HEALTH AND CARE
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Health and Care is a bedrock and accelerating sector, with high volume activity under pressure from an ageing demographic.
Employs c. 17,000
(16% of the city employment)
GVA output of
Health Tech is significantly higher productivity (x2.5) than the city average at £112,170 GVA/FTE
The sector also includes a high value niche Health Tech sub sector employing nearly 1,000 people.
Plymouth has major NHS facilities and a presence of key international private sector companies with globally relevant products/services.
Opportunities/Challenges to address
Low awareness locally of health tech strengths to attract further inward investment and recruit staff for exciting careers
Need for new technological solutions and visible innovation ecosystem
Transparency of capital projects
Identified courses of action
Working through Skills Launchpad Plymouth create local talent pipeline
Outcome: More vacancies filled locally.
Outcome: Recruiting two x Health and Social Care Coordinators to develop a Health and Social Care Partnership with the key aim of addressing the recruitment and retention issues within this sector.
Progress Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance
Outcome: Agree and articulate health tech strengths to attract inward investment
Pursue new Health Technology Incubation Hub
Outcome: Visible, supportive eco-system to meet innovation needs and create/grow businesses
Create Register of Major Capital Projects
Outcome: Increase local procurement ultimately to protect existing jobs and create more
Successes/Results to date
NEW JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Pursuing a new biomedical testing facility in the city as part of a national network, creating 300 to 400 jobs