//Sheffield to host UK’s first Child Health Technology conference

Published 2nd March 2020 at 2:08pm

Sheffield has plans to host the first Child Health Technology conference (CHT2020) in the UK, which will be held 20-21 May 2020, at the Cutler’s Hall.

The conference will bring together healthcare professionals, industry, engineers, designers, academics and patient representatives from around the UK and the world who are involved with one of the most exciting and fast-moving fields in healthcare today. The event has an impressive speaker line up across two days, offering delegates a showcase of all the latest devices in child health technology.

Speakers at the conference include Professor Russell Viner (President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), Karen Livingstone (NHS England), David Cole (IBM Watson Health) and Gareth Presch (CEO and Founder, World Health Innovation Summit).

The launch of the conference is perfectly timed as plans for the Centre for Child Health Technology (CCHT) start to gather momentum. The centre, hailed by global industry leaders as the first of its kind in the world, is set to change the future of healthcare. Recent research shows that for every £1 invested in child health, the return is more than £10 to society over a lifetime. The £20m investment into the centre could return up to £200m to the NHS in the future.

The conference’s founder and Professor of Child Health at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Professor Paul Dimitri, has been the driving force behind the emergence of Sheffield as a centre of excellence in child health technology.

Professor Dimitri said, “Children truly matter. Sheffield Children’s Hospital has networks to provide foundation and expertise to accelerate adoption of technologies developed at CCHT and drive child health technology in the NHS. The CCHT will become the platform for the UK to be the world leader in child health technology.”

CHT2020 is being organised by NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Cooperative and Marketing Sheffield. Registration is now open at www.childhealthtechnology.com.