STRUCTURE: Three trusts have linked up with universities to form a £10m centre for sport and exercise medicine.

The centre is part of Olympic-year government plans to promote health and fitness.

A consortium of six partners from hospitals and universities in the region will run the centre. It will be a hub of research into sports and exercise injuries and conditions associated with lack of exercise and its work will be shared with the NHS nationally to deliver health benefits to the UK population.

Doctors and researchers from the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and the Universities of Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester, as well as the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and University Hospitals Leicester will collaborate at a purpose-built centre on the Loughborough University campus. The centre will treat exercise-related injuries but will also help people to use physical activity to cope with existing medical conditions such as diabetes. 

The centre will be one of three hubs nationally, representing a total of £30m in government funding and which together will form the country’s first ever National Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.