FACTS AND FIGURES:
- In total, Buckinghamshire is home to around 1,500 life science, healthcare and social organisations.
- There are 85 biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies that are currently housed in Buckinghamshire.
- Stoke Mandeville, one of the beating centres of Buckinghamshire’s heart, is home to the UK’s National Spinal Centre. It is also home to a major housing growth area where innovation can provide ‘living lab’ opportunities to apply the application of new social technologies.
- Buckinghamshire is in the first wave of 8 Integrated Care Systems which will pioneer new approaches to health and care integration locally.
- Because of the proximity to Heathrow Airport, products such as those within the healthcare sector can reach a global market at a much quicker speed – this was seen with the likes of GE Healthcare innovations in cancer detection.
There are currently around 32,000 people employed in Buckinghamshire's Life Science, Healthcare and Social Care sector, including 10,000 in social care, 16,000 in healthcare and 5,500 in life sciences.
We are also home to world-leading brands and innovators alike. Three of the world’s top 30 medical device manufacturers operate from Buckinghamshire; Johnson & Johnson, GE Healthcare and Danaher Corp. Alongside 6 of the world's top 25 pharmaceutical companies who have sites in Buckinghamshire; Amgen, Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and Takeda.
ROUTES INTO LIFE SCIENCES:
- The University of Buckingham offers BSc and MSc courses in Medicine and Life Science.
- Bucks New University offers education programmes in Nursing, Social Work, Applied Psychology and Allied Health.
- The University of Bedfordshire has a campus in Aylesbury for Health, Nursing and Midwifery.
- Bucks College Group offers Apprenticeships and level 1,2 and 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care.
- Milton Keynes College offers a variety of courses that can create a good foundation to a career in life sciences including Applied Sciences, Forensic and Criminal Investigation, and Health and Social Care.
- Berkshire College of Agriculture offers applied science and health and social care at varying levels, as well as specialised courses in agriculture, arboriculture and horticulture – all of which can be used to gain entry into further life sciences study in these areas.