NIHR CYP MedTech is dedicated to the development of paediatric medical technology in health areas with high disease burden and clear unmet needs

Our Story

Children and young people require bespoke and versatile medical technology that addresses changes in their anatomy and physiology throughout development.

Despite this, paediatric medical technology development has often been repurposed from adult technology, leading to sub-optimal outcomes and increased risk of complications. In addition, the development of paediatric medical technology is often sporadic, localised, and duplicated between regions.

The Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) network was established in 2014. The TITCH network aims to identify unmet needs in paediatric healthcare and facilitate collaborations between experts and patients to develop technology that address these unmet needs.

TITCH identified a significant number of unmet needs in health areas of high disease burden, establishing the need for a dedicated paediatric medtech co-operative.

NIHR CYP MedTech was established as a national organisation dedicated to developing paediatric medical technology in health areas with high disease burden and clear unmet needs.

Through a series of workshops and our experience with the TITCH network, we identified six health areas to focus on: (1) epilepsy, movement, and muscle disorders; (2) ventilation; (3) respiratory and sleep disorders; (4) rare diseases; (5) surgical technologies; and (6) cancer. Transition from paediatric to adult health services is our seventh cross cutting theme.

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) in January 2018.

The 11 MICs act as catalysts within the NHS for the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies, and technology-dependent interventions.

What We Offer

  • A dedicated paediatric health care technology group established to facilitate collaborations between stakeholders to accelerate paediatric technology development
  • Identification and validation of unmet needs in child health to support the targeted development of paediatric technology at scale
  • Guidance and expertise in grant writing, project management, and project support
  • We work across the NHS and NIHR infrastructure to collaborate with children and families, health care professionals, academics, industry experts, and funders





Meet the Core Team

Professor Paul Dimitri
Clinical Director

Professor Paul Dimitri is the Director of the NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Co-operative, and the Clinical Director for the National Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network. Paul has led on the development and implementation of national technology networks that specifically 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 and to drive long-term sustainable change in the health sector. Paul currently works at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as a Professor of Child Health, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Director of Research & Innovation. Paul is also the NIHR Clinical Research Network National Children’s Specialty Lead providing strategic direction and leadership for 15 regional clinical research networks for children, the Divisional Lead for the NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Research Network.

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 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
Project Manager

Dr Philippa Howsley is the NIHR CYP MedTech Project Manager for the Rare Diseases, Cancer, and Transition themes. Prior to joining 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 10 years’ experience conducting research studies in academic, clinical, and educational settings focusing on mental health and brain development in children, adolescents, and young adults.

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 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.

Abigail Needham
Business Development Manager

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

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 (MCRN). 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 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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