New funding announced for National Centre for Child Health Technology

Friday 03 February 2023

We are delighted to share that the final £6m funding has been approved for the National Centre for Child Health Technology (NCCHT) to be built in the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. The NCCHT will be a global first, where pioneering research and innovation will collaborate with academia, industry, and healthcare to transform the health of children and young people across the world.

This Thursday, South Yorkshire Mayor, Oliver Coppard, joined an expert panel at a press conference to announce the exciting news from the newly built Community Stadium in the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. The Chair of the Park, Richard Caborn, hosted the event and introduced the impressive panel of speakers to share the vision of the NCCHT with the public. Professor Paul Dimitri, Clinical Director of NIHR CYP MedTech, highlighted how this centre will address global health issues and work towards innovative solutions that benefit not only Sheffield, but children and young people everywhere. Paul was joined by Terry Fox, Leader of Sheffield City Council; Ruth Brown, Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust; and Mark Jackson, Group Development Director of Scarborough Group International to celebrate the hard work and perseverance that achieved this milestone and the steps going forward.

The £6m funding granted by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority brings the total awarded for the NCCHT to £20m. The centre will drive growth and commercialisation by attracting inward investment, creating high value jobs and translating discovery into our healthcare systems. Not only will the NCCHT be comprised of a number of specialised centres dedicated to developing, manufacturing and testing child health technologies, but it will also focus on national child health priorities such as reducing health inequalities, preventative care, managing long-term conditions and mental health.

Prof Paul Dimitri, Clinical Director of NIHR CYP MedTech, Professor of Child Health at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, says:

“The National Centre for Child Health Technology will play a central role in ensuring that we advance the way we develop sustainable and transformational healthcare and drive prevention for children to ensure the future is bright.”

To find out more about Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and the other fantastic centres it is home to, please visit the link below.