A professor at Sheffield Children’s Hospital has praised his team and family after being nominated for a prestigious national award.
Professor Paul Dimitri was a finalist in the Health Tech Newspaper Now Awards for his involvement in revolutionising child health technology.
The consultant in paediatric endocrinology, who was recognised under the Health Tech Leader of the Year category, said: “It’s always a nice feeling and a privilege to get nominated for these awards.
“I am very lucky to work with some really great, talented and committed people, so I take the credit for what is essentially a team effort.”
The recent focus on child health technology was spearheaded by Prof Dimitri who alongside his team, helped organise and run the first-ever conference last year around the subject.
He has also been working to secure funding to build a national centre in Sheffield which would enable research and development in this field. Approximately £9 million has been raised but Prof Dimitri is hoping to secure a further £15 million.
The Director Of Communications at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Lea Fountain, nominated Prof Dimitri, who is a director of research and innovation at the centre, for the award.
He was also commended for organising a conference centred around child health technology, arranging for 238 delegates from 19 different countries to attend.
Prof Dimitri, a director at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) children and young people MedTech cooperative, said: “The conference is a small part of the jigsaw for the huge amount of work we do at NIHR CYPMedTech. We put children front and centre of everything they do.”
One of the projects they have completed is virtual reality upper limb rehabilitation which helps children in their daily exercises.
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Prof Dimitri, who is also Vice-President for Science and Research at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, reiterated how grateful he is to those in his personal life who have been there for him.
He said: “I’ve got a very supportive wife and a lovely family and it’s a really important aspect of my life that doesn’t get mentioned very often.
“I’ve got 3 kids, an 11-month-old baby and then an 11 and a 12-year-old. I try to get the best work/life balance as best I can.”