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.
“Since 2008 we have been working collaboratively with patients, carers, clinicians, industry, charity, designers and engineers to develop and introduce technologies that improve treatment and quality of life for patients. We’re driven by patient and clinical need, and work within existing healthcare and manufacturing systems to ensure we have the greatest impact possible.”
Dr Nicola Heron
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, unaffordable, 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.