On Thursday 2 February, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority announced funding plans for a global-first centre at Olympic Legacy Park Sheffield, aiming to develop the world’s most advanced and integrated healthcare system for children and young people.
The National Centre for Child Health Technology (NCCHT) developed by Sheffield Children’s Hospital will be the first of its kind in the world with research at the NCCHT focusing on addressing key national child health priorities including prevention and health inequalities, children’s mental health, and obesity. It connects closely with our overall work around innovation and research, integrated healthcare and health inequalities.
The centre will include 1 million square feet of high-quality space, realising a gross development value of up to £500m, to support development of the health, wellbeing, sport and physical activity innovation ecosystem.
Paul Dimitri, Director of Research and Innovation at Sheffield Childrens Hospital described of the centre’s ambition:
“We need to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach and personalise healthcare for each of our children we look after, they are 25% of our population, and 100% of our future… The centre is set to create the most advanced technology to support the health and healthcare of children and young people, it’s about innovation and technology creating change”.
The region will see the benefit of this development through the high-value jobs and economic growth for South Yorkshire, attracting inward investment, and supporting collaborations with national and international organisations.
As a partner organisation of Legacy Park Ltd, we’re looking forward to working closely with the centre as it researches key national child health priorities including prevention, health inequalities, children’s mental health, and obesity.