ABOUT US

We are the only NIHR MIC dedicated to paediatrics and child health

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.

NIHR CYP MEDTECH

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.

THEMES

NIHR CYP MedTech focuses on early stage technology development and prioritises innovations that fit within our seven themes. Each theme is led by one or two leading clinicians based at various NHS Trusts across England. Our seven themes are:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy, Movement, and Muscle Disorders
  • Neonatal Technologies
  • Rare Diseases
  • Respiratory and Sleep
  • Surgical Technologies
  • Transition (cross-cutting theme)

We can support innovations outside of these themes through the TITCH Network.

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 Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative 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 Cancer, Transition, and Respiratory, Sleep, and Ventilation themes. Prior to joining NIHR CYP MedTech, Philippa worked as a Research Psychologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital investigating how psychological wellbeing affects young people’s transition from paediatric to adult health services. Philippa has over 12 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 Surgery, Neonatal, 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.

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.

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