@Devices4Dignity Newsletter Jan 2016, child health,test beds & more

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

Newsletter January 2016

TITCH workshop – Manchester, 2 March 2016

December saw Sheffield host the first of a series of child health unmet needs workshops, in which we introduced attendees to our Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network, current projects, and an overview of designing products with patients involved throughout. Attendees identified almost 100 unmet clinical needs in paediatric care.

We are now planning a follow up workshop to take place in Manchester from 12.30pm on 2 March 2016 in which we will expand our understanding of the issues identified in the first workshop, explore new issues, and start to consider how solutions to these can be developed. If you would like to register for the event, you can do so here.

IMPRESS End User Faecal Incontinence workshop – Leeds, 24 February 2016

The IMPRESS (Incontinence Management and Prevention through Engineering and Sciences) Network, of which D4D is part, is holding a workshop for people living with faecal incontinence and their carers, and for clinicians, scientists and engineers working in this area.  The workshop will give people the opportunity to give feedback on current products, treatments and methods of assessment of faecal incontinence, and will also give attendees the change to engage with projects funded by IMPRESS.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

The ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’ – Sheffield City Region Test Bed

Devices for Dignity are delighted to be involved in the ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’ Test Bed, announced in January. Test Beds are new collaborations between the NHS and innovators which aim to harness technology to address some of the most complex issues facing patients and the health service. Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt and adapt to the particular needs of their local populations.The ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’, as the Sheffield City Region Test Bed will be known, aims to create the ‘perfect patient pathway’ to bring substantial benefits for patients suffering from long-term health conditions such as diabetes, mental health problems, respiratory disease, hypertension and other chronic conditions.

For more information please see the press release, here.

The Sheffield Support Snood – an orthosis (collar) for neck muscle weakness

Recruitment to the clinical evaluation of the collar is going well, with sites due to start recruiting in Scotland and Ireland imminently. 20 people have begun trials so far, with most people choosing to continue to use the device beyond the 4 week formal evaluation. Some people involved in the trial have reported that wearing the collar has meant they have been able to reduce the frequency of requirement for pain medication.

To support clinicians and patients/carers involved in the trial we have released a short film with some reminders of how to fit the collar. The film can be found on our YouTube channel, here.

Making a difference

In what ways does the Sheffield Support Snood aid wearers with muscle weakness? The collar is designed to be adaptable to each patient’s needs using adjustable removable supports, which contribute support and restrict movement only in the ways required by the patient. In December 2015 we published an assessment of the biomechanical properties of the Snood in comparison to other collars that are commonly used in clinical practice.  The Snood was found to be effectively adaptable to different tasks and comparable or superior in function to commonly used collars, whilst also being less bulky.
You can read the full scientific article in Clinical Biomechanics here. The lead authors are based at the University of Sheffield, with other contributors based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, Sheffield Hallam University, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Congratulations to Martin Slovak

Congratulations to Martin Slovak, Research Associate within our Urinary Continence Management theme, who successfully defended his PhD thesis on the use of non-invasive peripheral nerve electrical stimulation in the treatment of overactive bladder earlier this month. Well done!

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.

If you have identified an unmet clinical need, please tell us about it through our Innovation Portal, here.

You can also find some of our reports and films here:

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