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Newsletter September 2016

£750k for the development of child prosthetics

As part of a £1.5 million investment, the Department of Health has announced £750,000 of NIHR funding to speed up the development of new prosthetic technologies specifically for children.

The funding will help to establish a new collaboration, led by D4D and in partnership with the other HTCs, to bring together leading national research centres with key experts from the NHS, industry, clinical academia, and patients.

The collaboration will facilitate research projects involving relevant clinical and academic networks in order to attract the leading talent, ideas and collaborations in child prosthetics research. It will identify the needs of patients and work to speed up the development of cutting edge technologies and approaches to meet these needs.

You can read the full press release here.

Spotlight on incontinence
Workshop invitation - 2 December 2016, London


D4D are delighted to have joined with a group of charities to encourage researchers to answer the questions which are most important to people who live with, or treat, incontinence every day. Working with the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnerships, the charities have identified incontinence as a major issue. A workshop is taking place on 2 December at Guy's Hospital, London.

We are looking forward to bringing our expertise in working collaboratively with industry, patients, NHS and academia to the workshop and hopefully catalysing some new exciting research collaborations.

Registration is free, and is now open. For more information and to register click here

Inviting renal patients to share their perspectives

We have started a project to look into the perspectives of renal dialysis patients. We are keen to know more from patients about how their target weight management and ultrafiltration volumes are decided upon, what they mean, and what factors influence those decisions.  A questionnaire will be developed with patients and clinicians, and patient views will be sought via multiple Renal Units across England.  This project complements our HTA-funded BISTRO project, which is looking at whether the incorporation of bioimpedance measurements into the setting of the post-dialytic target weights reduces loss of residual kidney function in in-centre haemodialysis patients. You can read more about BISTRO here.

The Patient Perspectives project is funded jointly through the British Renal Society and the British Kidney Patient Association.

Introducing David Coyle - D4D's Patient Lead

Our approach to listening to patients and the public has taken a further step forward in the appointment of David Coyle as our Patient Lead. David joined us in 2014 as a professional project manager to manage our SBRI renal projects. As someone with kidney disease and experience of cancer, he was also able to provide real patient experience to the project teams. We quickly realised what an asset he was to our D4D team and are delighted to have David working with us now to lead our Patient Engagement strategy. As a first key milestone he is creating a network of patients who can help us in our ambition to develop important technologies that help people living with long term conditions. The feedback from our #MyDignityMeans campaign was discussed at the first meeting of this exciting new network......outcomes to follow!

You can download the report from our My Dignity Means event last year from our website, here.

How can D4D help you?

D4D are applying our broad expertise and experience through commissioned projects to help companies with specific pieces of work. We can respond quickly and in a focused manner to the particular needs that companies face to help address challenges as they arise. The areas in which we have provided support include:
  • seeking clinical and patient insights
  • validating product and service concepts
  • regulatory guidance
  • strategy development
  • support with grant applications
  • clinical evidence planning
  • market insights
  • signposting within the NHS
If your business faces challenges in any of these areas, we would encourage you to contact us.

Other upcoming D4D and partner events

3 October 2016, Sheffield  
Ampcare's Effective Swallowing Protocol

Are you a clinician helping people manage dysphagia? Learn how to use Ampcare's Effective Swallowing Protocol (ESP) kit, developed in collaboration with D4D. 
For more information please contact us on 0114 2829988. 

20 October 2016, Southampton
Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin (MDVS) Network Sandpit event

D4D are partners in the MDVS network, who are announcing calls for partners to apply for up to £50,000 to develop and test improved medical devices that will minimise damage to vulnerable skin. 
To find out more contact Fiona Brewer ( 

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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