Date: 20 September 2016
As part of a £1.5 million investment, the Department of Health has announced £750,000 of NIHR funding to speed up the development of new prosthetic technologies specifically for children.
The funding will help to establish a new collaboration to bring together leading national research centres with key experts from the NHS, industry, clinical academia and patients.
The NIHR Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration will be led by the NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) based in Sheffield. It will include partnership working between other existing NIHR HTCs - centres of expertise that work collaboratively with industry to develop healthcare technology interventions to improve treatment for patients.
The collaboration will facilitate research projects involving relevant clinical and academic networks in order to attract the leading talent, ideas and collaborations in child prosthetics research. It will identify the needs of patients and work to speed up the development of cutting edge technologies and approaches to meet these needs.
The research will be led by clinicians with the direct involvement of children and their families.
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said:
“Every child should be able to participate in sport. Team GB has surpassed everyone’s expectations at this year’s Paralympics with a record medal haul.
“Investing £1.5 million in the latest child prosthetic research and technology will ensure hundreds more children have access to sports prosthetics and help support every child who either has been born without a limb or who has lost a limb to lead an active life.
“I hope that some will become part of the next generation of Team GB Paralympians.”
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