Sheffield based Precision Medical host visit from US and Canadian surgeons
A delegation including 5 US and 2 Canadian elite orthopaedic surgeons selected by American Orthopaedic Association visited Sheffield from 2nd – 3rd May 2013.
The visiting Fellows toured Sheffield Precision Medical and Symmetry Medical facilities and the Northern General Hospital to meet with surgeons and patients. The purpose of UK tour was to meet with industry and academia; engage in exchange of ideas and knowledge; develop understanding of medical device and instrumentation development lifecycle; and to forge relationships.
The fellows spent 3 weeks in UK and will be travelling next to South Africa for 2 weeks. The visit was organised by David Stanley, Honorary Secretary of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) who is based in Sheffield.
Sheffield City Region is renowned as a centre of orthopaedic activity in the UK based on indigenous expertise in manufacturing techniques, metals and materials knowledge. Brian Reece (MD) provided a tour of SPM facilities on Petre Street. The tour included presentations of new surgical instrumentation designs, a tour of equipment including laser marking and 10 axis machine centres and a presentation on future growth plans for Sheffield Precision Medical.
The growth of the medical technology sector in Sheffield City Region will be dependent on the ability to “fast track” responses to surgeons seeking new solutions from industry to clinical challenges – delivered by utilising design and modelling expertise, data sharing and developing collaborative partnerships. This emphasises the importance of a visit of this nature.