Sheffield is set to host the first Child Health Technology conference (CHT2020) in the UK in May 2020. This pioneering conference will bring together healthcare professionals, industry, engineers, designers, academics, and patient representatives around one of the most exciting and fast moving fields in healthcare today. With an impressive speaker line up across two days, the fully immersive innovation hub offers delegates a showcase of all the latest devices in child health technology.

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. 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 life time. The £20m investment into the centre could return up to £200m to the NHS in the future.

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.”

Our conference in 2020 will be the first gathering of specialists, innovators, and young people committed to the development of the world’s best healthcare for children and young people. At a time when long term conditions in childhood affect millions of children and cost the NHS billions of pounds annually, it’s critical to create more opportunity for cross disciplinary networking and collaboration.”

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)

CHT2020 is being organised by NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Cooperative and Marketing Sheffield. The conference is event managed by Sheffield company, Event Management Direct. The conference is taking place at Cutlers’ Hall Sheffield on the 20th and 21st May 2020. Registration is now open at www.childhealthtechnology.com.

(Link for promotional video on the Centre for Child Health Technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zUAmMiHHE8).

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