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Inventive students in Leeds handed top marks by digital health experts

Biology students from Elliott Hudson College with Emma Harvey, head of product development at NHS Digital's Digital Delivery Centre (front centre).
Biology students from Elliott Hudson College with Emma Harvey, head of product development at NHS Digital's Digital Delivery Centre (front centre).

Students at a Leeds college produced plenty of switched-on health ideas after being visited by experts from NHS Digital.

Senior clinical lead Mona Johnson and head of product development Emma Harvey spoke to young people at Beeston’s Elliott Hudson College about their Leeds-based organisation’s work.

And the A-level biology students showed some expertise of their own when they were challenged to come up with ideas for digital inventions that would benefit Type 1 diabetes sufferers.

Their ideas included an app that could track food intake by scanning barcodes and another app that would keep tabs on a person’s weight and symptoms.

Emma said: “It was fantastic to be able to explain more about our work with such enthusiastic young people.

“They threw themselves into the task, worked together brilliantly and came up with some really great ideas which would benefit patients hugely.”

David Ellis, alliance leader at the college, said: “The team gave our high ability science students the opportunity to discuss how the NHS can use technology in the future alongside giving them further information about careers in the NHS that the students might not have considered.”

The event took place as part of this year’s Leeds Digital Festival.