We have committed to fund up to £250,000 research every year to ensure future generations receive the very best health care – through better treatment, better diagnosis and better treatment.

As part of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s mission to make it better, we fund up to £250,000 research every year, which the NHS does not cover – helping to provide the very best healthcare for children.

With the help of charitable donations we were able to open a brand new dedicated Paediatric Clinical Research Facility – the first of its kind in the UK. The facility is key to bringing together doctors, nurses, students and other health professionals together to develop pioneering work in a range of areas such as bone disease, genetics and cancer.

Following the recent call for bids for research funding from The Children’s Hospital Charity, six Sheffield Children’s researchers having been successful with their applications. Applicants were required to submit a written application and then undergo a “Dragon’s Den” style interview with the charity's trustees. 

The successful applications for 2017/18 included:

  1. Ruth Kingshott: A study to investigate high resolution thermal imaging developments for non-contact airflow measurement: a novel child-friendly method to monitor paediatric airflow.
  2. Dr Anthony Richard Hart: Amplitude electroencephalography (aEEG) monitoring in preterm infants: a feasibility study.
  3. Elspeth Whitby: The Role of 3D images and Models to aid Management of Cases of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.
  4. Daniel Hawley: Describing relationships between psychosocial outcomes and readiness for transition in adolescent and young adult patients with uveitis – a pilot study.
  5. Dr Amaka C Offiah: A Study to Determine the Stability of Vitamin D in Stored Guthrie Dry Blood Spot Cards.
  6. Dr Helen Quirk: Feasibility and acceptability of physical activity monitoring as an educational tool in the management of paediatric Type 1 diabetes.

Jane Pearson, Associate Director of Research and Innovation said: “The Children’s Hospital Charity offers invaluable support when it comes to funding research, whether that is as a springboard to further research by providing the ground work for study to be taken forward, or as a local grant making body investing in research in response to a local need, to directly benefit the local population. Congratulations to all the successful applicants and we wish them every success with their research.”