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Delivering innovative technology solutions to support people with long-term conditions, preserving their dignity and independence

Newsletter May 2016

Paediatric Hackathon - 25 June 2016, Leeds

TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) invite children, parents and healthcare professionals to step into Dr Moon’s Inventing Room and take part in a unique Children’s Health Innovation Day to be held in Leeds on Saturday 25 June. Help us hack, create and innovate. For more details go to the website, here.

NIHR at 10 - D4D Impact Case Studies

Two D4D impact case studies are included in a publication released by RAND Europe and the Policy Institute at King’s College London. The report is called ‘The National Institute for Health Research at 10 years - An impact synthesis: 100 Impact Case Studies’.  You can read about how patients and carers are integral to our approach, as well as two of our projects (Elaros, our electronic bladder diary, and Head Up, an orthosis for people with neck weakness), on pages 150 and 246. The report is available for download here.

Upcoming Paediatric SBRI Call

A new national Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) healthcare competition is being launched in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) to find innovative new products and services in child health. This call has been supported by D4D Junior and the TITCH network.

Applications will be invited from industry partners and their collaborators to support self-care and independence in children with long-term conditions in two key areas:
  • Assisting or restoring function (limb rehabilitation)
  • Self-care and remote monitoring
Dates for briefing events and deadlines will be released shortly. If you would like to be contacted when details are available please get in touch with

Perfect Patient Pathway - engagement events

D4D are partners in the Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed programme, which aims to modernise aspects of how the NHS delivers care.  More than 200 clinicians, operational managers, system leaders and other stakeholders attended recent engagement events for the Test Bed.  The events brought people together to discuss opportunities for how, from their perspectives as people working within the health and social care system, technology could be used to address some of the challenges faced by patients with long-term conditions and those providing their care. Further dates are being planned that will build on the outcomes from these events, and that will draw in patient opinions.

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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