ABOUT US

Who we are and what we offer

NIHR CYP MedTech is a national organisation committed to developing paediatric medical technology in health areas with high disease burden and clear unmet needs.

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 is frequently repurposed from adult technology, leading to sub-optimal outcomes and an increased risk of complications. The development of paediatric medical technology is also often sporadic, localised, and duplicated between regions.

NIHR CYP MedTech aims to address these problems by being the centre of expertise for paediatric medical technology in the NHS.

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 11 MICs were established in January 2018 to catalyse the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies, and technology-dependent interventions in the NHS.

NIHR CYP MedTech is the only dedicated paediatric MIC.

WHAT WE OFFER

Identification and validation of unmet needs

We work with health care professionals and patients across the country to identify and validate unmet clinical needs in child health.

Input from children, young people, and families

Our ethos is to ensure that children, young people, and families are involved at every step of the innovation pathway.

Advice from our expert clinical theme leads

We focus on developing medical technology in seven themes, each led by expert clinicians around the UK.

Access to NHS and NIHR infrastructure

We work across NHS and NIHR infrastructure, and are one of the 11 NIHR MedTech and In vitro Co-operatives (MICs).

Facilitate collaborations between stakeholders

We have extensive networks across health care, industry, and academia, and can help you find the right people to collaborate with.

Advice and guidance on securing funding

We are highly experienced in securing funding, and can advise on and support funding applications.

Access to the TITCH network

We run the Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) network. TITCH is a national network of experts that are dedicated to developing technology solutions across all health specialities to improve child health.

Access to the national paediatric technology test bed

We host the only dedicated NHS paediatric technology test bed. The test bed supports the rapid clinical evaluation of child health technologies.

Project management and support

We have extensive experience of overseeing projects, and can provide project management and support.

CORE TEAM

Professor Paul Dimitri
Director

Professor Paul Dimitri is the Director of the NIHR CYP MedTech and the Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network. 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. 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.

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 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
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 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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