially open in October.

Nuffield is buying the five-acre site which currently has six buildings occupied by the university’s faculty of health, psychology and social care. The site will be cleared to make way for the facility, described as a tertiary hospital, meaning it will handle referrals for specialist treatment and surgery.

The partnership with MMU will include: The creation of a new university chair in Wellbeing with funding to support research public health and health promotion; work placements for undergraduates; postgraduate research support for physiotherapy and wellbeing; help unlocking other funding sources for joint projects; developing Masters and continuing professional development programmes.

University vice-chancellor Professor John Brooks said: “I am delighted that Nuffield Health has chosen this university as a strategic partner and will sponsor a chair in Wellbeing. I am confident that the paMMU John Brooks with Nuffield David Mobbs rtnership will play to the strengths of both parties and will evolve to make a significant contribution to the policy framework for health and well-being in the UK.”

Nuffield’s group chief executive David Mobbs said: “We are very much looking forward to the collaboration with the university a partnership which we believe will serve as a springboard to significantly improve the region’s healthcare provision and make a lasting contribution to the economy and the general wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in the North West.”

Jennifer Lewis, associate at the Manchester office of law firm Mills & Reeve, advised MMU on the sale of the Elizabeth Gaskell site.

Pictured: John Brooks, left, with David Mobbs