Founded in November 2008, Costello Medical has been dedicated to giving back to our local communities and sharing our expertise to help improve health and healthcare globally.
We deliver projects on a pro bono basis to charities and not-for-profit organisations, making a real difference to global health and causes that our staff care about.
We also volunteer our time, giving back to projects in our local communities, and we fundraise for charities that our staff are passionate about.
These are our highlights…
In 2010, we supported our first pro bono project.
We started working with PHG Foundation, a non-profit think tank with a focus on how emerging technologies can improve health.
We carried out a literature review and developed a concept paper on environmental teratogen exposure and how this can lead to development of congenital disorders.
We also completed our first Three Peaks Challenge for charity.
We worked with Giving What We Can, a society dedicated to eliminating poverty in the developing world. We conducted literature reviews and wrote a series of blog posts on the economic impact of three neglected tropical diseases.
We completed our first volunteering day with Cambridge City Council.
In 2013 we started our Global Health Internship, offering a professional from a low- or middle-income country the opportunity to spend three months working with us on a healthcare problem relevant to their local community.
We have hosted six global health interns from six different countries.
We worked with SimPrints Technology, a non-profit Cambridge-based tech start-up, to develop a value dossier and infographic on a mobile fingerprint technology and its use in maternal healthcare and childhood vaccination.
We also collaborated with PHG Foundation to develop two health economic models analysing the cost-effectiveness of bacterial whole genome sequencing to detect, monitor and control outbreaks of C. difficile and MRSA in the NHS.
In 2015 we started our long-standing collaboration with Findacure, a UK rare diseases charity.
We have been working with Findacure ever since, and our projects have included health economic models, literature reviews, educational materials, design materials, and publications.
We have also collaborated on other initiatives such as sponsoring Findacure’s annual essay competition, taking part in their Peer Mentoring scheme and providing administrative support from our Operations and Finance teams.
A team from our Cambridge office volunteered at the Countryside Restoration Trust, a charity dedicated to wildlife friendly farming.
We worked with Cambridge Academic Performance, a Cambridge-based social enterprise, on a systematic literature review on how occupational therapy-based approaches could be applied to mental healthcare in education.
Our statistics team developed a manuscript on their statistical analysis of registry data from patients with the rare metabolic disorder alkaptonuria (AKU).
In 2018, our Singapore office worked on their first pro bono project – the development of a Rare Disorders Patient Handbook aimed at parents of children living with rare disorders in Singapore for the Rare Disorders Society Singapore.
Our Cambridge team also worked with CamSight, a local sight loss charity, to demonstrate the economic value of their services to people with vision impairment in Cambridgeshire.
Our London office hosted their first Global Health Intern.
We built our first Social Return on Investment (SROI) model aiming to demonstrate the economic value of the local Cambridgeshire social enterprise, Noise Solution, which works one-to-one with young people to improve their well-being as a catalyst for positive change.
We developed factsheets on mast cell activation syndrome aiming to support patients with the condition and to raise awareness about the disease among policymakers in the UK.
We are welcoming a Global Health Intern to our Singapore office for the first time this year.
Now in our tenth year we remain committed to giving back to our local community and sharing our expertise to make meaningful contributions to improving healthcare.
To celebrate we are also aiming to raise £17,500 for three charities nominated by our colleagues - WAY Widowed and Young, Action Against Malaria and Papyrus. This will be matched by the company meaning we hope to raise a total of £35,000 for our chosen charities.