What is it?

The Moray Growth Deal

The Moray Growth Deal will deliver transformational investment to drive economic growth across the region by investing over £100 million in eight strategic projects that will maximise Moray’s future economic competitiveness. The Deal provides an unrivalled opportunity to build on the existing strengths of Moray’s culture, tourism, and world-renowned manufacturing sectors, while also addressing transport and housing challenges to facilitate economic growth that’s sustainable, fair and inclusive.

The Growth Deal will also support major new developments in key sectors of health and aerospace, as well as early years education, all of which will expand Moray’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills-base to enable local people to develop the skills needed to access high quality jobs, and tackle gender imbalances in key sectors of our economy.

What is the Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre doing?
Rural Centre of Excellence

The first project to commence as part of the Moray Growth Deal is to deliver a Rural Centre of Excellence for digital health and care innovation.

DHI has worked closely with the Moray community and partners since 2018 to identify and refine the key challenges and opportunities digital health and care innovation could bring to the local region and takes into consideration our experiences over the last 18 months in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The funding programme aims to support the remobilisation of health and care services and the economic recovery of the Moray region, by investing in research and innovation activities aligned to the digital health and care agenda.

Demonstration and Simulation Environment

The programme will include the creation of a state-of-the-art, anchored, demonstration and simulation environment (DSE) and an enabling cloud infrastructure along with a spread of five co-designed Living Lab testbeds across the Moray region.

Living Labs

The Living Labs will focus on remobilisation and recovery of care services from Covid-19. The Living Labs will be open to all and focus on co-managed wellness, home first, mental health, smart housing and communities, and unscheduled care, reflecting the priorities identified through stakeholder engagement.

All Research and Development projects will be co-designed with person-centred needs at the heart of programmed activity and will deliver real-world evidence that will enable the innovations to be embedded in local services, potentially scaled to other parts of Scotland, the rest of the UK and globally.

The digital health investment will help support Moray to create a dynamic and creative digital health and care cluster enhancing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and secure the provision of sustainable public services whilst creating inclusive growth through the creation of new jobs, development of future skills and equitable access, whilst also contributing to the Net Zero ambitions of the UK.

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“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”.

Professor George Crooks OBE

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

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