NIHR Devices for Dignity Newsletter March 2017
Improving outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages
living with long-term health conditions
Child prosthetics – collaborative approach to increase innovation
We are delighted to announce that the child prosthetics research collaboration is now underway.
The collaboration will increase levels of research and accelerate the translation of new inventions and developments in child prosthetics into everyday use. This initiative will be centred on the needs of children, patients, families, and the NHS, and will ensure there is an ideal balance of ‘clinical pull’ and ‘technical push’ to create an energetic environment in which to innovate and to partner with industry.
Our activities will stimulate new research activity and will lead to targeted funding for areas of research within our sandpit events coming in Autumn 2017. To register interest your interest in these events please click here. To read the full news article please click here.
Deputy Chief Scientific Officer visit to Devices for Dignity
On 8 March we were very pleased to host Dr Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, for a visit to the Innovation Hub at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, where new technologies that are being developed to integrate effectively into existing health systems and services are showcased.
During a packed programme, Dr Carragher was introduced to a range of the technology innovations that D4D have been involved in developing, and the breadth of work the TITCH Network undertakes. We were also delighted to be joined by 365 Response, with whom we have worked closely since they were first awarded funding via the SBRI Kidney Care programme that we managed, and who have developed a platform to simplify patient transport and patient flow.
More information can be found in the full article here.
‘Bridging the Gap’ accelerating innovation in child health event – 27 April 2017
You are invited to join the TITCH Network and the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) on the 27th April at the University of Liverpool in London to explore how we can better accelerate the development and adoption of innovative technology to improve children’s healthcare.
Our invited speakers will present their experiences of technology development in the NHS, emphasising the support provided. This will be followed by four round table discussions led by facilitators, to lead to better understanding of the barriers to technology development for child health, and to determine how we can establish a pipeline to accelerate paediatric technology development, clinical evaluation and adoption in the NHS.
Places for this event are filling up fast. For further details and to register please click here.
Hearing screening – tell us your views
D4D is collaborating in a new project to develop an effective technology to help identify individuals with hearing difficulties as they move into residential care. More than three quarters of people in care homes have difficulty hearing, often undiagnosed. The project came about through a “Collaborate to Improve Care” hackathon last summer, in which D4D member Dr Martin Slovak was part of the winning multidisciplinary team.
If you are involved in care home care or management, or are a resident of a care home, or a family member, please help us to develop an effective hearing screening technology by sharing your knowledge and experience with us through our survey, here. We are also keen to hear from people who may wish to be involved in the project from a patient/carer perspective.
Children and families with experience of incontinence – we are seeking your views
D4D have joined forces with IMPRESS (Incontinence Management and PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS) to plan an incontinence workshop that will focus on the needs of young people aged 6-16 years.
We are seeking the views of children and parents to ask what they would like an event like this to achieve, and what they’d like the event to involve. This is a great opportunity for children and their families to work with the engineers at IMPRESS to come up with workable solutions to address incontinence issues.
The event will be in Leeds and is planned for 30 September 2017, and will be heavily influenced by your views. Tell us what you think by clicking here, or use #kidstoilettalk on Twitter and Facebook.
Innovation Award win for 365 Response – Medlink Yorkshire & Humber Healthcare Business Awards 2017
D4D collaborator 365 Response is a specialist commissioning support service to manage 999 demand and patient transport services. It has designed and delivered Healthcab, a cloud-based logistics platform, into the NHS.
Healthcab won the Innovation Award at the recent Medilink Yorkshire and Humber Healthcare Business Awards. The judging panel said that in patient transport 365 Response is tackling one of the biggest current problems that had not previously been addressed properly.
D4D’s collaboration with 365 Response originally began through the SBRI Kidney Care competition that was managed by D4D in 2013, and for which 365 Response were successful applicants with Healthcab at Phase 1 and Phase 2.
To read the full D4D article please click here.
Dept of International Trade
Earlier this month D4D had the opportunity to introduce experts from the Department of International Trade to the work that D4D does, and the opportunities that we can offer. The strong message from D4D and the other HTCs is of the value of co-operation. D4D already has a track record of welcoming and working with businesses from around the world.
We look forward to hearing from new companies who are hoping to work with D4D to meet the unmet needs of patients, wherever they may be. You can contact Oliver Wells, our Commercial Director, on 0777 1598644, or through email here.
You can read the full article here.
If you have identified an unmet clinical need, please tell us about it through our Innovation Portal, here.
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