NIHR Devices for Dignity newsletter August 2016 @devices4dignity

What are Healthcare Technology Co-operatives?

Find out more about the national Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs), what we do, how we do it, and the clinical areas that we cover. D4D has worked with the other HTCs and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) to produce a brochure about the HTCs to help clinicians, patients and industry understand how we work across organisations to bring innovative technologies into the NHS.  Get in touch – an HTC may be the partner you need to successfully solve an unmet clinical need and change clinical practice.

You can download the brochure here, and you can find links to each HTC via the NIHR’s website, here.

Supporting the adoption of technology:
Ampcare Dysphagia ESP training event – 3 October 2016

Are you a clinician helping people manage dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)? Join us in Sheffield on Monday 3 October 2016 to learn how to use Ampcare’s Effective Swallowing Protocol (ESP), developed in collaboration with D4D.

During the day you will learn all you need to know to be certified to use this innovative new dysphagia treatment, which uses electrical stimulation in combination with specifically selected swallow strengthening exercises in order to facilitate recovery of swallow function.

The training will be hosted by Devices for Dignity and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, and will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Sheffield. For further information, please contact Irene Wilson, Course Administrator on 0114 2712676

Designing personalised solutions for children with long-term conditions

The TITCH network Schools Project, led by Sheffield Hallam University, introduced local children with long-term conditions to ‘A’ level design students for a partnership lasting an academic year.  Students worked closely with individual children and their families to design a bespoke device that would aid their day-to-day living. Ongoing guidance, workshops and facilities were provided by designers at Sheffield Hallam University, and the students and family teams were supported in their projects by D4D and Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Insight into the medtech industry was provided by industry organisations that are members of the Local Enterprise Partnership.

As a result of their projects two of the students have been offered support by an industry organisation to take a year out before university and develop their concepts into products and businesses. For one of the same two students, the family of their associated patient partner has also offered support to help develop the solution and wants to be involved in taking it forward.

A report of the successful first year of the project has been released, and is available here.

D4D in winning hackathon team – collaborating to identify hearing loss in care homes

D4D Research Associate Martin Slovak attended “Collaborate to Improve Care”, a hackathon event that took place in Liverpool in July 2016. Martin was part of the winning team that included care home staff, healthcare scientists, patients, an audiologist and a quality manager, and who together demonstrated the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in healthcare innovation. The team focused on creating a tool for screening hearing problems in people entering care homes. More than three quarters of people in care homes have hearing problems, many of which are undiagnosed and not managed, and which can have an impact on quality of life for the person.

The team will meet again in September to develop the project further, and will benefit from their prize of coaching from NHS England and the Innovation Agency.

There is an official video about the event that can be viewed here.

Improved renal care evidence and congratulations

Our congratulations to David Keane, who works with D4D on a range of projects within our Renal Technologies theme, on passing his PhD viva last month.  David’s PhD provides an improved evidence base for the use of bioimpedance and relative blood volume monitoring for fluid management in haemodialysis patients. This enables the techniques to be used with greater confidence across the whole patient population. He now hopes to develop this work, starting with a  small grant from the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (YH RDS) which will support the involvement of patients in the design of a research study, and which will subsequently be submitted as an application for grant funding.

Well done David!

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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