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HealthTech Research Centre Network established

By May 21, 2024No Comments

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has awarded £5 million for an NIHR HealthTech Research Centre Network, hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, from 1 September 2024.

The Network will provide coordination and leadership for the NIHR HealthTech Research Centres (HRCs), supporting the development, evaluation and adoption of innovative health and care technology to support people to live healthier, better quality lives.

The HealthTech Research Centres were awarded almost £42 million NIHR funding from 1 April 2024 to drive life-changing research into health and care technologies.

The 14 HRCs work with companies to develop, evaluate and validate health and care technology to enable people to better monitor their health, diagnose ill health soon and improve the management of conditions.

The Network will work closely with the 14 HRCs to provide:

  • strategic collaboration between the HRCs and the health and care research system to support the rapid development and adoption of innovations from industry
  • coordination and leadership of cross-HRC initiatives, ensuring the HRCs act cohesively as a national research infrastructure for health technology development
  • proactive support for industry to work with the HRCs to develop innovations which benefit patients, the public and the health and care system
  • a focal point to facilitate links with national partners including MHRA, NICE and NHS England

The Network will also be responsible for driving a collective approach towards:

  • building capacity for the development and evaluation of health technologies
  • patient and public involvement, engagement and participation
  • research inclusion
  • identifying and addressing health inequalities
  • methodology to support pragmatic generation of evidence for medical devices, diagnostics and digital health and care technologies
  • promoting the HRCs to industry, including SMEs, and providing guidance on developing healthtech to benefit patients within the health and care system, particularly the NHS

The Network will extend across England with a senior leadership team drawn from NHS Trusts in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford and Devon.

Ben Kemp