Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network (MDVS) Sandpit – 20 October 2016

You are invited to contact the MDVS Network to register for their sandpit event on Thursday 20th October 2016 (10am – 4pm) in the Chilworth Manor Hotel, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton, UK, SO16 7PT.

At the event they will be announcing calls for partners to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to work in partnership with academics and clinicians to develop and test improved medical devices that will minimise damage to vulnerable skin. Examples of these medical devices could include respiratory masks, support surfaces (beds or chairs), or prosthetic/orthotic devices

Over a third of hospitalised pressure ulcers are caused by interventional medical devices. The underlying causes of these device related ulcers are diverse, but there are some common themes including correct use of materials, design features and the need to develop intelligent self-monitoring when a device is in use.

There will be a number of speakers confirmed who will be talking about their functional medical device, sensing technologies and novel materials and designs that can minimise the risk of damage to vulnerable tissues as well as the availability of new funding mechanisms to support potential projects from both the MDVSN and MRC.

To find out more, explore the issues involved, and learn how this funded collaboration may help you develop products with a competitive safety advantage, contact Fiona Brewer (F.Brewer@soton.ac.uk). There will be no registration fees for this event.

You can find out more about the MDVS network on their website, here.

Adopting MedTech for Patient Benefit – 11 February 2016

This day-long event will enable the MedTech sector to engage with clinical and academic expertise to better understand the evidence required by the NHS for the adoption of medical technologies.

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Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge X, 10-11 Nov 2015

Devices for Dignity are attending Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge X at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, 10-11 November 2015. We’re taking part in multiple sessions at the event, which is expected to be an excellent platform the discussion and new thinking around continence, and includes a session on how experts think continence will be managed in 20 years’ time.

The programme is available here and there is still time to register for the event.

NIHR MindTech HTC symposium – 3 December 2015

MindTech have great pleasure in announcing ‘Harnessing the Digital Revolution’ – The 3rd national symposium for the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) to be held on Thursday 3rd December 2015, at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this event. MindTech 2015 brings together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in building a faster evidence-base to support implementation of new technologies in mental healthcare. The event is targeted at NHS clinicians, service users, policy makers, technology developers/SMEs and academics and should be an excellent opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas. Booking and registration details are available on this link: http://www.mindtech.org.uk/mindtech-annual-conference.html

Booking is now open and early bird booking rates do apply – don’t miss out!

D4D conference programme – My Dignity Means – 2 June 2015

Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (D4D HTC) is a national initiative funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to drive forward innovative new products,processes and services to help people living with long time conditions.
We aim to make a difference to the wellbeing of patients, the effectiveness of the NHS, and the wealth of the nation. Working with patients, carers and the public, clinical and healthcare staff, industry, academics and charities, we bring real solutions to areas of unmet clinical and patient need. Our work focuses on four key areas:

• Renal Technologies
• Assistive and Rehabilitative Technologies
• Urinary Continence Management
• Paediatric Technologies

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Kidney Care Innovation Exhibition Information – 5 December 2014

On 5th December 2014 the SBRI Kidney Care Competition winners will gather in Sheffield tocelebrate the successful completion of phase one funding. This free exhibition event will provide anopportunity to discuss the preliminary outcomes ofthe projects in this kidney care innovation programme:

  • Development of an innovative sensor that can detect early AKI by sensing volatile molecules in the urine, at the bedside (University ofCambridge and Sensor Hut Ltd)
  • Development of a sensitive test for urinary K- Cadherin, a marker of kidney disease progression in patients with diabetes (Helier Scientific Ltd)
  • Automated information technology system to calculate risk and alert clinical teams (Patientrack Limited and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Ensuring faster treatment of Acute Kidney Injury using secure messaging to deliver alerts to clinicians in real time and then enabling instant, mobile cross team referrals and conversation
    (DocCom Careflow)
  • Delivering patient results in real time and modules to allow patients to flag up mistakes and changes in their medical records (UK Renal Data Collaboration)
  • A telemedicine platform to reduce patient hospital attendance (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)

Date: 5 th December 2014
Location: Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2PY
Duration: 12:00h – 15:00h More information: devicesfordignity.org.uk

  • A device for monitoring renal function at home using interstitial fluid allowing out of hospital monitoring of kidney function (IF Sensing Ltd)
  • An online support programme using coping exercises to improve self-management in order to delay disease progression and aid shared decision-making around dialysis in order to reduce distress and decisional conflict (Atlantis Healthcare)
  • A test for Aminoacylase-1, a biosensor for early transplant function (Randox Laboratories Ltd)
  • An immunoabsorption system for patients due to have blood group incompatible transplants and can be used simultaneously with haemodialysis, reducing treatment time and time spent in hospital (University of Leeds)
  • Infection sensors that can be incorporated into existing peritoneal dialysis products (Microsensor Limited)
  • Modelling the “dialysis day” with the aim of minimising delays in haemodialysis patient treatment (Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd)
    A booking app for transport, one key factor for delays in haemodialysis treatment (365 Response Ltd)
  • If you are a healthcare professional working in renal care, a charity or a business organisation interested in renal technologies, join our innovation teams to hear about these projects and the potential for new products and services to be developed. A buffet lunch will be provided for all the guests who attend. There are limited places available so please email (kirsty.kassim@sth.nhs.uk) or call us (0114 221 2159) to confirm your attendance.

