Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital

Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital together conduct world-class medical research and educate doctors, nurses and specialist nurses. Six of the University’s departments are active at Uppsala University Hospital.

Our collaboration in figures

More than 400 employees divide their employment between the University and the hospital. The clinical research has a budget of about SEK 500 million and generates approximately 1,500 research publications each year. At the same time nearly 3,000 of the University’s students receive their clinical training and advanced training at the hospital. At the hospital there are about 300 doctors in specialist training distributed among about 50 different specialties.

The foundation of what is today Uppsala University Hospital was laid in 1708, when Uppsala University established a clinic where medical students could hone their skills. The clinic had six to eight beds then. Today, the hospital has close to 1,000 beds.

Research

Obviously, research is an integral part of the University Hospital. Research is conducted in a variety of fields to map disease mechanisms and to create new, effective forms of treatment. In addition, the hospital conducts clinical trials of new drugs in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies. Over the years our researchers have contributed to new treatments for many serious diseases.

The University and the hospital together operate several research infrastructures: Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR) and Uppsala Biobank. UCR offers many types of support to clinical researchers – from study design to academic publication. Uppsala Biobank is responsible for storage of fluid and tissue samples from activities within Region Uppsala and Uppsala University.

Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital, along with a number of other actors, have developed the National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence Against Women (NCK). Among other things, it operates “Kvinnofridslinjen”, a national helpline for women subjected to violence.

Education

Each year nearly 3,000 students receive their clinical training and advanced training at the hospital. This mainly takes the form of “allmäntjänstgöring” (AT), a 21-month period of practice after medical school that all doctors must undergo to get their medical license, but it also includes the clinical placement required for other courses in the health care field. In addition to doctors, Uppsala University Hospital also educates nurses, specialist nurses, speech therapists, psychologists, pharmacists and biomedical analysts. New programmes are also developed, like the recently started engineering programme in medical technology.

Together with the hospital, the University also offers a number of advanced training courses.

How the collaboration is governed

Medical research and the training of doctors is coordinated by the University Hospital Board, which is composed of representatives from both Uppsala University and Region Uppsala. In addition, there is the University Hospital Committee, which is a drafting body for the University Hospital Board. These agencies are regulated by two agreements for cooperation on medical education and research (ALFs). One is a national agreement between the government and seven county councils, and another is a regional agreement between Uppsala University and Region Uppsala.

The training of nurses and specialist nurses is coordinated by the Consultative Board, with representatives from Uppsala University and Region Uppsala. In addition, there is the Consultative Group, a drafting body for the Consultative Board.