Andy Levy,
Inventor of VibraTip™

Prof. Andy Levy

Andy is a Professor of Neuroendocrinology at the University of Bristol and Consultant at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Andy trains junior doctors, supports a full clinical case load and undertakes research on the pathogenesis of pituitary tumours. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers in internationally recognized journals, 3 books, 11 book chapters, 24 reviews and commentaries plus many abstracts and letters. Andy is passionate about learning, innovations in clinical skills teaching and providing quality patient care.

In Andy´s spare time he retreats to his garden shed and invents products that will improve clinical skills training and the delivery of patient care. He has invented a range on manikins to support the safe development of clinical skills in trainee doctors. These manikins are sold around the world. His latest invention, VibraTip™, represents Andy´s first diagnostic invention.

VibraTip™ overcomes many of the limitations associated with current methods of diagnosis, a tuning fork or monofilament, by providing a single stimulus in a discrete, pocket-sized device. It´s used for Diabetic neuropathy which is the condition whereby patients with diabetes lose sensation in their feet making them prone to ulceration and eventual limb amputation.

Andy is delighted to see his idea developed in to a medical device that will improve the management of diabetic feet and reduce the likelihood of limb amputation.

University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is the largest teaching hospital in the South West. We are a proud and active member of the local community, working with colleagues and communities throughout the region to deliver excellent healthcare. The Trust provides hospital and outpatient care across nine sites; Bristol Royal Infirmary, including the Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol General Hospital, Bristol Homoeopathic Hospital, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, St Michaels Hospital, Central Health Clinic and The University of Bristol Dental Hospital.

As a Foundation Trust, we enjoy the support of more than 16,000 Foundation Trust members and 38 active Governors, who challenge and support the Trust board. Everything we do is focused on delivering patient care, teaching and research of the highest quality.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is proud to have supported the development of VibraTip™ and believe it will make an important contribution to providing quality patient care and support.

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