Tamsin Holland Brown
Tamsin works as a paediatrician in Cambridge. She specialises in children who are deaf. This led her focus on children with temporary hearing loss due to glue ear (a very common condition experienced by 80% children at least once, where fluid builds up behind the ear drum, causing temporary deafness in young children), she created an affordable medical device to improve hearing and an app to improve childhood developmental skills to empower children and families to self manage glue ear well between appointments or when operations (known as grommet- insertion operations or tympanostomy tube operations) are unavailable. This became the only solution for remote patient management of glue ear during the covid pandemic in 2020. The device and the app won innovation and paediatric awards, with NICE ‘highly commending’ the app as a shared learning example and the UK app awards awarding ‘Children’s app of the year’. Tamsin’s research and practical experience of implementing a medical device as well as several app’s into Clinical pathways led her to become an educator in Digital Health and Clinical entrepreneurship (becoming the co-clinical lead for the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur programme in 2021). She lives with her husband and 5 children one of whom had glue ear.