NIHR Investment in Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration

On the 20th September 2016, the Department of Health announced a total of £1.5M funding for child prosthetic research and technology. As part of the investment, £750,000 of NIHR funding is to be used to speed up the development of new prosthetic technologies specifically for children.

The national Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration will bring together clinicians, academics and industry partners so that innovations and research into child prosthetics can be brought to the NHS more quickly and to a greater scale. It will identify the needs of patients and work to speed up the development of cutting-edge technologies and approaches to meet these needs. It is being led by the Sheffield-based organisation NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-Operative (HTC).

Industry Survey

Alongside the collaborating partners, TRUSTECH has created a survey aimed at industry in order to understand and identify the needs from within the prosthetic industry to stimulate new research and collaborations, accelerate new development and raise the profile of the prosthetics community. This work will focus on understanding not only the current and future industry needs/requirements, but also current areas of excellence and barriers to implementation.

The research conducted also aims to help influence future funding calls with identified unmet needs and will seek to select companies/organisations to the Child Prosthetics Programme. Additionally, this research is keen to gather the thoughts of industry on the challenges faced when developing products that can adapt to the ongoing development and growth of the child amputee.  We are keen to understand the challenges of developing products with the capability to adapt to changes in height, comfort and movement control in order to maintain posture and comfort and protect against the risk of musculoskeletal deformation.

We are also keen to understand how industry is developing products for the child amputee that enable ongoing participation in a variety of activities and typical childhood pursuits.

Please find the survey here.

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