West Midlands Mayor opens two research and education facilities in Birmingham

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has officially opened two new research and education facilities in Birmingham. Historic, family-owned Birmingham company Salts Healthcare has invested over £2m in the Salts Academy – a new education venue for health care professionals, and the Central Skin Sciences Institute, an independent skin research facility, as it continues to grow in its fourth century of operation.

The Salts Academy is a dedicated facility providing high-quality educational courses up to and including masters level for healthcare professionals specialising in stoma care. Founded in 2012, it is the only one of its type in the UK and, due to its continued success, and commitment to offer quality education to nurses that will ultimately improve the lives of patients, Salts has now invested further in creating a new purpose-built space.

This space now includes a lecture theatre, library, and clinical skills room for specialist nurses to visit and further their knowledge, skills and understanding of stoma care.

The Salts Academy has partnered with De Montfort University for ten years, and more recently Birmingham City University, providing stoma care education for healthcare professionals and other healthcare workers in the form of workshops, study days and courses leading to qualifications at degree and masters level.

The Central Skin Sciences Institute (CSSI) is a new purpose-built facility that will generate scientific data through research and testing to advance knowledge in the area of skin health and skin adhesives.

These new insights and understanding of skin health will have numerous benefits for people living with a stoma, manufacturers, and medical professionals.

Commenting on the dual-launch, Andy Street said: “The West Midlands is at the heart of the UK’s life science sector and so I’m delighted to help officially open these two impressive venues. Salts’ continued investment in R&D, training and education is helping the development of the life sciences industry across here in the West Midlands and beyond, and ultimately helping to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients across the globe.”

“Salts Healthcare has been at the forefront of healthcare manufacturing for over 300 years, right here in the heart of Birmingham. Having seen the Salts Academy and Central Skin Sciences Institute in action, I am in no doubt that the company will be making a positive contribution to people’s health, the life sciences sector, and the local economy for hundreds of years to come.”

Robert Salt, Managing Director at The Salts Academy, said: “I am so proud of this initiative, and the wonderful team that has not just delivered but has surpassed what I hoped was possible. The thought, the attention to detail, the care that they have put into creating the venues, I can do no more than thank and applaud.”