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Newsletter February 2016

Innovation Workshop and Funding -  25 February 2016, Sheffield

The Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH) Network, in association with the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and Medilink, are running an invitation-only innovation workshop on 25 February 2016 in Sheffield. The workshop will bring together clinicians, academics and industry to work together to discuss problems and come up with possible solutions. The AHSN will then support the best projects by offering Proof of Concept funding, and possible grant support.

Through working with patients, carers and clinicians, TITCH, which is managed by D4D, has identified 3 high priority areas of unmet clinical need that will form the basis of the workshop:
  • Accurate monitoring of oxygen levels in very young children.  
  • Better cannula materials - both the material that goes into a baby's vein, and the dressing that secures the cannula.
  • Better ways of obtaining urine samples to aid clinical diagnoses in children.

NHS Confederation Patients as Partners Event - 14 April 2016, Sheffield

D4D are proud to be involved in the upcoming NHS Confederation Patients as Partners event. It is an invitation-only learning event for healthcare leaders to explore together how to create the conditions where genuine partnerships of trust, shared purpose and responsibility can be built across health and social care with people who have significant experience of being a patient and/or using services who are motivated to lead change and improve lives. 

The event will contribute to a number of key pieces of local, regional and national work led by the co-hosting organisations to create the conditions where patients are truly valued as partners and facilitators of sustainable change and improvement in health and care. 
The workshop leaders are people with a local and national profile who live with significant and enduring mental and/or physical mental health conditions; they also have a wealth of different talents and skills coming from a wide range of backgrounds. Each of them have used all of this experience and expertise to manage their own conditions and to improve the lives and experience of care of others. Ted Talks, education, project management, co-production, campaigning, design and development of technology, research and being involved in governance are just some of the ways in which these people have contributed to improving health and care. Their stories show that when local health and care systems are at their best, patients are not the problem; they are part of co-creating the solutions.  

£500,000 Awarded for Device Development

GSPK Design have been awarded £500,000 to further develop a unique wireless smart switch to help people who have acute brain injury or severe disabilities using tiny electrical signals produced by muscles (electromyography, EMG) to engage with their environment. GSPK Design aims to have the product on the market at the beginning of 2017. 

“This is a fantastic achievement for GSPK Design, all our effort and collaboration with the various bodies within the NHS over the last few years is now starting to come together,” said Managing Director of GSPK Design, Paul Marsh.

This Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) funding will enable GSPK Design's partnership working to continue with The Assistive Technology Team at Barnsley Hospital, The Centre for Assistive Technology & Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield and NIHR Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (D4D). 

You can read the full press release here, and visit GSPK Design's website here.

Child Survey - World Kidney Day, 10 March 2016

As part of World Kidney Day on 10 March 2016, D4D junior is asking children and young people suffering with a kidney condition to share their thoughts on useful technologies that help them manage their condition. The survey is short and only takes a few minutes to complete. The information received will inform potential projects within our Paediatric Theme over the next year, and will help raise awareness for children who suffer from a kidney condition.

If you would like to complete the survey, you can find it here.   

Congratulations to Professor O'Connor

Our congratulations to Rory O'Connor - this month he has been appointed Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Leeds. Professor O'Connor is the joint Clinical Lead for our Assistive and Rehabilitative Technologies (ART) theme, and his new position reflects his internationally recognised expertise in the acquisition of functional skills. 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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