Our mission is to dramatically increase impact of our world-class research within the healthcare engineering domain through large-scale clinically-driven flagship programmes which can transform patient care.
For us, it’s all about overcoming the big challenges – the ones that matter most. They drive our research and – quite frankly – get us into work every morning. We want to help patients with spinal injuries walk again. We want people to avoid stroke and paralysis. We want to hold back the visual deterioration that comes with age. We want to help cure cancer.
We give our projects ambitious ten-year timelines, from proof of concept through to the first ‘in man’ trials. Ever mindful of the clinical pathway – including the obstacles faced by our commercial partners – we strive to remain as relevant as possible. We’ll continue to adapt our strategy and evolve our research, always focusing on where we can have the most impact.
As part of our ongoing journey, we’re creating specialised hubs to concentrate on different areas of research. We’re harnessing the university’s vast scientific expertise and teaming up with world-renowned surgical specialists across the hospitals of London.
We recognise the importance of physical space for achieving our goals, so we’re investing resources in key Biomedical Research Centres. Such purpose-built facilities ensure we lead the way in biomedical engineering, transforming the clinical environment through applied research.
Currently under-construction are two state-of-the-art hubs at Stanmore and Charles Bell House.
We’re incredibly proud of our accolades and status. The UCL Faculty of Engineering is the largest of its kind in the UK, ranked as the second most impactful engineering faculty in Europe and first for Research Strength in the Research Excellence Framework. Furthermore, UCL Partners is the largest Academic Health Science Partnership across the continent and UCL Business has launched over 60 spinout companies.
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015/16, we placed fourth in the top 100 clinical, pre-clinical and health institutions. UCL recently raised £50m to launch the UCL Technology Fund and boasts the largest number of High Citation Papers and most collaborations with NHS partners in terms of HCP output.
UCL is also closely associated with several major teaching hospitals – such as the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the Royal Free Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital – providing first-rate healthcare and contributing to major advances in medical research.
We won’t revolutionise the clinical environment on our own. If we are to be truly committed to improving people’s lives, we must involve patients and charities from our Flagship Programmes to advise us at every step of the way. Their insight will guide us, highlighting issues we may have overlooked in the lab.
We will consider safety, efficacy and practical concerns whenever we develop new equipment and techniques. We’ll prioritise the methods we use to measure outcomes and create new ethical frameworks, all of which will be meaningful and useful to patients. A great example of this is already underway in the form of an advisory group for fetal therapy and surgery.
We want to create the innovators of tomorrow, today. As we make more healthcare devices a reality, we’ll ensure robust educational platforms are in place so a wide range of clinicians can access training and pass the benefits on to patients.
Not only will we provide the tools needed for continuous development, we’ll also invest in teaching space for clinicians and researchers at our hospitals and hubs. We’ll also advance our Doctoral Training Programmes, especially in areas essential to the future of medical technologies.
Finally, we’ll connect with people through public engagement. We’ll inspire schoolchildren, emphasising Healthcare Engineering as a worthwhile field and a rewarding career choice. We’ll organise and take part in conferences across the globe, sharing our research and offering insights into the progress – and the difference – we make at the Institute of Healthcare Engineering.
Our Partners & Founders
UCL School of the Built Environment, Engineering and Mathematical and Physical Sciences
UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences
University College Hospital
Royal Free Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Moorfields Eye Hospital
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital
Eastman Dental Hospital
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
EPSRC Image-Guided Therapies Network+