The Trauma MIC is hosted by and located in University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). UHB is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a regional, national and international population. It includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic. A number of smaller satellite units are also run by UHB, allowing people to be treated as close to home as possible. UHB typically sees and treats more than 2.2 million people every year across all sites.
Being hosted by UHB provides access to a large range of healthcare professionals (HCPs) including surgeons, consultants, nurses and AHPs. UHB staff are well positioned to provide support within our Trauma remit due to UHBs Level 1 trauma centre status. Additionally, UHB hosts the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and thus has access to military personnel for relevant projects.
Clinical scenarios to test medical device usability are simulated and involve healthcare professionals specific to the product’s end user and market. Relevant staff from UHB are invited to participate in our usability studies to provide invaluable feedback on devices in development; this feedback and healthcare perspective is vital to inform design and ensure human factors engineering is considered at all stages of product development along with clinical need.
Additionally, we provide match-making between industry and relevant staff. For example, we provide clinical contacts to industry to support grant applications. If this is of interest, please email TraumaMIC@uhb.nhs.uk
Furthermore, we are keen to work with and support healthcare professionals from both UHB and nationally. If you are a HCP and have an unmet need or a potential medical device to address an unmet need please submit.