Innovation in the NHS (UK): overcoming key challenges

Written by Richard Cooper

In this interview with Richard Cooper, Lead of the Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group with the Knowledge Transfer Network (UK), 3DMedNet explores the process and key challenges associated with 3D printing and innovation in the NHS (UK).

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Richard Cooper joined the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN, UK) in May 2017 after 20 years working in various industrial R&D roles in the steel sector. Since April 2018 he has been leading the Additive Manufacturing Special Interest Group (SIG) in the KTN. The SIG continues to hold successful events, both to engage new SMEs in joining the AM journey and specific sector-based events to share knowledge and assimilate input for the future of AM in the UK. His academic background is a Physics PhD followed by an MBA.

“I guess my advice, firstly, would be to connect with the clinicians etc, because at the of the day, you need buy-in from the people who are actually going to adopt it…”

Cooper was interviewed at 3DMedLIVE 2019: 3D printing in surgery. To access more exclusive interviews and content from 3DMedLIVE 2019, watch this space on 3DMedNet >>

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Interview segments:

  • Introduction [00:03]
  • Medical 3D printing within the Knowledge Transfer Network [00:37]
  • Challenges introducing innovative technologies into the NHS [01:37]
  • Advice for innovating within the NHS [02:27]
  • Medical 3D printing in the medical sector in 5–10 years’ time [03:35]


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The opinions expressed in this feature are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the views of 3DMedNet or Future Science Group.