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General partnership agreement concerning health research, talent development, education and knowledge exchange be-tween the Faculty of Health Sciences (Health), Aarhus Univer-sity, and the Central Denmark Region

1. Introduction

Before the creation of the Danish regions as part of the structural reform which took effect on 1 January 2007, collaboration had been established between Aarhus University and a number of hospitals in the former Coun-ty of Aarhus and the former CounCoun-ty of North Jutland. Several organisa-tional and structural changes in the wake of the structural reform have necessitated an update of the documents governing the collaboration be-tween the university and the hospital sector.

This general partnership agreement supersedes the original contract doc-uments for Aarhus University Hospital (Aftalegrundlag for Århus

Universi-tetshospital) of 1 January 2004. The most significant changes to the

for-mer contract documents are as follows:

• At the end of 2012, Aalborg Hospital and Aalborg Psychiatric

Hos-pital ceased to be part of the collaboration under Aarhus University Hospital.

• The collaboration between the regional hospitals, including the

re-gional psychiatric and pre-hospital services in the Central Denmark Region, and Aarhus University is intensified so that in future the contract-based and intensive collaboration will include all hospitals and the regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services in the Cen-tral Denmark Region.

• In the same way, the area of public health in the Central Denmark

Region will be included in the general partnership agreements with Aarhus University, so that in future the agreements will include both the primary and secondary regional health sectors.

• It is agreed that in future the Department of Clinical Medicine,

Aarhus University, will assume responsibility for research man-agement at the regional hospitals and in the regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services, as is the case for Aarhus University Hospital.

• The management structure will be changed, and in future it will

consist of the 'Management Forum for Collaboration between Uni-versity and Region (LUR)' (Ledelsesforum for

Universitet-Regionssamarbejdet (LUR)) and two coordination committees for

hospitals and the area of public health, respectively, in the Central Denmark Region.

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This general health partnership agreement between Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region is part of a general partnership agreement between the University and the Region, see Strategic partnership agree-ment between Central Denmark Region and Aarhus University (Strategisk

partnerskabsaftale mellem Region Midtjylland og Aarhus Universitet) of 6

January 2011. Consequently, Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region may collaborate on projects – also in the area of health – which do not spring from this general partnership agreement.

2. Purpose

The purpose of Health, Aarhus University, and the Central Denmark Re-gion entering into special health partnership agreements is to continuous-ly raise the quality and improve the evidential basis for the health sector's health-promoting, preventative, diagnostic, treatment, care and rehabili-tation services to the highest international level for the benefit of citizens and patients in the Central Denmark Region.

As regards the organisation of the research, the main premise is that basic research, clinical research and development and clinical activities are inextricably linked.

The strategy for the collaboration between the university and the region within health research, talent development, education and knowledge ex-change is laid down and adjusted on an ongoing basis by the Manage-ment Forum for Collaboration between University and Region (LUR). 3. Division of responsibilities

The overall division of responsibilities between the university and the re-gion within the area of health means that Health, Aarhus University, is chiefly responsible for research and for pre-graduate clinical instruction activities, and that the Central Denmark Region is responsible for the clin-ical functions at the hospitals in the region.

The various levels of management are responsible for supplying, now and in future, research, education and clinical services of the highest quality based on the applicable rules and financial framework.

4. Parties

The general partnership agreement is made between the following par-ties:

• Health, Aarhus University

• The somatic and psychiatric hospitals as well as the pre-hospital

services in the Central Denmark Region

• The public health area in the Central Denmark Region, i.e.:

o Public Health and Quality Improvement (Folkesundhed og

Kvalitetsudvikling), Central Denmark Region

o Community-based Healthcare Services (Nære

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5. Management structure

The management structure for the health partnership between Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region consists of the Management Forum for Collaboration between University and Region (LUR) and two coordination committees for the following areas:

Coordination Committee for Hospitals and University

(Koordina-tionsudvalg for hospitaler og universitet)

Coordination Committee for Public Health (Koordinationsudvalg for

folkesundhedsområdet)

The two coordination committees are bound together by LUR. LUR consti-tutes the supreme governing body, see the figure below.

5.1 Management Forum for Collaboration between University and Region (LUR)

The Management Forum for Collaboration between University and Region (LUR) lays down the overall strategies and discusses important issues concerning the collaboration on research, talent development, education and knowledge exchange (including clinical development) between Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region. LUR makes decisions by unanimous agreement.

