D4D has a national network of healthcare experts who enable us to rapidly access opinions, knowledge, and know-how from across the NHS. In addition, we have established networks of patients, carers, academics, charities, designers and engineers, who all provide knowledge and skills to our projects.
D4D is a national body, and is hosted at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We work closely with other NIHR-funded organisations including Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives (DECs), Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs), Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs), Biomedical Research Units (BRUs), the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI), Research Design Services (RDSs), the Clinical Research Network (CRN) and the other HTCs. We work with Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) nationally, and link with Clinical Trials Units where projects need.
We are partners in four Partnership Awards jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the NIHR. These networks were funded specifically to capitalised on the expertise of our clinical and academic communities, and establish closer links with industry, in order to better address healthcare issues.
EPSRC-NIHR HTC Partnerships:
- IMPRESS: Incontinence Management and Prevention through Engineering and Sciences
- MDVS: Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin
- PRIDE: Promoting Real Independence through Design Expertise
- Devices for Surgery and Rehabilitation
The Perfect Patient Pathway is an awarded NHS England Test Bed site. It involves 28 partners spanning across health, social care, education, technology and voluntary sector organisations in the Sheffield City Region.
The Test Bed aims to create the perfect patient pathway to bring substantial benefits for patients suffering from long term health conditions, such as diabetes, mental health problems, respiratory disease, hypertension and other chronic conditions.
The test bed will offer new solutions to keep patients with long term conditions well, independent and avoiding crisis points which often result in hospital admission, intensive rehabilitation and a high level of social care support.
You can visit the Perfect Patient Pathway website here.
The Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine coordinates academics and clinicians from a multiplicity of disciplines who collaborate to improve health outcomes by developing subject-specific computer models able to compute ‘biomarkers’ – measures of physiology that can support a clinical decision – which are difficult or impossible to obtain directly. These advanced computer simulations can then be used directly in clinical practice to improve diagnosis and optimise treatment, offering a path to a more personalised medicine. The Institute is at the forefront of clinical translation.
You can visit Insigneo’s website here.
D4D also works closely with the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH), a transnational research centre at the University of Sheffield. CATCH researches, develops, evaluates and implements new technologies to enable people to live well and age well. Their aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to the quality of life and independence of the growing number of people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. CATCH brings together and coordinates the activities of over 70 academics across 17 departments and five faculties at the University of Sheffield, including healthcare scientists, engineers, psychologists, computer scientists, architects, and social scientists.
You can visit CATCH’s website here.