Getting a device accepted by the NHS is often described as something of a “dark art”, a mysterious journey into the unknown. Having a map for this journey would be an attractive proposition.
To flesh out our map for the journey, we joined around 30 other industry experts for Medilink East Midland’s July 2018 conference “How to get your medical device NHS ready”, held in conjunction with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The day covered a range of subjects, all geared towards giving you the knowledge to best prepare your medical device for a favourable review outcome for the NHS. Amongst the topics we discussed were;
- The impact of Human Factors in medical device development,
- Patient Public Involvement – why it’s so important and how to access it,
- Regulatory support for medical device development,
- How to undertake a clinical investigation in the NHS,
- Using a budget impact assessment to support uptake and adoption,
- NICE engagement and support for developers.
A number of case studies were also shared, demonstrating the value achieved by considering specific topics of the agenda.
We left the event with a clear picture of how our core disciplines supported, and could be woven throughout, the preparations for NHS “readiness”, over and above regulatory authority approval. We’re now applying that knowledge to help our clients’ development activities.