The University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded £3 million by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to establish a new HealthTech Research Centre (HRC).
The five-year award will support the development and evaluation of innovative health technologies and diagnostics designed to improve patient care in community settings. Researchers will collaborate with industry, healthcare professionals and patient groups to identify unmet needs, generate evidence to support the adoption of beneficial technologies, and accelerate their translation into clinical practice.
The funding is part of a broader initiative by the NIHR, which has allocated almost £42 million to establish 14 new centres across England.
We are thrilled to receive this substantial award from the NIHR to drive forward health technology innovation and evaluation,” said “It will enable our world-leading researchers to have an even greater impact by getting effective technologies to patients more quickly - Professor Gail Hayward, Director of the Oxford HRC
The NIHR Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust HRC will build on the successful work of the previous NIHR Community Healthcare MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative, integrating the evaluation of health technologies into real-world primary and community care. Key focus areas will include cancer and improving access to care for underserved populations.