The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical MedTech Cooperative (Surgical MIC) is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to support the development of medical technology for colorectal, vascular, neurosurgery and liver, gall bladder and pancreas surgery.  
Their role is to make sure that any medical devices or healthcare apps are focussed on patient and clinical needs from an early stage and not just profit.  This means they often consult with patients and members of the public on the design and intended use of medical devices, reviewing lay summaries and just asking questions about how the intended device will support early detection of disease or better recovery after surgery. 

They are currently looking for patients/public members to apply to be on their Patient and Public Involvement Committee. For the full role description please CLICK HERE. More information is also available on their website - CLICK HERE.

By signing up to be on their patient and public involvement list, individuals will be invited to participate in focus groups and other activities, which usually attract some form of reimbursement for time at a rate of £35 per hour.  Please note they do not engage in recruitment for clinical trials.

To sign up to the NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative newsletter please CLICK HERE.

They are also wanting to develop and offer information, tasters and educational sessions for members of the public that are not familiar with how health research works in the UK. They have developed a quick questionnaire, please complete by CLICKING HERE 
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