Positioning health and wellbeing at the heart of Huddersfield 

The National Health Innovation Campus is a transformative project for the people of the region. It will improve health outcomes and lead innovation in healthcare for the North of England, the UK and internationally. 

It is based on the University of Huddersfield’s outstanding track-record in professional courses and pioneering research, and its wide network of partnerships with leading health and care organisations. 

It will be the first of its kind within the UK to be built to platinum WELL Building Standards used to create spaces that advance the health and wellbeing of those using these spaces. 

Artist impression of the external green space of the National Health Innovation Campus

Why the project is needed

Yorkshire and the Humber faces some of the biggest challenges amongst the English regions with regard to the health of its population: 

  • Third lowest life expectancy for both men and women
  • Highest levels of obesity
  • Second highest rate of deaths in infancy

These are all issues that the new National Health Innovation Campus will address, working in partnership with others in the region. Located along the M62 corridor, the Campus is uniquely placed to serve communities throughout West and South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

NHIC Building 1 Artist's impression of Building Two

As we look forward to opening the Daphne Steele Building later in 2024, take a look at our flythrough video which shows you what to expect from the first building of the new National Health Innovation Campus. 

National Health Innovation Campus

The National Health Innovation Campus is a seven-acre site, with planning permission for up to seven buildings, all built to the WELL building standard. This exciting new development offers regeneration, investment, employment and growth opportunities. We are committed to building on current partnerships locally, nationally and globally.

Invest in the National Health Innovation Campus

To discuss investment opportunities, contact:

Professor Liz Towns-Andrews, 3M Professor of Innovation

Tel: 07540 672953


Daphne Steele Building

This first building on the Southgate site is named after the UK’s first black matron, Daphne Steele, who emigrated to the UK from Guyana in the 1940s.

The building named in Daphne’s honour is the first of the exciting project that will help to improve health outcomes and lead innovation in healthcare for the North of England. It will bring together public-facing facilities including award-winning student-led clinics, and be a focus for entrepreneurial academic activity, serving the regional and wider health economy in strong public-private partnerships. Specialist clinical teaching facilities will provide unparalleled support for workforce development.

The campus will feature:


The Health and Wellbeing Academy

The academy brings together our public-facing health facilities (clinics and research) and to be a focus for entrepreneurial academic activity, linked to the needs of the local health workforce and the regional health economy. 


World-leading research facilities

In fields such as skin integrity and infection prevention, psychological therapies, addiction and fall prevention. 


Specialist clinical teaching facilities

Led by our internationally significant expertise in simulation and hi-fidelity teaching, and a focus on the beacon offer in distance and blended learning, engaged with partners who are leaders in the digital agenda. 


A full range of public-facing facilities

Including our award-winning Podiatry Clinic, the THRIVE telehealth service, a Community Diagnostic Centre Hub and the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre. 


Workforce transformation for health and social care

The campus will enable the rapid expansion of courses in nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, leadership and human sciences. 

Health Education England indicated there were 46,000 nursing vacancies in England in 2022, and the UK government has introduced ‘Bursary 2’, offering at least £5k to all nursing and allied health trainees. 

The Topol Review (2019) and NHS People Plan (Spring 2020) align with the outstanding track-record and particular research expertise of Huddersfield and its partners in Calderdale and Huddersfield and elsewhere in fields such as digital delivery, simulation, and the development of apprenticeship provision. This means the University is uniquely placed to take a leading role in the expansion and enhancement of the NHS and social care workforce across the north of England and beyond. 

The University’s provision in fields such as nursing, midwifery, and allied health has already grown by 60% in the past five years, and the new Daphne Steele facility will enable a further 60% growth in the next five years. 

Huddersfield is the largest provider of apprenticeships in nursing and allied health in Yorkshire and the Humber. 

The campus will create the largest, most dynamic centre for workforce development and innovation in the North of England. 

Enhanced health, wellbeing and social inclusion

Enhanced health, wellbeing and social inclusion outcomes for Yorkshire and the North.

Stronger Partnership working

The campus will facilitate partnership and co-creation between the University and existing and new partners in health, care, and beyond

Health and wellbeing innovation

The campus will enable world-leading research and innovation, and their transfer into professional practice and industry.


Regeneration, inward investment, jobs and growth

Health, medical technologies and associated services provide a key focus for economic development, and the Campus will deliver a major boost to regeneration of the town centre and jobs. 

Growth in the School of Human and Health Sciences has already delivered over 200 additional skilled jobs in the past four years, and planned development will deliver at least 100 more in the next five. Further, a growing international profile will see a huge expansion in training and education work, quadrupling activity on the levels of 2018-19 by 2026 with major implications for inward investment. 

The Campus will facilitate additional commercial benefits through the colocation of services and facilities, adding capacity to local health, care and support systems across Kirklees. Potential opportunities include: 

  • provision of dedicated mental health support 
  • bespoke clinics for skin 
  • physiotherapy 
  • podiatry and other elements of care 
  • wider triage in the form of advisory services 

Working with a range of stakeholders across the public, private and voluntary sectors will open up a diversity of income streams as well as opportunities for product and service development and design. 



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