About HTCs

Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs) are national centres, part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to foster innovation in areas of unmet clinical need.

HTCs aim to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research and encourage innovation to improve patient care and the effectiveness of healthcare services.

There are eight HTCs across the country and each one specialises in a specific area of healthcare. Each HTC is part of a national NHS Organisation and works collaboratively with industry, patients, charities and academics to develop new medical devices, improve treatments and quality of life for patients.

The aims of the NIHR HTCs are to:

  • Act as a catalyst for NHS “pull” for the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions
  • Focus on clinical areas and/or themes of high morbidity which have high potential for improving quality of life of NHS patients and improving the effectiveness of healthcare services that support them
  • Work collaboratively with patients and patient groups, charities, industry and academics.

There are eight HTCs based across the country including the WoundTec HTC. 

Name of HTC Host organisation Clinical area or theme
NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Co-operative


Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Several theme areas around brain injury of acquired and developmental origin across the acute care pathway: acute care including bedside monitoring, imaging, stem cells, genomic profiling and biomarkers.

NIHR Cardiovascular Healthcare Technology Co-operative Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Four themes: Artherosclerosis, Cardiac arrhythmias, Heart failure and structural heart disease.

NIHR Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technology Co-operative

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Minimally invasive therapies for colorectal disease with three themes: Engineering, nanotechnology, biosensing.

NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Urinary incontinence and management, renal technologies, assistive and rehabilitative technologies.

NIHR Enteric Healthcare Technology Co-operative

Barts Health NHS Trust

Including prevention of stoma complications, neuromodulation for faecal incontinence, novel diagnostics to stratify chronic GI disease, improved safety and effectiveness of GI surgery.

NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Institute of Mental Health

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome and autism, depression and bipolar disorder.

NIHR Trauma Management Healthcare Technology Co-operative

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Four clinical themes, which mirror the patient journey: Immediate Care, Secondary Care, Regeneration, Rehabilitation.

NIHR WoundTec Healthcare Technology Co-operative

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Patient led centralised wound research strategy.


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