A list of potential priorities in trauma are being created, ahead of a Prioritisation Workshop on Wednesday October 24.
Key partners of the NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Co-operative, which launched in January 2018, have been contacted by email, to answer the question “What are you top three trauma care needs that are likely to benefit from a dedicated technical solution?”
The selected topics will be brought to the Prioritisation Workshop, when participants will discuss and agree which are the immediate priorities. Those topics will then be put forward to potential funders such as the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and brought to the attention of researchers and medical device manufacturers to initiate collaborations to find solutions to the unmet clinical needs.
The deadline for ideas is 5pm on Friday 21 September. If you would like to submit your ideas, please email TraumaMIC@uhb.nhs.uk
Participants are also welcome for the Prioritisation Workshop, which will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, from 10am to 4pm. There are limited spaces, and we want to canvass a broad range of perspectives from among the trauma community. Anyone interested in attending the workshop should contact TraumaMIC@uhb.nhs.uk by 21 September. It would be helpful if you could indicate whether you are a representative of a specific professional group, or a patient or carer association, in your response.
The final topics will be sent out to participants during the week beginning 15 October, so those attending the workshop will have time to review and think about them in advance.
|PLEASE READ THIS GUIDE BEFORE MAKING YOUR SUGGESTIONS
What do we mean by unmet need?
· We mean any area in the trauma pathway where you feel that current clinical practice or available technology does not appear to deliver optimum care to the patient; where faster assessment of the patient (acute or in follow up) would benefit both patient and healthcare professional; or where reducing the workload would allow the healthcare professional to focus on critical tasks.
What do we mean by technical solution?
We mean areas that would benefit from a new medical device, new technology or a digital solution (software or apps). The solutions could range from very simple (easier opened packaging, colour to improve visualisation) to highly technical (powered limbs). The remit of the Centre does not include the development of medicines (but could include delivery mechanisms, or dressings) and may also include service improvements.
What kind of suggestions are we looking for?
· Three suggestions maximum.
· You can make suggestions at different levels:
o A very broad area: e.g. ‘artificial intelligence in trauma care’
o A particular theme or issue: e.g. ‘therapeutic or device intervention to protect organs after trauma’
o A specific trauma area: e.g. ‘preventing damage to the lungs of patients on ventilation’
· If you suggest very broad areas, we may need to do some further work to clarify what the specific focus or issue might be within that area before it can be included in the prioritisation process.
· A sentence or two about why you have suggested the particular topic or service would be useful to have, to help us understand the reasoning behind your suggestions.