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Paul Dimitri
Makes Sheffield

Director of Research and Innovation, Sheffield Children's Hospital

Sheffield makes me want to shape the future for children.

Having worked at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for many years, my goal has been to improve the healthcare of children and young people to ensure that the children of today have a better future. I lead on the development and implementation of national technology networks that specifically focus on the development and adoption of technology for paediatrics and child health through private and public sector collaboration, to ensure children and young people receive the best and most advanced healthcare and to drive long-term sustainable change in the health sector. Most recently, I am leading on the development of the UK’s first Child Health Technology Conference to be held next year – CHT2020.

Sheffield has provided me with the opportunity to try and achieve this goal in many ways, and I have been fortunate enough to work with people in medicine, engineering, design, computer science, education, marketing, business, and politics to name a few. The closely localised organisations provide opportunity to achieve the best through collaboration, a factor that is key for success in the public sector for Sheffield.

Although I’m from Scotland, I have been living in Sheffield for 21 years. When I first came to Sheffield, I had no idea what to expect. At the time I was a junior doctor and we were encouraged to move around the country, so I had only intended to be in Sheffield for the 2-year post. However, Sheffield has a certain way of making people want to stay for longer (in my case – much longer).

The people are friendly, the city is a perfect size to provide a mix of both the urban and the rural to give it both a flavour of a fast-moving city with a relaxed feel. The city has a lot to offer for me for both work and pleasure. We are very fortunate in Sheffield to have one of only 3 children’s hospitals in the country – Sheffield Children’s Hospital is a place that truly cares for children and goes well beyond the norm to provide the best and most advanced care for patients – I am proud to be part of this organisation.

There is a real ‘can-do’ attitude in Sheffield – people roll their sleeves up and get on with things. In addition, with the close location of two internationally renowned Universities and other great teaching hospitals, this provides an excellent foundation to advance the fields of science and technology, engineering and the arts (to name a few).

The opportunities for collaboration between disciplines is great and positions Sheffield as a forerunner and leader in many fields. As for leisure, Sheffield has a diverse range of cultural experiences and opportunities that are available across all ages. I have 2 young children, and they are never short of things to do. In addition, the close location to the Peak District and other countryside means that we are not far from outdoor activities in some of the best countryside in the country – not many cities can boast such a vibrant mix of the urban and the rural in close proximity. The fact that I have been here 21 years says it all – I came to a great city and I continue to live in a great city.

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