Improving outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages with long-term health conditions


Improving outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages with long-term health conditions


Improving outcomes and quality of life for people of all ages with long-term health conditions

Innovating to improve patient outcomes and quality of life

Boosting the impact and value of healthcare innovation

Diverse and experienced team embedded within the NHS


“D4D’s understanding of the NHS landscape and the regulatory requirements of medical devices has been extremely beneficial and invaluable in the early stages of the development process. Their vast network has opened up a number of opportunities and enabled us to improve our chances of product adoption and success, without which we probably would still be fumbling in the dark”

GSPK Design – Emego Project

“Other, more rigid collars were painful. I couldn’t wear them for too long. I can wear this collar for 8 hours straight…I wear it at work”

Patient participant feedback during clinical study of collar for neck muscle weakness, the Sheffield Support Snood project

“I then see that my experiences and thoughts seem to go on and provide fodder for the designs, which is extremely gratifying”

Patient participant commenting on experience of direct involvement in a product concept design event

“When asked what would make a difference for them and their patients, one of the things that GP’s, care home cares and nurses often mention is that they’d like to be able to accurately diagnose urinary tract infections…We are responding to this need by working on a device that we hope will help with this situation”

Dr Nicola Morris – Bristol Urological Institute – Collaborating with D4D

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About Us

Devices for Dignity is one of eight national Healthcare Technology Co-operatives (HTCs). We are funded by the NIHR to act as a catalyst within the NHS for the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions. We focus on developing technology solutions to meet clinical needs and for chronic health conditions that are often overlooked and that are typically associated with loss of dignity and independence, and poor patient outcomes.

People with long-term conditions often experience a range of complex issues, for example incontinence, mental health conditions, reliance on regular hospital-based therapies, communication difficulties, or difficulties with independently performing activities of daily living. While many current treatments and technologies in these areas provide a vital clinical function, many don’t take into account how the patient uses the technology in the full context of their day-to-day life. If a patient dislikes using a treatment or technology – whether because it is time consuming, heavy, noisy, affordable, invasive, unattractive, or fits poorly – they are less likely to do so. D4D therefore works closely with patients, carers and all other parties involved in product development to ensure the technologies we develop fit into the lives of the people that they’re designed for.

  • Our Process

    D4D has developed an adaptable approach to addressing unmet clinical needs. After a clinical need has been identified, we use our networks of patients and experts to independently refine and validate the need.

  • Who We Work WIth

    We work with many institutions and businesses on individual projects with a wide range of partners, both nationally and internationally.

  • Expert Networks

    D4D has a national network of healthcare experts who enable us to rapidly access opinions, knowledge, and know-how from across the NHS.

  • Paediatric Network

    TITCH is a national healthcare technology network that is dedicated to the development of technology solutions to help improve children’s healthcare.

  • How Are We Performing

    We worked on 51 projects
    We received 69 enquiries for new product development
    We started 14 new projects
    We achieved a 56% grant success rate
    Plus lots more…