5.1.1 LUR members, chairmanship and secretariat services

LUR consists of the following representatives:

• The Dean, Health, Aarhus University

• The Vice-Dean for Knowledge Exchange, Health, Aarhus University

• On an ad hoc basis, the Vice-Dean for Research, the Vice-Dean for

Talent Development or the Vice-Dean for Education, Health, Aar-hus University, as required

• The head of the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

• The head of the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University

• The Head of Corporate Management with special responsibility for

health, except community-based healthcare services, public health and quality improvement, Central Denmark Region

• The Head of Corporate Management with special responsibility for

psychiatric, social and community-based healthcare services, pub-lic health and quality improvement, Central Denmark Region

The head of department for Health Planning

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• The Head of Centre for Public Health and Quality Improvement,

Central Denmark Region

• Two representatives of the Aarhus University Hospital

manage-ment

• Two representatives of the regional hospital managements

• The Chief Medical Officer for the Psychiatry and Social Service

De-partment (Psykiatri og Social)

The chairmanship of LUR is shared by the Dean, Health, Aarhus Universi-ty, and the Head of Corporate Management with special responsibility for health, except community-based healthcare services, public health and quality improvement, Central Denmark Region.

The secretariat services are provided by a secretariat committee of repre-sentatives from Health Planning, Central Denmark Region, and Health, Aarhus University.

5.1.2 LUR's areas of responsibility

It is part of the strategy for collaboration in the area of health between the university and the region that LUR continuously adjusts the organisa-tion and the management involved in the collaboraorganisa-tion, seeks reciprocity between the university and the region in strategies etc. and works to strengthen the single nature and the information about the collaboration. LUR has the following specific areas of responsibility:

• One annual research strategy meeting

• Approval of university clinics

• Follow-up on the research profiles of the regional hospitals and the

regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services

• Interdisciplinary research programmes

• Management of the Health Science Research Foundation, Central

Denmark Region (Region Midtjyllands Sundhedsvidenskabelige

Forskningsfond)

One annual research strategy meeting

LUR is responsible for one major annual research strategy meeting for a wider circle of stakeholders. The research strategy meeting discusses the overall framework for the research collaboration, including the setting of goals for the prioritisation of research areas and the expected outcomes of the research within these areas.

The Regional Council of the Central Denmark Region is kept informed about the overall research strategy and special focus areas within the health science research conducted in the Central Denmark Region.

Approval of university clinics

With the conclusion of the Research and education partnership agreement between Aarhus University and the regional hospitals, including the re-gional psychiatric and pre-hospital services in the Central Denmark Re-gion (Aftale om samarbejde om forskning og undervisning mellem Aarhus

Universitet og regionshospitalerne, inkl. regionspsykiatrien og Præhospi-talet i Region Midtjylland), the regional hospitals and the regional

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granted university clinic status within various areas. Based on a recom-mendation from an academic assessment committee, LUR makes the final decision as to whether an application for university clinic status can be approved. Moreover, LUR is also tasked with monitoring areas in which it is expected that new university clinics can be established.

The procedure for approval of university clinics is described in further de-tail in the Agreement on forms of affiliation (Aftale om

tilknytningsform-er).

Follow-up on the research profiles of the regional hospitals and the re-gional psychiatric and pre-hospital services

LUR is responsible for regularly discussing the research profiles of the re-gional hospitals and the rere-gional psychiatric and pre-hospital services, thereby ensuring that the research profiles are at all times aligned both with the current situation at the regional hospitals, in the regional psychi-atric and pre-hospital services system, and aligned also with the overall strategy for the research collaboration between Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region.

Interdisciplinary research programmes

LUR is responsible for monitoring developments in the interdisciplinary re-search programmes and for initiating the start-up of new interdisciplinary research programmes.

Management of Central Denmark Region's Health Science Research Foun-dation With the conclusion of the present general partnership agreement,

LUR also assumes managerial responsibility for the Central Denmark Re-gion's Health Science Research Foundation. The foundation provides fund-ing for health sector research in the Central Denmark Region and accepts applications from all fields of health science research of relevance to the health services in the Central Denmark Region.

In relation to the Central Denmark Region's Health Science Research Foundation, LUR is tasked with laying down strategies for the use of the research foundation's research funds and with the overall allocation of the research foundation's budget, including the assessment and prioritisation of applications for large amounts of funding for research. Prior to the con-sideration of the applications by LUR, an academic assessment is per-formed by an academic assessment committee.

5.2 Coordination Committee for Hospitals and University

The Coordination Committee for Hospitals and University is responsible for the implementation of the strategic decisions concerning the hospital sector made by LUR.

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The Coordination Committee for Hospitals and University lays down com-mon strategies for the development of the hospital sector within the agreed framework and considers important issues concerning the collabo-ration on research, talent development, education and knowledge ex-change. Decisions must be unanimous.

