Developing a paediatric healthcare research network: key learnings from the 'Starworks' child prosthetics project

Needham, A, Wheeler, G, Mills, N and Head, J ORCID: 2022, 'Developing a paediatric healthcare research network: key learnings from the 'Starworks' child prosthetics project' , Journal of medical engineering & technology , pp. 1-9.

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The context of child prosthetics is a complex and important area for research and innovation. Yet, like many areas of paediatric medical technology development, there are several barriers to innovating specifically for the unique needs of children (i.e., a relatively small patient population or 'market'). As such, much child prosthetics technology is developed from the downsizing of adult prosthetics, leading to suboptimal outcomes for children and young people. Since 2016, the Starworks Child Prosthetics Research Network has been exploring this space, bringing children and their families together with key opinion leaders from the NHS, clinical Academia and leading National Research Centres with capabilities in child prosthetics with the aim of increasing research across the system. Above all else, Starworks is centred on the needs of children and their families, ensuring they have an equal voice in driving the ongoing research agenda. This article will share key learnings from the creation and development of the Starworks Network that may be applicable and/or adaptable across a wider paediatric medical technology research and innovation landscape. In particular it will discuss how it addressed three key aims of; (1) Addressing child-specific issues; (2) Building a sustainable network; and (3) Fostering impactful innovation.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of medical engineering & technology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1464-522x
Funders: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 08:34
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2022 08:34

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