About SEED

SEED is an evolving partnership of health, care, academic and voluntary sector organisations collaborating to improve the social, economic and environmental determinants of health in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The aims are to reduce health inequalities; increase productivity through improved health; and support organisations to improve health and wellbeing.

Partners are working together to:

  • Speed up the adoption of research and innovation, by combining academic capabilities in education and research with the health and care system
  • Co-ordinate collective bids to funding streams and research grant providers
  • Attract more inward investment and the best people
  • Improve productivity, skills, jobs , economic growth and ultimately health and wellbeing

The founding SEED partners are the four universities - University of Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Edge Hill and Lancaster - working with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System in its widest sense with all the providers from health, education, business and voluntary, community and faith sectors.

SEED is a hub and spoke model, co-ordinated by the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, working flexibly together and reacting to challenges and opportunities.


Five year goals

  1. To increase funding allocations and quality research output by improving engagement between education, health and communities with the aim of increasing research and innovation funding by 20 per cent
  2. By improving health we aim to increase regional economic productivity by £700m per year
  3. By working collaboratively with education partners, SEED will increase workforce recruitment and retention in the health and care sector by 10 per cent in 10 years


Learning from COVID-19

A Lancashire and South Cumbria research project co-ordinated by the SEED Health Alliance will uncover COVID learning from across the area’s health system so that we can better address future waves of COVID, recover better and recover stronger.


Key questions to address to capture success

The plan is to follow a three-step process to capture good practice.

1 Identify lessons learned: What are the new opportunities seen during COVID? What are the lessons/learning that we should or could take forward to sustain progress?

2 Understand enablers of success: What were the human factors, change in mind sets, ethics, and cultural conditions that helped to accelerate change?

3 Futureproof: What thinking or lessons can keep us on the front foot during our post-COVID recovery process and future state? How can we provide a positive challenge to new ideas?

Initial focus

  • Finding the system learning around behaviours and mind-sets; how people have worked together across organisational boundaries
  • How we can improve integration and resilience across our system
  • What opportunities and innovation seem useful and sustainable
  • Longer term thinking about shifting focus away from hospitals
  • What partners can learn for future service planning and a stronger recovery

If you would like to participate, please email


SEED Health Alliance – the case for change

Around 1.8 million people live in Lancashire and South Cumbria. They are less healthy and live shorter lives than almost every other part of the country.

Nearly one third of people live in some of the most deprived areas of England. In some neighbourhoods, healthy life expectancy is only 46.5 years. The main causes of ill-health are cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory and mental health conditions, while suicide rates are significantly higher than the national average.

Lancashire and South Cumbria has a much higher level of need in our communities and so health organisations receive around 10 per cent more funding per person compared to the average for England. In contrast, funding for local authorities, who provide social care and public health, has decreased by 40 per cent in a decade.

Our region has high levels of economic activity and employment, but productivity is about 20 per cent lower per worker than the UK average – largely because of health. If we improve health we could improve regional productivity by up to £700m of GVA (gross value added) per year.

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