Safety for patients, efficiency for the NHS: User designed wearables for central line security

Thursday 04 April 2019

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and NIHR CYP MedTech are hosting an event in conjunction with Tookie Limited to showcase their unique NIHR Innovation Adoption pathway that helped to produce a range of products which have been developed with patients at their very heart.

As an award-winning Healthcare Innovation company, Tookie aims to improve the lives of people with lines, while addressing unmet clinical and patient needs through patient involvement. Tookie refers to this process as ‘Patient Engineering’, in essence co-designing devices that are fit for purpose; for the patient by the patient.

The company has designed a range of wearable products in order to address unmet needs and create #ALifeMoreNormal for patients; the ethos behind Tookie’s products.

The development of the Tookie range of products began with the development of the Tookie vest for paediatric oncology, providing patients and their parents with reassurance that their central line would remain secure. Successful development of the Tookie vest within this area, and feedback from patient groups, led to the subsequent development of Tookie products for: oncology; renal dialysis; nutrition; respiratory; nephrology; and etheral.


This event will provide the opportunity to hear from patients, carers, clinicians and researchers who have been involved in the development of Tookie’s products, including the TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) network who recently announced Tookie as their first official Industry Ambassador.

We will discuss the importance and value of including patients in product development, Tookie’s development journey, and how Tookie’s products can be implemented within your clinical area.  There will also be the opportunity to discuss further development of the Tookie product range, providing your insight into applications in other clinical areas.

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Paul Dimitri – Professor of Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Clinical Director, NIHR Children and Young People’s MedTech Co-operative.
  • David Axon – CEO, Tookie Limited
  • Stephen Tooke – Commercial Director, Tookie Limited
  • Maddy Warren – Tookie brand ambassador and renal dialysis patient
  • Dr Helen Denny – Patient Advocator

A full agenda will be available over the coming weeks.


We welcome attendees from groups including: clinicians, patients, carers, researchers, commissioners and innovators working in associated areas.

For more details and to register, please use the link below.

Please email Sophie Bates if you have any questions.