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25th August 2020
The Deal will support Moray to create a dynamic and creative digital health and care cluster that will secure the provision of sustainable public services whilst creating inclusive growth through the creation of new jobs, future skills and equitable access.
Senior ministers from both parliaments signed the Heads of Terms agreement, which paves the way for Moray’s £100m Growth Deal to become reality.
The Heads of Terms agreement signals a combined investment in Moray of over £100 million and will herald the next stage of the Moray Growth Deal where details of the projects that it supports will be made public.
Moray Council’s lead officer for the Growth Deal, depute chief executive Rhona Gunn, said that signing of this agreement is the green light for the team working on business cases to shape the projects and ensure they deliver inclusive economic growth across the region.
Part of the investment focuses on digital health to support the increasing demands and service capacity challenges on public health services.
The Deal will support Moray to create a dynamic and creative digital health and care cluster that will secure the provision of sustainable public services whilst creating inclusive growth through the creation of new jobs, future skills and equitable access. This will include creation of an anchored demonstration and simulation environment (DSE) and dynamic co-designed Living Lab testbeds within the Moray region. Subject to approval of a full business case, the UK Government will make available up to £5 million of capital grant investment to support the programme.
Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre, said:
“The Moray Growth Deal, having digital health and care as one of its key priorities ensures that we can position Moray and Scotland at the forefront of digital health and care innovation. This will not only benefit the people of Moray and Scotland but will create opportunities for Scottish businesses to grow and develop innovative products as well as secure inward investment. DHI is very pleased to be a strategic partner in the Growth Deal”.