The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and Medilink UK have signed a concordat to support joint working.
Trade association ABHI’s members include many leading medtech companies in the UK, while industry specialist Medilink UK represents many innovative life science SMEs.
The two organisations will explore ways of working together to improve the industry’s representation to Government and in Europe and its access to NHS evaluation, as well as offering its members joint events and shared information.
The concordat is intended to create a framework for joint working, with four overall goals:
- To create a favourable political and economic environment for the UK medtech industry.
- To develop a joint policy on NHS purchasing and UK uptake of medical technologies.
- To develop a co-ordinated approach to international trade.
- To encourage adoption and recognition of the principles of the ABHI Code of Business Practice.
Tony Davis, Chairman of Medilink UK (right in picture), said: “It’s a natural fit for our two organisations to work closely for the betterment of UK healthcare and industry. The statistics and anecdotes we gather from day-to-day work with SMEs supports the crucial work ABHI is doing to raise the profile of the medical technology industry within Government.
“The healthcare supply chain is strong within the UK, made up of nearly 4,500 companies, with innovative solutions that can go a long way towards achieving the savings and patient experience goals of the NHS. The concordat gives us the structure to work together to encourage the adoption of these innovative UK technologies for the benefit of UK patients.”
Peter Ellingworth, Chief Executive of ABHI (left in picture), added: “The concordat will allow ABHI and Medilink UK to improve the representation of the medical technology industry in the UK. This collaboration will strengthen both our organisations; joint representation will help us raise the profile of the sector and improve the value of membership through sharing information and access to events.
“This is a crucial time for the NHS and the medical technology industry wants to engage and support it. The much discussed £20billion savings target will only be achieved if the NHS is willing to change the delivery of healthcare, something medical technology can enable them to do. It is important that industry has a strong voice.”
ABHI is the leading industry association for the UK medical technologies sector, including medical devices, equipment and consumables.
Medilink UK is a national healthcare technology business support organisation that connects manufacturers and suppliers with potential partners and customers to promote business development.