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Australian health tech company sets up new UK base in Burnley

  • Australian-based smart health technology company Alcidion has chosen Burnley for its expansion plans in the UK;
  • The company, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, provides technology to 34 NHS hospitals in the UK. It has been actively recruiting and wants to leverage skills and expertise in the North West;
  • Lynette Ousby, Alcidion’s UK Managing Director, who was behind the push into Burnley, lives in Hapton and is passionate about generating opportunities for the town’s talented people, including those studying at UCLan and Burnley College.

Burnley has been chosen as a new UK base by Australian smart healthcare technology company Alcidion.

The company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, already works with 34 NHS hospitals across the UK where it provides innovative technology for healthcare professionals. Alcidion is keen to bring jobs to the North West and to provide opportunities for people about to enter the jobs market, especially those studying at UCLan and Burnley College. The company wants to harness skills and fresh ideas that can be applied to healthcare, technology and software engineering.

Alcidion’s software helps hospitals to deliver smarter and safer healthcare, and the company partners with organisations including East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and the Isle of Man Government.

Most recently, its early warning system, and clinical communication and task management technology, have been procured for five hospitals in East Lancashire – in Burnley, Blackburn, Clitheroe, Accrington and Pendle. These technologies help staff manage patient care more efficiently.  

Alcidion’s UK Managing Director, Lynette Ousby, who lives in Hapton, explained why the Australian company has chosen Burnley to continue its expansion into the UK. Its new base is at the Business First building in Rosegrove.

Speaking exclusively to Burnley.co.uk, she said: “Being born and bred in Padiham, I’m already passionate about what Burnley and Padiham can offer businesses. It was therefore easy for me to extol the benefits of Burnley to the CEO of Alcidion, as it’s a topic I’m enthusiastic about.

“One of the biggest draws for us is that we can tap into the resource pool of UCLan and Burnley College. Not only are we interested in graduates with degrees such as computer science and medicine, but we are keen to partner with apprentices too. The talents of young people who are keen to look at new ways of doing things will not only contribute to the processes we have now, but also ensure that developments in healthcare technology will continue in the future. This will broaden the scope of job opportunities in Burnley and benefit our communities on a wider scale as we help to improve patient care in hospitals.”

Apprenticeships are close to Mrs Ousby’s heart, having started hers with FH Brown, which at the time was run by Andrew Brown, founder and Managing Director at Crow Wood Leisure. She is keen to inspire young people in Burnley and help them understand that they don’t necessarily need a degree to have a successful job and achieve their goals in their hometown.

“I want to give something back to the town and help to raise its profile. Over the next 12 months, we will continue to recruit positions in the UK and I’m delighted that Alcidion’s new office will be in Burnley.”

Burnley’s transport links, in particular the trains to Leeds and Manchester, were also a big influence in the decision to be based in the town.

We are delighted the company has chosen Burnley as its new UK base and we wish all the best to those who start their new careers at the company.