Technology and Innovation Transforming Child Health

TITCH is a national healthcare technology network that is dedicated to the development of technology solutions to help improve children’s healthcare. This is achieved by focusing on the identification of areas of unmet need where new technology could have an impact for child health. TITCH also identifies where innovative technologies can lead to best clinical practice and stimulates the adoption of these across the TITCH network.

Sheffield Hallam University (through Lab4Living) is an academic partner of this network along with the ‘Big 5′ Children’s Hospitals in England (Alder Hey, Birmingham, Great Ormond St, Royal Manchester and Sheffield), most of the NIHR HTC’s (Devices for Dignity, MindTech, Brain Injury, WoundTec and Cardiovascular) and industry representatives Medilink and TrustTech.

TITCH focuses on 4 key areas:

  • Evaluation – to facilitate the evaluation of a device or technology through the expert network.
  • Collaboration – offers the opportunity for network collaboration in the development of new technologies from validation of need to active collaboration on projects
  • Early adopter – TITCH can facilitate the identification of early adopter sites which may have an interest in a specific new technology.
  • Market ready – showcases devices that have gone through the process and are now commercially available.

The idea for a national consortium approach to paediatric technology innovation has been developed to address the problems associated with the niche and often neglected market for technology in this field. The consortium will provide a platform for the essential multi-stakeholder relationships required to ensure that the very best products are developed and commercialised for the benefit of our children and families.

Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University,
Furnival Building, 153 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU
Phone 0114 225 6753 | Fax 0114 225 6931