Devices For Dignity Healthcare Technology co-operative
Improving outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages living with long-term health conditions
Newsletter November 2016
How are we performing and what can we do for you? Find out in our 2015/16 Annual Report
We are delighted to announce that our Annual Report for 2015/16 is now available.
D4D’s purpose is to develop innovative technology solutions to improve outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages living with long-term health conditions. In the Annual Report you can read about how we work with our major stakeholder groups – patients and carers, healthcare staff, academia and industry – to bring technology innovation into the NHS and the health marketplace for the benefit of users.
D4D invited to the Apeldoorn British-Dutch Dialogue on the future of long-term elderly care
Responding to patient need – exploring approaches to odour control in urinary incontinence
In the UK 1/3 women over 65 and 1/7 men over 65 suffer from urinary incontinence. Very few people with urinary incontinence smell bad, but many people worry that they do. In direct response to this unmet need, which was submitted to us through our website by a patient, D4D are working with odour sensing experts at the University of Warwick to explore this further.
As part of this project we will be seeking the input of people with experience of urinary incontinence, including the person that initially submitted the unmet need. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch here.
Sheffield Support Snood project – bespoke neck collars produced in response to user feedback
D4D were invited to join this high-level meeting in Utrecht in November. Discussion focused on the range of challenges in caring for older people, including population dynamics, the interface between health and social care services, and the increasing acuteness of care in residential facilities. There was discussion of the importance of technologies in addressing these needs, with a focus on the integration of care technologies into health system and carer contexts, and on the involvement of patients in developing innovative technologies. D4D has a great deal of experience in these areas, and we anticipate future collaborative working with new connections following this meeting.
As part of D4D’s ongoing Sheffield Support Snood project (a new orthosis for people with neck muscle weakness) we met with our Expert Patient Advisory Group in June 2016 to discuss potential design changes that users would value. As a result of this discussion, and funded by prize money from a Design for Health competition, two bespoke collars were made to address the changes suggested by our experts – one requested a side-fastening collar, and the other asked for a change of colour and stronger supports.
The fittings of the bespoke collars took place in November. The users are now trying out their new collars and will give us their feedback over the coming weeks. We hope they like them!
The ongoing clinical trial has recruited 106 users so far, with recruitment anticipated to end early in the New Year.
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: