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English healthcare firm expansion set to bring 10 new jobs

AN English healthcare IT firm is to set up in Belfast and will create 10 new jobs in the city.

Aura Healthcare specialises in software products for staff in hospitals, clinics and primary care centres.

Invest NI has offered Aura £79,500 of support toward the new jobs, which will generate over £300,000 annually in salaries.

Adrian Stevens, chief executive of Aura Healthcare, said it was set up last year to meet growing demand for better IT in health professions.

"We currently employ 17 people in the UK, many of whom have spent years working in healthcare IT, across a variety of departments and organisations," he said.

"We are expanding rapidly and in searching for the right location, Belfast stood out because of the combination of highly-skilled people, infrastructure, access to the healthcare sector and the availability of financial support from Invest NI.

"We are now recruiting for the 10 positions which include software development and software engineering posts with a view to having the Belfast office operational by September."

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Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton added: "The high quality posts are in line with our focus on securing jobs that pay above the Northern Ireland private sector median and will provide a welcome boost in terms of salaries and IT sector opportunities.

"The investment is also expected to drive innovation in the healthcare sector."