Translate MedTech

If you’re a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher, academic or technology transfer professional from the Universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York, you can benefit from the Translate training programme and secondment schemes.

Benefits to all


Translate can help you to develop innovation skills that can’t be taught in a classroom, gain experience in a new sector or environment, and build new contacts that you wouldn’t meet in your day-to-day work. As well as enabling you to progress your ideas for new technologies, these opportunities can help you stand out from the crowd to potential collaborators and future employers. If you’re from a business, charity or innovation organisation in the medical technology sector then you can benefit from our secondment opportunities, which provide access to academics at the cutting edge of science and technology. Secondments help to diversify a workforce and could enable you to identify and secure future skilled employees or collaborators.



Our Training and Development Programme is delivered through a flexible, pick and mix programme of introductory, stand-alone training courses, designed to equip researchers with the skills needed to translate research ideas into medical technology products and clinical solutions.

Courses for our winter 2021 programme of learning are now available to book:

NHS strategy and adoption/market assessment

22 and 23 November 9:30am – 12:30pm

This course will look at how to start innovating in the NHS context, and will provide you with the practical tools to assess your research for potential in a healthcare setting.

Using real case studies, we’ll explore how innovation works in the NHS, the opportunities and potential pitfalls to avoid when developing your research into something that can benefit patients.

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Regulatory affairs for medical devices

29 and 30 November 9:30am – 12:30pm

This course is an introduction to medical devices and the regulatory requirements for placing medical devices on the market and CE marking of devices.

It will help you to understand the regulatory path to CE marking a device, deciphering all the regulatory jargon and understanding the new Medical Device Regulations in Europe as well as the UK legislation.

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Patient and public involvement and engagement

9 December 9:30am – 12:30pm

This course aims to increase knowledge about how to involve patients, the public and carers in the development and delivery of medtech research.

The session will use hands on activities and examine real life case studies of effective PPIE methods.

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We are running three free webinars in July on digital technology innovation as part of our 2021 programme of learning. The webinars are open to our entire community with no charge to attend.

These brief sessions will give you an introduction to different aspects of digital technology innovation, helping to navigate the pathway of developing digital technologies and identifying areas you may wish to explore in more detail.

From managing complexity to EU regulations to IP, these webinars could give you the knowledge you need to take your project to the next level.

EU data protection in medical device regulation –  13 July 2021 1pm-2pm

Intellectual property and digital healthcare technologies15 July 2021 1pm-2pm

Managing complexity in digital health technologies20 July 2021 1pm-2pm

Registration is essential, secure your place now.

Secondment Scheme



Our secondment scheme continues to run, remotely. We urge all awardees to follow government advice and only start their secondments in-person when appropriate to do so. 

Our secondment scheme is open to medical technology researchers in the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions. Secondments provide the opportunity for researchers to temporarily take up a role in a complementary organisation, with travel and accommodation funded by the Translate MedTech programme. Host organisations can come from across the sector, and include hospitals and healthcare providers, companies, innovation teams, international laboratories, and more. We also encourage secondments-in: for to academics and researchers to host clinicians, industrialists or innovation specialists. You can read blogs from our secondees.

We have two secondment opportunities currently available, the closing date for applications is Monday 28 June 2021:


Versus Arthritis are looking for two PhD students or post-doctoral researchers to work with their Research Engagement team. The team showcase the impact of research funded by Versus Arthritis and their main functions are communication, public engagement, data analysis and managing the network of research volunteers.

Read more and apply

PeopleDotCom Ltd are looking for a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher or early career academic who is interested in startups, scaleups and digital health, and learning about the complex digital health ecosystem.

Read more and apply

Early stage innovation support


We host facilitated innovation workshops that are driven by a real clinical need. These workshops provide an opportunity to form new collaborations and develop potential new technologies. We provide support with research-led funding applications exploring new technologies and early stage ideas. We provide secondments to help progress early stage ideas. Contact Kelly Broadbent:

Innovation Champions

Our Innovation Champions have a wealth of experience and expertise in developing medical technologies.

Embedded in each of the Translate MedTech partner universities, they are on-hand to offer advice about technology progression and/or to enhance innovation skills and capabilities. Together, they are sharing good practice and creating new opportunities for collaboration.

Find out more about Innovation Champions at your institution, and get in touch.

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If you’d like to be involved in Grow MedTech, get in touch on our contact page. There’s space for you to send us a query if you have one and we’ll aim to respond as quickly as possible. You can also use the form simply to sign up to our mailing list, to receive information on our funding calls, projects, events and news.

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