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Cambridge children invent health solutions for the future NHS

Posted on August 2, 2016

A competition organised by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN) as part of the Health and Wellbeing Village at Cambridge Big Weekend brought visitors of all ages, where they were invited to discover how the NHS is developing innovations to assist people in the future.

Dozens of children took up the challenge to invent solutions to improve the health of local people.

Winning entries received an Activ8rlives BuddyBand2 Waterproof Activity and Sleep Tracker, donated by Aseptika Ltd, an SBRI funded company which is pioneering medical technologies for better health. 

Karen Livingstone, Director at the Eastern Academic Health Science Network said:

“We were amazed by the children’s enthusiasm. They had so many ideas about how to improve health. The entries were thoughtful and clever and demonstrated a real understanding of some of the health challenges we face.”

“The NHS workforce of tomorrow is growing up in our community today. At the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, we are keen to harness the skills and creativity of the next generation to build the NHS of the future”.

The winning entries

Bethany, aged 9, designed an app to alert sleep apnea sufferers of changes to their breathing pattern.


Amelie, aged 8, developed the concept of kennels at local hospitals – so that patients can take a dog for a walk, helping them get fitter and feel better.


Connor, aged 8, developed a pair of ‘MasShorts’ – a product that provides sports massage following exercise to help to prevent injuries.


Highly commended

Teigan, aged 10, designed a healthy snack vending machine to encourage healthy eating.


Jemimah, aged 5, designed a cup that changes liquid into the colours of the rainbow to encourage people to drink more water.


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