5 th December
2014 12:00h – 15:00h
Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2

PY Programme Exhibition open 12:00h – 15:00h All teams will exhibit in the main exhibition room and guests are invited to stay for lunch, meet the teams and find out about the outcomes from Phase 1. Welcome and opening address 12.30-12.45

Prof Wendy Tindale, Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Clinical Director at NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC

Clinical Context Dr Sandip Mitra, Consultant Nephrologist and Renal Theme Lead at Devices for Dignity, NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative Booking There are limited places available so please email (kirsty.kassim@sth.nhs.uk) or call us (0114 221 2159) to confirm your attendance.

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MindTech 2014 Mental Health Technology Symposium – 24 November 2014

Mind The Gap – How can evidence keep pace with new technologies in mental healthcare?

MindTech 2014 Mental Health Technology Symposium

Date: Monday 24th November 2014
Venue: The Royal College of Physicians, London

Greater use of technology in mental healthcare has the potential to increase access, personalise care, reduce costs and improve outcomes. However:

  • Technology is changing more quickly than our ability to properly assess its application.
  • Substantial gaps exist in the evidence base underlying new technologies, especially regarding e-Mental Health and mobile applications. Much of what is currently available has not been evaluated.

MindTech 2014 brings together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in building a faster evidence-base to support implementation of new technologies in mental healthcare.

D4D partner of the BIN@Sheffield conference – 10 November 2014

The University of Sheffield will be hosting the 5th international BIN@ conference at the Showroom Workstation in Sheffield on November 10th, 11th and 12th 2014. Devices for Dignity (D4D) will participate as one of the partners involved in the organisation of the event.

BIN@ is an informal international network of partners from across industry, academia, investment, incubation, business development and economic development agencies supporting the sharing of good practice and knowledge and promoting open innovation.

On the 11th November, D4D experts will participate in the “Health Design Hack” workshop. Two patient unmet needs validated by D4D will be analysed by workshop participants, who will be grouped into multi-disciplinary teams including clinicians, medical engineers and designers. The goal of the workshop is to create innovative concepts of devices that solve the patient need.

On the 12th November, D4D will lead the action tank “Improving patient care & outcomes” to discuss the process from the identification of unmet patient needs to the adoption of solutions to address these needs. Experts from D4D will describe the key factors essential to successful innovation in healthcare and will use real-world examples of successful collaborations delivering new medical devices and impacting patient care. Academic researchers, health professionals, companies and patients are invited to come along to discuss the pathway to successful healthcare innovation and discover how they can participate and be involved in the design, development and evaluation of new healthcare technologies bringing real solutions to patient need.

More information: www.binsheffield2014.com

National meeting to address technological application in colorectal disease – 21 August 2013

A new national centre for innovation in colorectal therapies is hosting its inaugural ‘annual event’ to stimulate novel and exciting ideas to advance patient care.

The event, entitled ‘Accelerating technology for patient benefit in colorectal disease‘, will be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, in October – and brings together world leading speakers, scientists and engineers.

The National Institute for Health Research Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technology Co-operative (NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC) based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of eight national HTCs funded by the NIHR. HTCs have been created to address a gap in the medical technologies innovation pathway. By bringing together partners from the NHS, academia, industry, funders, and patients and public, the HTCs will generate new ideas and interventions that target areas of unmet clinical need.

Following a successful regional launch in May, the NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC is looking to expand its network and reach out to open-minded and innovative individuals and organisations to drive the development of new technologies for application in colorectal disease.

The HTC will focus on three key areas for development in Colorectal Therapies: nanotechnology, biosensing and engineering. The HTC will stimulate blue-sky thinking to generate new ideas to be taken through concept development and evaluation, to funding and commercial partnerships.

The HTC is currently working on projects with several SMEs in the Yorkshire region and wishes to expand its commercial links across the UK technology network.

The national event, which is free of charge, is open to broad-minded clinicians with a passion for advancing colorectal therapies, creative scientists and engineers wishing to apply or expand their expertise in this clinical area, industry partners involved in materials or device technologies, and patients with real-life experience of colorectal disease.

Plenary lectures will be delivered by high-profile speakers, including:

  • Sir Mark Welland, Head of the Nanoscience Centre, Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Professor Welland has previously served as Chief Scientific Advisor in the UK Ministry of Defence and will be speaking about what technology has done to advance the medical sector and its future potential, with a specific focus on nanotechnology.
  • Dr Larry Nagahara, Director of the Office of Physical Sciences-Oncology and National Cancer Institute in the USA. He will be speaking about his experience of setting up centres in the US, similar to HTCs, for engaging physical scientists and clinicians to develop new technologies for the treatment of cancer.
  • Dr Richard Satava, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the University of Washington Medical Centre and Senior Scientific Advisor to US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) is a pioneer in surgical robotics and telemedicine and will be speaking about future technological advancements in medicine, with a specific focus on surgical application.

Professor David Jayne, of the University of Leeds and Clinical Director of the NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC said: “This meeting will bring together the best experts from engineering and science to apply their knowledge to areas of unmet clinical need identified by NHS clinicians and patients and the public. It will be a fascinating day leading to fruitful partnerships that will develop the next generation of innovative treatments for patients with colorectal disease.”

The NIHR Colorectal Therapies HTC inaugural event will take place at the Leeds Royal Armouries on 17 October 2013 (http://www.royalarmouries.org).
For details and to book your free place please visit: http://www.colorectaltherapieshtc.eventbrite.co.uk or follow the HTC on Twitter @ColorectalHTC to keep updated.