Director of Research & Innovation at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation meets students at UTC
In October Paul Dimitri, an Honorary Professor of Child Health at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as a Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Director of Research and Innovation at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, visited UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to meet and talk to students studying Computing, Health Sciences and Sport Science.
The talk focused on the plans for a Centre for Child Health Technology (CCHT) which is to be built on the Olympic Legacy Park. The CCHT will be a 4000 square meters building that will bring together the private sector, health and academics to work with children, young people and their families focusing on the development of the best and most advanced technology for child health. Its ethos will be ‘medical technology designed for children, with children’.
The CCHT is set to position the UK as a world leader in child health technology development and its location next to the UTC will provide opportunities for students to learn about medical technology and to become involved in research projects and technology development.
Professor Paul Dimitri said: “It was a great opportunity to speak to the young people and staff at the UTC about the plans for the CCHT. I had the privilege of viewing some of the excellent facilities available to students at the UTC. I was very impressed by the interactive approach to learning in ‘real-world’ settings and the novel approach to education. I look forward to working with the staff and students of the UTC in the future.”
Mackenzie who is in Year 9 at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park said: “I really enjoyed the talk from Professor Dimitri, particularly the virtual reality headset innovation which is fantastic to help support people to live a more able life. As a health student at UTC, the talk has helped me think of extra employment opportunities I didn’t know existed.”
Principal of the Olympic Legacy Park Campus, Sarah Clark, said: “Professor Paul Dimitri shared the vision of the Centre for Child Health Technology with UTC students across the specialisms. His talk emphasised the links between Computing and Health Sciences, which are helping to bring about innovative solutions to the treatment of medical conditions, as well as highlighting the vast array of career opportunities in medicine. It was a real pleasure to host him at UTC.”