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TITCH NETWORK

A national network dedicated to transforming child health through technology and innovation

ABOUT

MISSION

The TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) Network is a national network of experts dedicated to transforming child health through technology and innovation.

The TITCH Network was established in 2014 to address common problems in child health technology: 

    1. A lack of health technology designed specifically for children and young people.
    2. Health technology is often designed for adults and repurposed for children and young people. 
    3. Many technologies used in paediatric healthcare do not account for the anatomical and physiological changes that occur throughout childhood and adolescence.
    4. The fragmented approach to developing and evaluating child health technology across the UK.
 
 Find out about the TITCH Network’s objectives below.

MEMBERS

The TITCH Network is comprised of experts across the UK seeking to support the development, evaluation, and adoption of child health technology.

Members of the TITCH Network have a diverse range of backgrounds, including health care, education, academia, industry, patient representation, NHS research and development, and NIHR infrastructure.

Find out about joining the TITCH Network below.

OBJECTIVES

IDENTIFY AND VALIDATE UNMET NEEDS

The TITCH Network works with health care professionals, children, young people, families, and other stakeholders across the country to identify and validate unmet needs in child health.

FACILITATE COLLABORATIONS

The TITCH Network is a network of experts with a broad range of professions. TITCH is therefore able to facilitate tailored collaborations between the right stakeholders to develop and evaluate innovations for child health.

CHILD, YOUNG PERSON, AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

The TITCH Network works closely with patient and public involvement groups across the UK to ensure innovations in child health are fit for purpose and wanted by the end users. Our ethos is to ensure that health technology for children and young people is developed with children and young people.

DEVELOP AND EVALUATE CHILD HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

The TITCH Network works across health care, NIHR infrastructure, industry, academia, and education, enabling the rapid development, evaluation, and adoption of child health technology.

INFLUENCE FUNDING CALLS

The TITCH Network works closely with funding bodies and is able to influence funding calls where there is an obvious unmet need in child health.

IDENTIFY AMBASSADORS AND CLINICAL CHAMPIONS

The TITCH Network identifies and appoints individuals or organisations as ambassadors or clinical champions to drive forward an innovation for child health.

PROCESS

The TITCH Network focuses on identifying and validating unmet needs and ideas for innovation in child health. The various stages involved in our innovation pathway and the ways in which we can provide input and support are outlined below.

STAGE ONE IDENTIFY

UNMET NEED

Observe an unmet need in child health. Unmet needs can be identified by anyone, regardless of profession or age.

IDEA FOR INNOVATION

Think of an idea for an innovation that may solve an unmet need in child health. Ideas for innovation can be suggested by anyone, regardless of profession or age.

STAGE TWO SUBMIT

SUBMIT FORM

Complete one of our forms to let us know about an unmet need or idea for innovation.

STAGE THREE VALIDATE

OTHER PEOPLE

Speak to other people in similar situations to find out if they have the same unmet need.

TRENDS

Review and monitor known unmet needs to identify potential trends.

SCOPING

Conduct a scoping exercise to find out if an innovation already exists that addresses the unmet need.

STAKEHOLDERS & END USERS

Share the idea for innovation with stakeholders and end users (e.g. clinical teams, NHS commissioners, children, young people, families) to find out if they think it is a good idea.

PROTECTION

Conduct preliminary searches to find out if there is any protection, such as intellectual property, that may prevent the innovation from being developed.

STAGE FOUR OUTCOME

PROJECT

If the unmet need can be validated, the unmet need can progress into an innovation project. This is likely to include:
1. Establishing a project team
2. Applying for funding
3. Prototype development
4. Clinical evaluation
5. Health economics
6. Protection

SHARE

In some circumstances, one of our partner organisations may be better equipped to progress the innovation. For example, if a product is almost ready for NHS adoption, one of the Academic Health Science Networks may be better resourced to continue the project.

PAUSE

If the unmet need cannot be validated, it may not be appropriate to continue progressing the innovation. The unmet need may be a local problem that needs a bespoke solution.

ACHIEVEMENTS

£3.1 MILLION LEVERAGED FROM SBRI HEALTHCARE

The TITCH Network worked closely with SBRI Healthcare, NHS England, and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network to leverage £3.1 million of SBRI Healthcare grant funding dedicated to child health technology. This SBRI Healthcare funding call focused specifically on independence and restoring function to children with long term conditions, and providing support for self-care and remote monitoring.

SUPPORT FOR NIHR MICs

The TITCH Network supports the paediatric themes within the NIHR MedTech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs). There are 11 MICs, each with a different focus. The MICs aims to build expertise and capacity in the NHS to develop and evaluate new medical technologies and in vitro diagnostic tests.

NIHR CYP MEDTECH

The TITCH Network demonstrated the need for a funded organisation solely dedicated to developing and evaluating child health technology. In January 2018, the NIHR funded the only MIC dedicated to child health technology, NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative (NIHR CYP MedTech).

STARWORKS

The TITCH Network teamed up with NIHR Devices for Dignity and Sheffield Hallam University to secure funding from the Department of Health for the Starworks Innovation Programme. Starworks aims to accelerate the translation of new inventions and developments in child prosthetics into everyday use for children and young people with limb loss.

OVER 100 UNMET NEEDS IDENTIFIED

The TITCH Network has identified over 100 unmet clinical needs through extensive networks and numerous events with healthcare professionals, industry experts, children and young people, parents/carers, and academics.

OVER 40 MEMBERS

The TITCH Network has grown substantially over the last few years, and now comprises over 40 members with expertise in a broad range of professions, including paediatric medicine, paediatric surgery, community medicine, general practice, allied health professions, small and medium sized enterprises, large corporations, academia, design, engineering, education, and patient/parent/carer representation.

INDUSTRY AMBASSADOR

TOOKIE LTD

The TITCH Network is delighted to announce that an Industry Ambassador role has been awarded to long-term collaborator, Tookie Ltd.

The Industry Ambassador role has been created to enable industry to better understand how to innovate within the field of child health technology. 

The role will highlight the value of collaboration and the importance of co-design with children, young people, families, and NHS clinical teams.

Steve Tooke, Commercial Director of Tookie Ltd, presenting at the NIHR about Tookie’s journey from idea to NHS adoption.

CONNECT

SUBMIT UNMET NEED

Complete this form to let us know about an unmet need in child health.

SUPPORT FOR INNOVATION

Complete this form to let us know about an idea for innovation in child health and the support you would like from the TITCH Network.

JOIN THE TITCH NETWORK

Complete this form if you'd like to enquire about joining the TITCH Network. We're keen to hear from anyone with an interest in or experience of child health or technology, including young people and parents/carers.

CONTACT US

Contact us via email or twitter and one of our team will be in touch shortly.

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