About the Healthcare Science Innovation Fellowship

Last Updated: 24th September 2020

What is the Fellowship and who is involved?

Background

Technological solutions are a key component to meeting the challenges facing the NHS and the changing society in which we live. Safe and effective technologies together with the adoption of innovative solutions at pace and scale are essential for patient benefit and to keep healthcare operating at the limits of science.

Healthcare Scientists need to be given the “tools to do the job” in terms of healthcare technology management techniques, to lead developing and implementing evolving technologies and innovative solutions. The Fellowship scheme will build system capacity to increase medical device regulatory and standards expertise and innovation capabilities for the introduction of appropriate technologies to benefit cancer patients in primary or secondary care settings. With prevalence of cancer forecast to increase, the Cancer Workforce Plan has recognised the potential for scientific and technological innovations to transform care.
Partnering the proven innovation expertise of the NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative with candidates keen to develop their innovation skillset, the Fellowship programme offers an experiential framework where skills are built and real-world examples are tested.

Delivery partners

This work will be undertaken in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England and Improvement (CSO) and the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and be delivered by NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative (D4D), an organisation embedded within the NHS and successfully catalysing medical technology innovation since 2008.

D4D work with people living with long-term conditions (across the life course from very young children to older adults) and bring together teams to catalyse technology development in response to unmet needs, which, if addressed, will deliver the most impact for patients, carers and health & social care. D4D projects begin with a holistic assessment of functional limitations and challenges that arise from living with long term conditions. Often health conditions are managed in isolation, which is not always effective for patients in identifying the most suitable technology to help them. D4D recognise the challenges of overlapping complications of illnesses on quality of life and the ability to live, work and function independently.