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Newsletter March 2016

Professor Wendy Tindale named as Healthcare Scientist of the Year

D4D's Clinical Director, Professor Wendy Tindale OBE, has been named Healthcare Scientist of the Year (2016) at the Chief Scientific Officer's Awards in London. 

Wendy said: “I am delighted and humbled to receive this award, which is really for the great teams of healthcare scientists and other professionals that I have had the fortune to work with over many years. Operating at the forefront of science and innovation, their skills and expertise make such an important contribution to high quality patient care.”

You can read the full press release here.

EPSRC-HTC Networks Plus - further funding awarded

D4D are partners in the Incontinence Management and Prevention through Engineering and Sciences (IMPRESS) and Medical Devices  and Vulnerable Skin (MDVS) EPSRC-HTC networks. Both have recently been awarded follow on funding to continue their activities for 2 years (IMPRESS) or 3 years (MDVS). Both networks will support ongoing innovations in healthcare management in a variety of ways including by offering funding for feasibility projects, bringing relevant experts and patients together for workshops, and helping to bridge the gap between research findings and the application of medical devices within clinical practices.

For more information about the IMPRESS Network's current activities click here, and for the MDVS Network click here.

Bedside swallow assessment funding award

Swallowing problems affect many people of all ages and, if not detected, penetration of food or fluid into the lungs can lead to choking, pneumonia and malnutrition. Some people are unable to swallow anything safely and are fed by tube.

D4D are working in partnership with Cambridge University (as part of the PRIDE network) to develop a new technique that will permit more accurate evaluation of swallow safety in patients who cannot use existing methods. The group have recently won funding from the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust of £17,500 to help fund this important work. 

Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) workshops

We held the TITCH Network's second workshop in Manchester on 2 March 2016. The intention of the workshop was to discuss clinical needs, look at possible solutions and begin to consider potential projects. Attendees had been asked to submit unmet needs via the registration process, so these were considered alongside the unmet needs from previous workshop that was held in Sheffield.
Greater Manchester AHSN and the Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust are providing a £50k fund to support Proof of Concept work and to further develop ideas that arose from these workshops. The fund goes live from April 2016 and project teams will be supported by GMASHN and the TITCH network.

Sheffield Support Snood Trial

We now have 10 sites open across the UK who are recruiting patients with neck weakness to try out the Sheffield Support Snood neck orthosis (collar). Neck weakness can be caused by many different neurological diseases, for example motor neurone disease (MND), multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and stroke.

The new collar is unique as it has been designed in partnership with patients who have MND. It offers patients adaptable support that they can tailor to meet their own requirements.

We have a mascot for the trial, seen here modelling his support snood collar. You can follow him and get Twitter updates on the trial progress at: @HeadUp-Bruno 

Congratulations to Professor Pownall

Our congratulations to Sue Pownall, a member of our Assistive and Rehabilitative Technologies (ART) theme - she has been appointed Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. Sue lends her expertise to a range of communication and swallowing projects within D4D's portfolio. This new position reflects Sue's internationally recognised expertise in research and clinical practice. Well done!

And more...

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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