Devices for Dignity October Newsletter @Devices4Dignity

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

Newsletter October 2015

TITCH – Innovation in Child Health Workshop

Have you identified an unmet need in child health? Then join TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) at the first innovation workshop in child health. This will take place in Sheffield on 2 December 2015 at the Showroom Workstation.  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.

Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology (JMET)

We are delighted to announce the publication of a special edition of the Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, which was published online in October 2015, and which includes an editorial by our Clinical Director Professor Wendy Tindale, and 11 articles covering aspects of NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC’s programme.

In case you do not have access to an institutional subscription, the editorial and four of the articles will shortly become free to access online for a limited time, so if you are interested in any of the following areas be sure to follow the link here:

Professor Tindale’s editorial
Empathic engineering
Regulatory requirements of standalone medical devices
Technology innovations for kidney disease
Functional electrical stimulation

SC+ Portably Haemodialysis System

SC+ is a portable, cartridge-based haemodialysis sytem developed by Quanta Fluid Solutions Ltd. SC+ has been on the national news this month as it has successfully treated its first human patients.

“The renal theme at Devices for Dignity has supported Quanta’s innovative ideas and vision of a truly patient-centred machine since the initial concept of the SC+. Now the device has been realised, I hope that it will soon be helping to increase independence and quality of life for haemodialysis patients.” – Dr Elizabeth Lindley, Devices for Dignity Renal Theme Lead.

A recording of the news coverage can be found here.

HealthCab App Launched

Devices for Dignity is managing a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Kidney Care Competition in collaboration with the Department of Health. Earlier in 2015 six project teams were selected to receive follow up funding to further develop their initial ideas into functional healthcare solutions.

We are pleased to announce that from October 2015 one of the project teams has made their app, HealthCab, available via the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app will help streamline transportation and hospital visits for dialysis patients, and has the potential to significantly improve patient experience. Their first pilot site in Leeds is showing great benefits to patients, putting them in control of their transport.
HealthCab was developed by 365 Response Ltd.  For more information please visit their website here or email

ICUApp, a communication aid for people in intensive care units, won joint first prize in the Digital Health category at the Medipex Innovation Awards 2015, which were held earlier this month.

Simon Judge, Senior Clinical Scientist at Barnsley Hospital said: “We are extremely proud to have won the Medipex Innovation Award; this is a huge achievement for the team. Improved communication will ultimately lead to better care and the improved wellbeing of patients. It will enhance the quality of care that our patients receive by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of care.”

Our congratulations to the team.  You can read the full press release here.

Interested in Commercialisation of Medical Devices?

Have you ever had a grant application fail to be as successful as you expected? We can help increase your chance of success with our support in:

  • Finding the most appropriate funding source
  • Assembling a winning project team
  • Provide professional advice on how to present the application
  • Reviewing draft applications for small and large grants

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.

Devices for Dignity’s Innovation Portal is always open, so if you have identified a healthcare issue that could be solved by a healthcare technology, please get in touch.  Our expert networks across the UK review and validate unmet needs and can look into possible solutions.  If the unmet need cannot be supported by us we can often signpost to the relevant place through our extensive networks.

Unmet needs can be submitted through our website or directly, here.

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