Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs)

Our Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs) are centres of expertise that work collaboratively with industry to: 

  • act as a catalyst for NHS 'pull' for the development of new medical device concepts, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions
  • focus on clinical areas and/or themes of high morbidity, which have high potential to improve treatments and quality of life for NHS patients and the effectiveness of healthcare services that support them
  • work collaboratively with patients and patient groups, charities, industry and academics.

Building on an HTC pilot scheme, the NIHR funded eight HTCs from 1 January 2013 through a £6.4 million investment over four years.

The two pilot HTCs - Devices for Dignity (D4D) and Enteric - were funded in 2008 by the NIHR, through the Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme in partnership with Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), EPSRC and MRC.

Each HTC focuses on a specific condition as detailed in the table below.

 

Name

Name including host organisation

Research theme

Funding

NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative

NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative for Brain Injury at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Several theme areas around brain injury of acquired and developmental origin across the acute care pathway: acute care including bedside monitoring, imaging, stem cells, genomic profiling and biomarkers

£800,000

NIHR Cardiovascular Healthcare Technology Co-operative

NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative for Cardiovascular Disease at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Four themes: Artherosclerosis, Cardiac arrhythmias, Heart failure and structural heart disease

£789,089

NIHR Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technology Co-operative

NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative for Colorectal Therapies at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Minimally invasive therapies for colorectal disease with three themes: Engineering, nanotechnology, biosensing

£791,367

NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative 

NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative 

Urinary incontinence and management, renal technologies, assistive and rehabilitative technologies

£800,000

NIHR Enteric Healthcare Technology Co-operative

NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative for Gastrointestinal Disease at Barts Health NHS Trust 

Including prevention of stoma complications, neuromodulation for faecal incontinence, novel diagnostics to stratify chronic GI disease, improved safety and effectiveness of GI surgery 

£800,000

NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative

NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative for Mental Health at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Mental Health and neurodevelopmental disorders

£799,640

NIHR Trauma Management Healthcare Technology Co-operative

NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative for Trauma Management at University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Four clinical themes, which mirror the patient journey: Immediate Care, Secondary Care, Regeneration, Rehabilitation

£799,985

 

NIHR WoundTec Healthcare Technology Co-operative

NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative for Wound Prevention and Treatment at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Wound management - patient led centralised wound research strategy

£800,000

Further Information:

NIHR briefing document