Devices for Dignity Newsletter September 2015

Delivering innovative technology solutions to support people with long-term conditions, preserving their dignity and independence.

Newsletter September 2015

Sheffield Support Snood   

This month we have hosted 10 NHS Trusts from England, Scotland and Ireland for a training day as we are about to embark on the eagerly awaited clinical evaluation of the Sheffield Support Snood. We are recruiting 150 participants with neck muscle weakness as a result of a neurological diagnosis. This project is supported by the NIHR i4i funding scheme and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Over the past month the Snood has also made appearances at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT Annual Member’s Day, and the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015.

TITCH Innovation in Child Health Workshop

Technology and Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) are pleased to announce that an Innovation Workshop in Child Health will take place in Sheffield on 2 December 2015 at the Showroom Workstation. This is the first TITCH workshop, and further workshops will follow with our network partners in Manchester, London and Liverpool. Clinicians, allied health professionals, nurses, community teams, and anyone with an interest in improving child health through technology is welcome to attend.

For more information click here, and to register click here.

Lunch clubs with older people

We are collaborating with Voluntary Action Sheffield and the Bladder and Bowel Foundation to deliver urinary continence management information to a range of lunch clubs for older people around Sheffield.  These lunch clubs offer attendees a healthy, home cooked meal, and for some attendees may be the only regular social contact they have.  Many older people erroneously see continence issues as an inevitable consequence of ageing; these information sessions are an opportunity to listen to people’s issues, and provide management advice.

Patients Leading Innovation – the film

We include patients and carers as collaborators in our projects because having patient and carer opinions and expertise to guide us ensures that we produce technology solutions that are of genuine benefit to users.  You can find out more about our approach in our new short film, Patients Leading Innovation, which is now available to view here.
In a recent survey of people with long-term conditions who have previously collaborated with us on our projects, 100% reported that they felt valued.

Devices Shortlisted for Awards

Two of our projects have been shortlisted for upcoming awards. ICUApp, a communication aid for people in intensive care units, is a finalist for the Medipex Innovation Awards 2015.  The other shortlisted technology is one of our SBRI Kidney Care projects, Patientrack. Patientrack calculates the risk of acute kidney injury and alerts appropriate clinical teams, and is a finalist for the EHI Awards 2015.

We wish the best of luck to both of these technologies.

Interested in Commercialisation of Medical Devices?

Are you developing a technology or device, and need support, for instance with regulatory requirements or commercialisation?  If you would like to know more about the support our commercial arm, D4D Ltd, is able to offer please visit the website, here.

Our Independence and Dignity Survey was so successful that we have re-opened it.  If you have or had a long-term condition, or care for someone that does, tell us about it – please complete our survey, here.

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