Matching health with growth: How European Structural and Investment Funds can support local health economies

Briefing document from the NHS confedertaion :

This briefing outlines the background to the new round of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), including what the funds support, the main opportunities for the NHS in England and how to access the funding.

Key points set out by the NHS Confederation :

– European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) support a wide range of economic and social development projects – particularly around research, development and innovation; skills and employment; andsocial inclusion

– The new EU funding round is about to be launched and offers significant opportunities for NHS organisations, including regional bodies such as academic health science networks, local education and training boards and health and wellbeing boards

– The 39 local enterprise partnershipsin England have led the design of local investment strategies to utilise this EU funding. In doing so, they have worked in partnership with a range of local stakeholders.

– They  strongly encourage local NHS bodies to build and maintain relationships with their local enterprise partnerships and to seek to influence ESIF spending priorities in areas of mutual interest.

– The two parts of ESIF most relevant to the NHS are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF), collectively worth around €6bn acrossthe seven-year programme.

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