Medical Technology Awareness Week
In December of last year we were delighted to be involved in the launch of Medical Technology Awareness Week
The Medical Technology Group (MTG) is a not-for-profit coalition of patient groups, research charities and medical device manufacturers who are working to make medical technologies available to everyone who needs them.
The MTG believes that the uptake of medical technology in the UK is not as good as it should be, given its great potential to provide value for money to the NHS, patients and taxpayers alike, and that patients and clinicians need better information about medical technologies so that they can make informed choices about their medical care and ultimately improve their outcomes and quality of life.
The MTG’s flagship event is Medical Technology Awareness Week, which for 2022 was launched at a reception on the House of Commons Terrace in Westminster. The event brought together leading political and NHS influencers under the theme of ‘Futureproofing the NHS: Tackling the challenges of today and tomorrow’ as well as demonstrating the latest technology being used to tackle the backlogs in the NHS, create a more cost-effective healthcare system and facilitate future models of care.
We were delighted to attend this prestigious event, and our campaigns manager Dave Bracher provided a patient perspective speech to explain how vital medical technology was in saving his life in the immediate aftermath of his spinal cord injury. He also outlined ways in which technological developments can support people with long-term health conditions, whilst cautioning that sometimes the best solutions to improve quality of life are not high-tech, high cost but inexpensive and straightforward. Finally, he reinforced the fundamental importance of attitudes to patients and those with long-term conditions, and how crucial it is to listen to each patient as the absolute expert in their condition.
More information about the Medical Technology Group can be found at: www.mtg.org.uk