West Midlands Mayor Andy Street recently opened two new research and education facilities in Birmingham.
Over £2 million has been invested in the Salts Academy, a training ground for healthcare professionals and the Central Skin Sciences Institute, an independent skin research centre.
The Salts Academy, founded in 2012, is a dedicated institution, offering training courses up to and including Masters level for healthcare professionals specializing in ostomy care. Funding was used to add an amphitheater, library and clinical skills rooms for specialist nurses to visit.
The Central Skin Sciences Institute (CSSI) is a new purpose-built facility that will generate scientific data through research and testing to advance knowledge in the field of skin health and skin adhesives.
Through these centers, healthcare professionals will be able to gain new knowledge and knowledge about the health of the skin of people living with an ostomy.
Commenting on the twin launch, Andy Street said: “The West Midlands is at the heart of the UK life sciences sector and so I am delighted to help officially open these two impressive sites. Salts’ continued investment in R&D, training and education is helping to develop the life sciences industry here, in the West Midlands and beyond, and ultimately helping to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients around the world.
“Salts Healthcare has been at the forefront of manufacturing healthcare products for over 300 years, right here in the heart of Birmingham. After seeing Salts Academy and the Central Skin Sciences Institute in action, I have no doubt that the company will make a positive contribution to people’s health, the life sciences industry and the local economy for the hundreds of ‘years to come.
Salts Academy has partnered with De Montfort University for ten years, and more recently with the City University of Birmingham, providing education in ostomy care to healthcare professionals and other healthcare workers under the form of workshops, study days and courses leading to bachelor’s and master’s level qualifications.
Angie Perrin, Clinical Education Manager at Salts Academy, said: “This new location means we can expand our education services for nurses who, in turn, will help to help patients. The specialist facilities will create the ideal platform for educators to connect with students and practitioners and deliver high quality, evidence-based care education.
Mireille Hamson, Head of Clinical Research at CSSI, said: “We believe that the Central Institute for Skin Sciences will combine skin health research, reliable and innovative testing methods and clinical expertise to generate both questions and finding answers that can make a real difference. .”
“Our clinical investigations will generate robust skin health data and insights that will support the research and development of new adhesive technology for medical devices and ultimately change people’s lives.”
Founded in 1701, Aston-based Salts Healthcare designs and manufactures products for people living with an ostomy. A family business, two brothers Peter and Robert Salt are the tenth generation of the Salt family to be at the helm.
Robert Salt, Managing Director, said, “I’m so proud of this initiative and the wonderful team that not only delivered but exceeded what I hoped would be possible. The thought, the attention to detail, the care they put into creating the place, I can only thank and applaud.