Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to host national HealthTech Research Centre Network

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen to host a new government-funded national HealthTech Research Centre (HRC) network, which will support the development of innovations for care of conditions including cancer, mental health, neurodegeneration and dementia, ageing, respiratory disease and cardiovascular conditions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) HRC network will identify and influence national health technology priorities to advance innovation across the UK. It will also give national leadership and coordination to 14 newly-established HRCs from September 1, 2024. Based at NHS organisations across the country, these HRCs came into force in April and were awarded almost £42 million to drive life-changing research into healthcare technologies for the next five years.

The new network is funded by an additional £5m investment from the NIHR, and will also convene an industry advisory committee to maximise collaboration with industry to exploit the potential of new health technologies and their benefits to patients and the NHS.

The funding to host the HRC network was awarded to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following a competitive bid developed in collaboration with other NHS trusts across England that are hosting HRCs, including trusts in Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford and Devon.

Picture: Professor Wendy Tindale OBE.

See the full report on page 22 of the June 2024 issue of RAD Magazine.

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