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Sheffield Children’s proudly hosts the UK’s first Child Health Technology Conference

Paul Dimitri at the hospital with colourful background and stethoscope
16 February 2021

Child Health Technology Conference March 2021

The UK’s first Child Health Technology Conference is being held next month, bringing together some of the country’s top experts in healthcare, technology, academia and computer science with a shared goal of improving the health and care of children and young people.

The conference, founded by Professor of Child Health at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Paul Dimitri, will showcase the latest in child health technology, and help create collaborations between professionals and patient representatives to drive future innovation.

Originally the event was due to be hosted in Sheffield, but COVID-19 restrictions mean it is now being held virtually between 2 and 5 March.

Sheffield Children’s Professor Paul Dimitri said: “At Sheffield Children’s we focus on helping children and young people now, as well as looking at how we can do more to improve their care in the future. This conference will help healthcare professionals harness the same vision and to shape the future of technology’s place in the treatment and care of children and young people.

“Sheffield hosts networks that provide the foundation and expertise to accelerate adoption of technologies. This includes our plans for the National Centre for Child Health Technology (CCHT) which will be based in Sheffield and further drive child health technology in the NHS. The conference will become the platform for the UK to be the world leader in child health technology.

“In Sheffield and across the country, I have worked for many years with colleagues building networks and this is a fantastic culmination of academics, healthcare professionals and many more individuals and organisations from across the globe who are committed to developing 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.”

The launch of the conference follows plans for the National Centre for Child Health Technology (CCHT) in Sheffield. The centre, hailed by global industry leaders as the first of its kind in the world, is set to change the future of healthcare. It will focus on key national strategic priorities including obesity, mental health, long-term conditions, prevention, disability and cancer  The £20m investment into the centre could return up to £200m to the NHS in the future.

The conference, originally planned to be face-to-face in 2020 and now held on a virtual platform, welcomes brilliant speakers such as:

  • Dr Louise Wood CBE (Director of Science, Research, and Evidence, Department of Health and Social Care)
  • Professor Tony Young (National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England)
  • Liz Ashall-Payne (Founder and CEO, ORCHA)
  • David Cole (Head of Business Development and Innovation EMEA, IBM Watson Health)
  • Gareth Presch (Founder and CEO, World Health Innovation Summit).

The conference will also feature talks from patient advocates with lived experience as well as professional experts in patient involvement and co-design.

CHT2021 is being organised by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Children and Young People MedTech Cooperative and Marketing Sheffield. The conference is event managed by Sheffield company, Event Management Direct. Registration is now open at

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