The support we can offer, how to collaborate with us, and our innovation pathway
SUPPORT WE CAN OFFER
IDENTIFICATION AND VALIDATION OF UNMET NEEDS
We work with healthcare professionals and patients across the country to identify and validate unmet clinical needs in child health. You can let us know about an unmet need using our collaboration request form.
We focus on developing child health technology in seven themes, each led by expert clinicians around the UK. We work very closely with our Theme Leads to ensure we develop innovations that address validated unmet needs.
We can advise on the regulatory guidance and intellectual property required for various medical technologies.
ACCESS TO THE TITCH NETWORK
We run the Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) network. TITCH is a network of experts that are dedicated to developing technology solutions across all health specialities to improve child health. We can support innovations through the TITCH Network where appropriate.
Please complete our collaboration request form to tell us about unmet needs, ideas for innovation, or innovations in development. All collaboration requests are treated as strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties without your express permission.
Observe an unmet need in child health. Unmet needs can be identified by anyone, regardless of profession or age.
Identify an idea for innovation that addresses an unmet need in child health. Ideas for innovation can be suggested by anyone, regardless of profession or age.
STAGE TWO REQUEST
SUBMIT COLLABORATION REQUEST
Complete our collaboration request form to let us know about an unmet need, idea for innovation, or early stage innovation. Please read our guidance carefully before submitting a collaboration request to ensure it is within our remit.
STAGE THREE VALIDATE
Speak to other people in similar situations to find out if they have the same unmet need.
Review and monitor known unmet needs to identify potential trends.
Conduct a scoping exercise to find out if an innovation already exists that addresses the unmet need.
STAKEHOLDERS & END USERS
Engage with stakeholders and end users (e.g. clinical teams, NHS commissioners, children, young people, families) to find out if they think the innovation is a good idea.
Conduct preliminary searches to find out if there is any protection, such as intellectual property, that may prevent the innovation from being developed.
STAGE FOUR OUTCOME
If there is a clear need for innovation, we can support the unmet need or innovation as a project. This is likely to include:
1. Establishing a project team
2. Applying for funding
3. Prototype development
4. Clinical evaluation
5. Health economics
In some circumstances, one of our partner organisations may be better equipped to progress the innovation. For example, if a product is almost ready for NHS adoption, one of the Academic Health Science Networks may be better resourced to continue the project.
If the unmet need cannot be validated or if similar innovations already exist, it may not be appropriate to continue progressing the innovation.
Do you have an unmet need, an idea for innovation, or would like some more information?