Our key stakeholders
To be successful in our aims we work with a diverse set of people and groups, leveraging a range of experience.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTFT) is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK and alongside King’s College Hospital, South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM), and King’s College London (KCL), form Kings Healthcare Partners (KHP) one of six designated Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) by the Department of Health and Social Care. GSTFT hosts regional Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Units with a diverse range of specialist cardiology and cardiac surgical services. Evelina London Children’s hospital ELCH is a constituent of GSTFT and one of two major specialist children’s hospitals in London and the Southeast. The Evelina has a large paediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery unit providing a comprehensive range of diagnostics and treatments run by research focused clinicians. GSTFT hosts one of the five original NIHR comprehensive Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs), with Cardiovascular and Imaging & Bioengineering being two of the major themes. In addition, GSTFT also hosts the NIHR funded Clinical Research Facility (CRF) for Experimental Medicine, which includes a large Imaging CRF with a cardiovascular focus.
King’s College London University
King’s College London (KCL) is a leading university providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research and our key strategic partner. The MedTech Co-operative is located at St Thomas’ Hospital within the Imaging and Biomedical Engineering Clinical Academic Group (CAG) of King’s Health Partners (KHP) physically located in the Department of Cardiovascular Imaging of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences (BMEIS) of KCL. BMEIS is one of the world’s leading research group in biomedical engineering with approximately 550 staff and postgraduate research students and a focus on imaging, devices, robotics, computational modelling and artificial intelligence. The GSTFTs clinical cardiovascular services and ECHL paediatric cardiovascular services are also based at St Thomas’s. This allows close integration of clinical services and research.
We facilitate collaborations with a growing number of companies in the area of cardiovascular technologies (imaging and devices) including seven leading multinational healthcare technology companies. In addition, we work with a number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are developing related novel disruptive technologies. Standalone clinical trials may have limited impact without implementing key developments using defined pathways to market. We are well positioned to provide a wealth of expertise from clinical insights, communicating unmet needs, clinical pathways, access to relevant patient cohorts for technology evaluation and more. These companies strongly support the MedTech Co-operative with continuing support for investigator led and industry led translational projects that lead to new products for better diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. One of our biggest aims is to foster new commercial relationships to help guide the development of patient-focussed technologies delivering maximum impact to NHS patients. Contact us to find out more about how we can work together.
Wider NHS & NIHR Landscape
The Cardiovascular MedTech Co-operative is embedded within one of six Academic Health Science Centres, KHP and engages with other NIHR infrastructures such as Biomedical Research Centres across the UK. In addition, we also have links to a network of local and national NHS trusts of which to collaborate, transferring knowledge.
As a former NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC), the Cardiovascular MedTech Co-operative has a strong track record in linking with the NIHR and wider NHS. Our relationship with the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI), provides a vast extension of our own links to industry, in particular SME’s.
The HTC worked closely with Health Innovation Network (HIN) to support the DigitalHealth.London initiative to build on London’s expertise in digital technology and healthcare, to pioneer the development, commercialisation and adoption of digital health innovation to improve health outcomes. We are always looking for new opportunities to work with others to continue this good work.
Representatives and Influencers
We continue to engage cardiovascular patient advocacy groups with the aim of reaching out to a much larger cross-section of patients than we could manage on our own. However, in December 2019 we established a new patient and public involvement group focussing on children with congenital heart problems in partnership with Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation (ECHO) with the aim of providing the patient perspective to better shape the research design.
By linking clinicians and researchers with patients and careers, we are able to help ensure the development of new technologies are patient focussed by better understanding unmet needs along patient pathways.