Manchester Institute of Health and Performance
After six years of planning and research, the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance has opened its doors. The Institute is the first of its kind in the UK, and was developed in partnership with Manchester City Council, Sport England and City Football Group. HCA Healthcare UK, part of the world’s largest private hospital group, has been brought in to operate the facility.
The Institute is the result of £18m investment, and aims to provide a world-class environment for diagnosis, education and research in health and performance. A team of highly-skilled, specialised consultants, sports injury specialists, nurses, physiotherapists and healthcare researchers will be working at the facility, supporting the sports community from grassroots through to elite athletes, and special projects are planned to help young athletes progress and fulfil their potential, promoting excellence in their chose sport.
The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance also aims to collaborate across sport disciplines to enhance performance and build programmes for elite athletes and the sport science experts who support them.
The list of teams who will collaborate and benefit is impressive, and includes Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Women’s Football Club, British Cycling, GB Para Swimming, GB Taekwondo and English Squash and Racket Ball.
As well as working with the sports world, The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance will also have a public health agenda investigating health and physical activity across Greater Manchester as part of the city’s Public Health Strategy.
The Institute will work on collaborative research into heart disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as a facility for the general public which will have an emphasis on sports injuries and will be accessible through private medical insurance or self-funding.
Dr Stephen McGregor, institute director at The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance, said: “We are collaborating with leading experts in sport, exercise and health to ensure that we support the development and well-being of every person who enters our facility.”
And Lesley Taylor, HCA Healthcare UK CEO of the North, added: “HCA Healthcare UK believes that the facility will greatly improve the health and lives of people across Manchester as well as providing ground-breaking research and diagnostics, delivered by leading consultants, nurses, physiotherapists and healthcare researchers, which will further enhance the city’s reputation as a world leading centre for sporting excellence.”
The facility will provide another landmark home for HCA Healthcare UK. The group also offers services from one of London’s most recent and most recognisable buildings, the Shard. A very broad range of services, including one-stop breast clinics, urology, gastroenterology and neurology and many more, are on offer from HCA’s outpatients and diagnostic clinic which can be found over three floors of the capital’s famous landmark.