Cambridge children invent health solutions for the future NHS


Dozens of children took up the challenge to invent solutions to improve the health of local people in a competition organised by the Eastern Academic Health Science Network as part of the Health and Wellbeing Village at Cambridge Big Weekend.


Visitors of all ages were invited to discover how the NHS is developing innovations to assist people in the future.

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 apnoea sufferers of changes to their breathing pattern (pictured)

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. 

You can view the winning entries here



Eastern AHSN (Academic Health Science Network) turn ideas into health impact by bringing together all partners in the health sector to develop and deliver innovative care.

Eastern AHSN