UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


1st ever Sandpit Event at Stanmore as part of Moving Forwards Flagship Programme - Friday 16th of June, 2017

30 June 2017

Sandpit 1

Delivering modern healthcare in ever changing environment requires an ability to adjust, develop and invent. The UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering Flagship programme allows the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust to build on its past history of innovation. It also provides an opportunity to bring together two institutions who share a vision to create an environment in which we can transform patient care through innovation.

The Stanmore Sandpit Event, organised jointly between RNOH Research & Innovation Centre (RIC) and the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering took place on Friday 16th of June, 2017. The event brought together clinicians, scientist and engineers to address a real need for patients and provide a solution to a clinical problem where currently there is none or inadequate solution.

Three clinical problems were presented by a clinical lead and in one instance by a patient impacted by the condition. Three groups were set up to allow hours of brainstorming to come up with a proposed solution. Debates full of energy and ideas took place over the course of the day. The main aim: “Together we develop technology that touches lives and deliver therapy in the right dose, and in the right places and the right time.

Sandpit 2

The final presentations of solutions were marked by a panel to select a winner. All presentations were impressive and the final product achieved over the course of the day was phenomenal. 

The Winning Team: 

Dr Roxaneh Zarnegar, Dr Kofi Agyare (Department of Anaesthesia)

Mr Irving Kaplan, Dr Steve Taylor, Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah, Dr Fjodors Tjulkins (Aspire-CREATe) and Dr Dafne Ramirez (UCLIC).

Sandpit 3

The Winning Team with Judges, from Left: Professor Sebastian Orselin, Mr Brian Carling, Miss Deborah Eastwood, Professor Vivek Mudera, Dr Steve Taylor, Dr Kofi Agyare, Dr Dafne Ramirez, Mr Irving Kaplan, Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah, Mr Rob Hurd, Dr Fjodors Tjulkins, Dr Rui Loureiro 

RNOH RIC and the Moving Forwards Flagship programme leads will work with the team to ensure the winning idea is transformed into a real product with real benefits to patients everywhere. The RNOH Charity will review the winning project so support is in place to take all the required next steps. We will also support the remaining teams in securing funding to develop their projects.

The day has not only provided a winning project, but we also brought together groups of people who would rarely come together, and established collaborations, which we are confident will continue to develop and produce innovations.

We would like to thank all that participated in the sandpit and in particular the clinical leads of the other two teams Dr Angela Gall, Mrs Anju Jaggi, Mrs Emma Linley and Professor John Skinner. . 

We look forward to our next Sandpit – so everyone watch this space.