The Engineers’ Trust/WCE Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 4 June at the beautiful Carpenters’s Hall in London.

The winner of Tech4All’s “Innovation4All” Award was “No one left behind” – a project led by Dr Sara Behforootan, which uses utrasound and FE modelling to determine the extent of diabetes related foot ulceration (DFU). Disadvantaged areas IN THE UK have an amputation rate 4x higher than less derived areas, with a UK average of over 160 diabetes related foot amputations per week. A startup from Staffordshire University, they have plans for commercial migration, and crucially will be patient trialling at Kings College Hospital in London.

This non-invasive solution has the potential to improve preventative care and promote equitable healthcare access for all by facilitating early detection of DFUs within primary care or community settings with minimal expensive equipment.

If the trial proves successful, the potential for deploying the technique globally would transform the prospects of managing the impact of diabetes in the developing world – but from conversations with Sara it is clear that there is clear room to help improve the situation in the UK as well.

Pictured with Sara are the Master of WCE, Dr Dolores Byrne OBE, and Dr Paul Golby CBE FREng.