ABOUT US

We are the national centre for child health technology

NIHR MICs

NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative (NIHR CYP MedTech) is one of the 11 MedTech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operatives (MICs) funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The aim of the 11 MICs is to work with clinical teams, academics, businesses, and service users to support the development and adoption of new medical devices, healthcare technologies, and technology-dependent interventions in the NHS.

NIHR CYP MedTech is the only MIC dedicated to child health and paediatrics.

REMIT

NIHR CYP MedTech works clinical teams, businesses, academics, charities, children, young people, and families to support the development and adoption of technology for child health and paediatrics.

We work across NHS and NIHR infrastructure to support the development of child health technology. We work particularly closely with:

  • NIHR MICs
  • NIHR Local Clinical Research Networks (LCRNs)
  • Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs)
  • NIHR Biomedical Science Centres (BRCs)
  • Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Our core team co-ordinate and oversee all NIHR CYP MedTech activity, and are based at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

We focus on early stage technology development and prioritise technology and innovations that fit within our seven themes. Each theme is led by one or two leading clinicians based at various NHS Trusts around the UK. Our seven themes are:

  • Cancer
  • Respiratory and Sleep
  • Rare Diseases
  • Epilepsy, Movement, and Muscle Disorders
  • Ventilation
  • Surgical Technologies
  • Transition

We support technology and innovations outside of these themes where the impact on child health can be demonstrated.

CORE TEAM

Professor Paul Dimitri

Professor Paul Dimitri

Director

Professor Paul Dimitri is Director of the NIHR CYP MedTech and the Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network. Paul is also the NIHR Clinical Research Network MedTech Lead. Paul has led on the development and implementation of national technology networks that focus on the development and adoption of technology for paediatrics and child health through private and public sector collaboration to ensure children and young people receive the best and most advanced healthcare. Paul currently works at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as a Professor of Child Health, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology, and Director of Research and Innovation.

Nathaniel Mills

Nathaniel Mills

Programme Manager

Nathaniel Mills works across both NIHR CYP MedTech and NIHR D4D MedTech as Paediatric Programme Manager. Nathaniel is a trained nurse and prior to his role with NIHR CYP MedTech was the lead nurse for the South Yorkshire Clinical Research Network (Now CRN: Yorkshire and Humber). His passion and drive for this role comes from the belief that children and families should be at the centre of medtech development, and that openness, honesty, and transparency within innovation leads to good outcomes.

Dr Philippa Howsley

Dr Philippa Howsley

Project Manager

Dr Philippa Howsley is the NIHR CYP MedTech Project Manager for the Rare Diseases, Cancer, and Transition themes. Prior to joining NIHR CYP MedTech, Philippa worked as a Clinical Researcher at Sheffield Children’s Hospital investigating how psychological wellbeing affects young people’s transition from paediatric to adult health services. Philippa has over 11 years’ experience conducting and managing research studies in academic, clinical, and educational settings.

Dr Clare Bartlett

Dr Clare Bartlett

Project Manager

Dr Clare Bartlett is the NIHR CYP MedTech Project Manager for the Ventilation, Surgery, and Epilepsy, Movement and Muscle Disorders themes. Prior to joining NIHR CYP MedTech, Clare worked as both Project Manager and Research Manager at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and has managed multiple collaborative research projects in academia, industry, and healthcare in both England and Canada for over 12 years. These research projects have helped to find innovative therapies and improved diagnostic pathways for neurodegenerative disorders, metabolic disorders, cancer, pain, and rare diseases.

Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson

Project Manager

Tom Hodgkinson is the NIHR CYP MedTech Project Manager for the Ventilation, Surgery, and Epilepsy, Movement, and Muscle Disorders themes. Prior to joining NIHR CYP MedTech, Tom worked in clinical laboratories for NHS Blood and Transplant and the Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service based at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. At Sheffield Children’s, Tom predominantly worked in developing and delivering Next-Generation Sequencing services for diagnostic testing of NHS patients, aiding in the diagnosis of many rare diseases and inherited cancers.

Abigail Needham

Abigail Needham

Business Development and Project Manager

Abigail Needham is a Business Development and Project Manager, working across NIHR CYP MedTech, NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech, and NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre. Abigail is a trained physiotherapist, and prior to joining NIHR CYP MedTech worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Abigail has over 12 years’ experience working as a sales representative and account manager across numerous health areas, including diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory (asthma, COPD), and vaccines.

Jenny Preston

Jenny Preston

Patient and Public Involvement Lead

Jenny Preston joined the NIHR Clinical Research Network in 2005 as a full-time Consumer Liaison Officer for the Medicines for Children Research Network. For 13 years, Jenny’s main role has been to develop and implement a strategy for involving children, young people, parents and carers in all aspects of health research to ensure the inclusion of a lay perspective in the design and delivery of paediatric research. Jenny set up and currently supports a National Young Persons’ Advisory Group called GenerationR Alliance, which has enabled hundreds of young people to have a voice in research design and delivery across the UK and internationally.

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