5.2.1 Coordination committee members, chairmanship and secretariat services

The Coordination Committee for Hospitals and University consists of the following representatives:

• The Vice-Dean for Education, Health, Aarhus University

• The Vice-Dean for Knowledge Exchange, Health, Aarhus University

• The head of the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

• The Chief Medical Officer for Aarhus University Hospital

• The Chief Nursing Officer for Aarhus University Hospital

• The Chief Medical Officer for the Psychiatry and Social Service

De-partment

• One representative from each of the regional hospital

manage-ments

• The medical director of the pre-hospital services

• The Head of Centre for Public Health and Quality Improvement,

Central Denmark Region

• Management representative from Health Planning, Central

Den-mark Region

The chairmanship of the Coordination Committee for Hospitals and Uni-versity is shared between the head of the Department of Clinical Medi-cine, Aarhus University, and the Chief Medical Officer for Aarhus Universi-ty Hospital, Central Denmark Region.

The Central Denmark Region is responsible for providing secretariat ser-vices to the coordination committee.

5.2.2 Areas of responsibility of the coordination committee

The areas of responsibility of the Coordination Committee for Hospitals and University comprise collaboration on research, talent development, education and knowledge exchange (including clinical development) be-tween Aarhus University and the hospitals, including the regional psychi-atric and pre-hospital services in the Central Denmark Region.

The Coordination Committee for Hospitals and University has the follow-ing specific areas of responsibility:

• Establishing common strategies for research, talent development,

education and knowledge exchange

• Reassessing and suggesting adjustments to the research profiles

of the regional hospitals and the regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services. Proposed adjustments to the research profiles must be presented to LUR.

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• Identifying opportunities for as well as facilitating the conclusion of

affiliation agreements between the regional hospitals, including the regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services, and Aarhus Universi-ty

• Determining and continuously adjusting the principles for the

dis-tribution of medical students between the hospitals.

• Contributing to maintaining and strengthening the clinical

instruc-tion.

• Ensuring that optimum use is made of the possibilities for PhD

de-gree programmes etc. at the hospitals.

• Ensuring that optimum use is made of the hospitals' innovation

po-tential.

5.3 Coordination Committee for Public Health

The Coordination Committee for Public Health is tasked with implement-ing the strategic decisions made by LUR concernimplement-ing the university's col-laboration with the area of public health.

The Coordination Committee for Public Health lays down common strate-gies for the development of the public health area within the agreed framework and considers important issues concerning the collaboration on research, talent development, education and knowledge exchange. Deci-sions must be unanimous.

5.3.1 Coordination committee members, chairmanship and secretariat services

The Coordination Committee for Public Health consists of the following representatives:

• The Vice-Dean for Knowledge Exchange, Health, Aarhus University

• On an ad hoc basis, the Vice-Dean for Research, the Vice-Dean for

Talent Development or the Vice-Dean for Education, Health, Aar-hus University, as required

• The head of the Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

• The head of the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University

• The Head of Centre for Public Health and Quality Improvement,

Central Denmark Region

• The head of department for Community-based Healthcare Services,

Central Denmark Region

• The Chief Nursing Officer for Aarhus University Hospital

• One representative of the regional hospital managements

• Representative for the local authorities (from the chairmanship of

the 'Folkesundhed i Midten' initiative).

The chairmanship of the Coordination Committee for Public Health is shared by the head of the Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, and the Head of Centre for Public Health and Quality Improvement, Cen-tral Denmark Region.

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vices to the coordination committee.

5.3.2 Areas of responsibility of the coordination committee

The areas of responsibility of the Coordination Committee for Public Health in the Central Denmark Region cover the collaboration between Aarhus University and Public Health in the Central Denmark Region.

The Coordination Committee for Public Health has the following specific areas of responsibility:

• Establishing common strategies for research, talent development,

education and knowledge exchange

• Monitoring and inspiring joint research activities and strengthening

cross-sectoral research

• Helping to strengthen the ties between public health research and

practice

• Seeking to involve relevant parties in the collaboration, including

strengthening the collaboration with the local authorities 6. Agreements

The collaboration on health research, talent development, education and knowledge exchange (including clinical development) between Health, Aarhus University, and the Central Denmark Region is based on a number of agreements. Some agreements concern the university's collaboration with all the region's hospitals, including the regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services, while other agreements concern only the university's collaboration with either the university hospital, the regional hospitals, in-cluding the regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services, and/or the area of public health.

The underlying agreements concerning collaboration in the area of public health between Aarhus University and the Central Denmark Region cover, among other things:

• Collaboration on research and teaching at the regional hospitals,

including the regional psychiatric and pre-hospital services

• Collaboration in the area of public health

• The alignment and description of areas of responsibility for the

various job categories of professors at Aarhus University Hospital and the regional hospitals, respectively

• Organisation and settlement model for the clinical instruction of

students

• Access for the hospitals, including the regional psychiatric and

pre-hospital services, to research-supporting facilities

In addition to the above-mentioned agreements, a number of other part-nership agreements have also been made with the university and one or more hospitals in the Central Denmark Region concerning specialist func-tions. These include partnership agreements with the following institu-tions:

• Neuroscience research

• Clinical Epidemiology

• Clinical Pharmacology

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eral partnership agreement will be posted on the website for the collabo-ration between the university and the region.

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