NIHR Devices for Dignity June Newsletter @Devices4Dignity

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

Newsletter June 2016

D4D – recognised for ‘Outstanding Practice’

D4D is very pleased to have been highlighted as an example of Outstanding Practice at our host Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT. In June 2016 the report from the CQC’s recent inspection of the Trust was released; you can read about us and other areas of Outstanding Practice in the summary, here.  Additionally, it was reported that at the Trust there is a ‘culture of innovation and improvement [evident] throughout all levels of the organisation’.

Congratulations to D4D, and everyone that we work with as part of our network of patients and experts.

Innovation funding available for child health projects

D4D Junior are delighted to be partners in a new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) healthcare competition to find innovative new products and services in child health. This call has been supported by the TITCH network, and is in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs)

Applications are invited from industry partners and their collaborators to support self-care and independence in children with long-term conditions in two key areas:
•           Assisting or restoring function (limb rehabilitation)
•           Self-care and remote monitoring

The deadline for applications is noon on 28 July 2016. If you are interested in applying you can find further information here.

Proof of Concept funding available –
Next Generation Technologies for Incontinence

Do you need funding for a proof of concept project?
Call now open: up to £50k for

Next Generation Technologies for Incontinence
D4D are partners in the IMPRESSplus Network, who have announced this latest funding call. The call’s focus is on early stage research that has the potential to bring significant changes to continence care rather than incremental improvements to existing technology. Up to £50k is available to support staff and consumables costs for 6 month projects with a full-time post-doctoral researcher, or equivalent.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 1 October 2016. 

You can find more information about the call here.

Healthcab shortlisted for Patient Safety Award 2016

365response, the company behind Healthcab, have been shortlisted for the Best Emerging Technology and IT Award at the Patient Safety Awards 2016.

“We love this innovative company – over the past two years we have worked with them to develop Healthcab, a technology solution that puts renal dialysis patients in control of their healthcare journeys. Healthcab is also proving a hit with transport providers as the technology aligns so well with their needs.” – Dr Nicola Heron, D4D Programme Director

Fingers crossed for Healthcab!

Customised face masks to help children breathe

D4D Junior is a partner in a Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) project, which is now active, having received funding from the NIHR i4i Long-term Conditions in Children and Young People themed call.

NIV provides breathing support for people with breathing difficulties, and evidence shows that it can improve both quality of life and life expectancy. Our project is focused around the development of customised non-invasive ventilation interfaces (face masks) for children for whom current commercial masks are unavailable or unsuitable, with the aim of improving ventilation therapies and reducing complications.

Further information is available here.

What do patients think of the Head Up collar?

Over 60 patients have now been recruited to the clinical evaluation of the Sheffield Support Snood, a device for patients with a diagnosis of neck muscle weakness as a result of neurological conditions. We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve received so far. Some patients have shared their experiences:

Liz has reviewed the Snood as part of her blog, here (blog post 6), in which she describes how she uses the snood, and other aspects of her day-to-day life with motor neurone disease (MND).

Phillip surprised us with a short video of his thoughts about the Snood, which you can watch here.

Thank you to Liz and Phillip, and to everyone else who continues to be so actively involved with developing this device. You can also follow our progress on our twitter account, @HeadUp_Bruno, where you can find the latest patient and project updates and experiences.

Dr Moon’s Inventing Room 

Children, parents and healthcare professionals visited Dr Moon’s Inventing Room, a unique Children’s Health Innovation Day, in Leeds on Saturday 25 June 2016. The event offered children and their parents the opportunity to discuss with healthcare professionals, academics, designers and industry leaders the challenges that children and young people have. The event generated a number of ideas from children and families.

“This has been a really exciting event that has brought together lots of people from different areas, especially the families. It puts a completely different slant on how we can address the problems faced by children with long-term conditions. Our challenge is now to take these ideas and get the right people involved to create the technology needed to deliver them.” – Paul Dimitri, Paediatric Theme Lead for D4D Junior/TITCH.

Dr Moon’s Inventing Room was organised by D4D Junior/TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

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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