About the NIHR WoundTec Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR WoundTec HTC)

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) WoundTec Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR WoundTec HTC) is a national strategic partnership between recognised centres of excellence in wound care. The NIHR WoundTec HTC is focused on improving quality of life for patients through the rapid translation of ideas and technologies in wound prevention and treatment.

The HTC is hosted by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which boasts an impressive wound care research record and is home to one of England’s only dedicated wound healing research units.

Led by Clinical Director and world-renowned wound specialist Professor Peter Vowden, the HTC is comprised of a range of strategic partners with each specialising in different areas of expertise in order to support the overall goals and key themes of the HTC.

Strategic partners

  • Kings College London
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Leeds
  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • University of Bradford

The HTC utilises its expertise and contacts to work with many different organisations and to bring forward new technologies to aid wound care.

The HTC has identified four initial key areas or themes for new innovation:

  • Diagnostics
  • Infection detection and treatment
  • Wound prevention - support surfaces
  • Co-design strategies

Patients have also identified several specific areas for innovation within these areas:

  • Improved compression systems
  • Wound odour control
  • Increased ability to self-care
  • Foot wear

The key themes will change and evolve to meet areas of unmet need as defined by patients, charities and clinical staff, and will reflect development changes in care systems and medical devices/diagnostics.

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