Now available to download – D4D HTC Annual Report for 2015/16

Now available to download – D4D Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTCs) Annual Report for 2015/16. Find out more about how we’re performing and what we’ve achieved, including information about how we work, who we work with, and how we can help other organisations.

You can also find some details of how we are performing on our website here.

Medipex NHS Innovation Awards – Open for Entries

The Medipex NHS Innovation Awards bring together the most innovative and exciting people from the region’s NHS and commercial healthcare sector.

Over 12 years, the event has established a reputation for showcasing outstanding projects and initiatives from across Yorkshire, Humber and East Midland regions, providing a unique opportunity to showcase new innovations and thinking from the NHS.

The competition is open to all NHS employees in Yorkshire and Humber the East Midlands, or anyone working with an NHS employee (e.g. a company, university employee or individual).


  • Medical Devices & Diagnostics
    This category is for innovations relating to the development of a new medical device, technology, piece of equipment or diagnostic tool.
  • Service Improvement
    Innovations which have potential to improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of services across the NHS.
  • Mental Health
    This category is for innovations relating to improvements in mental health care. In particular, improving access to services and outcomes for vulnerable service users.
  • GP and Community Care
    Innovations relating to improvements in primary care. For example; assisting independent living, reducing hospitals admissions, improvement of prescribing and remote management of patients.
  • Self-Management
    Innovations related to improving the self-management of long term conditions. For example; promotion of healthy lifestyle, increasing access & understanding of key disease indicators, educational materials, improving remote access for patients.

How to Enter
The Entry Form can be downloaded here: 2017 Innovation Awards Entry Form.

Full details can be found on the website, here:

Entries can be submitted via email or post and must be typed (faxed and handwritten entries will not be accepted).

Email to: Or send by post to: Clare Steele-Childe, Event Manager, Medipex Ltd, Pure Offices Ltd, 4100 Park Approach, Thorpe Park, Leeds, LS15 8GB.

Deadline for entries:
The closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 30th November 2016 (entries will not be accepted after this time).

The competition rules and regulations are enclosed in the entry form.

Awards ceremony
Finalists will be invited to attend an awards dinner and ceremony on Thursday 23rdMarch 2017 when the winners will be announced. The prize money will be given to the appropriate clinical directorate on the understanding it will be ring-fenced for the winner. Entrants are required to use the prize money for the benefit of their idea or innovation.

Click here to download the information leaflet

New devices developing from Schools project that introduced children with long-term conditions to A level design students

The TITCH network, part of D4D’s Paediatric Technologies theme, has been involved in a project to give A level design students the opportunity to work directly with children with long-term conditions and their families to develop a device to help the child’s daily living. You can read more about the project in the recently released report.

Click here to download the report (pdf)

Would you like to know more about the national Healthcare Technology Co-operatives?

D4D has worked with the other HTCs and the National Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) to produce a brochure about the HTCs and the clinical areas that we specialise in, please read our brochure.

Click here to download the brochure (pdf)


Developing incontinence research workshop – survey

D4D is currently working with Parkinson’s UK and a group of medical research charities to develop a workshop aimed at increasing the amount of research into incontinence in people with long-term health conditions.

Incontinence has been highlighted as an important issue for patients, carers and health professionals. We want to encourage researchers to answer the questions which are most important to those people who live with, or treat, incontinence every day.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide advice and facilitate discussion for researchers who are considering, planning or actively seeking funding for incontinence research.

What do you think would make the workshop as effective as possible? We’d appreciate you taking 5 minutes to share your thoughts in this survey, here.

Please submit your comments by August 1, 2016. You can complete the survey anonymously, but please include your name and contact details if you would like to receive more information about the workshop.

Link to survey

SBRI paediatric funding call

We are pleased to announce that the D4D/TITCH-supported SBRI call for children is now open. We are inviting applications to support self-care and independence in children with long term conditions in two key categories:

  • Category 1: Assisting or restoring function (limb rehabilitation)
  • Category 2: Self-care & remote monitoring

Full details are available here:

Important dates:

A briefing event in London will take place on the 21 June 2016. If you would like to attend please register here:


A briefing event will take place in Leeds on 22 June 2016. If you would like to attend please register here.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 28 July 2016.

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’, and you can read about our approach to patient involvement and our Elaros and Head Up projects on pages 150 and 246. You can download the report here.

Professor Wendy Tindale named Healthcare Scientist of the Year 2016

A Sheffield scientist who joined the NHS as an 18-year-old junior technologist has been named as the national Healthcare Scientist of the Year.

Professor Wendy

Professor Wendy Tindale, now the Scientific Director of Medical Imaging & Medical Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has contributed to the development of many clinical science innovations that have improved frontline care during her career. Professor Tindale, who has an OBE for Services to Healthcare, is also the Clinical Director of the National Institute of Health Research Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative, which focusses on harnessing technology to improve patient dignity.

She received the accolade at the 2016 Chief Scientific Officer’s Awards in London. It recognises her as an exceptional individual, who has used her skills and scientific ability for maximum patient and service benefit, engaged and collaborated with wider professional groups and demonstrated the broad contribution that scientists make to the NHS.

She said: “I am delighted and humbled to receive this award, which is really for the great teams of healthcare scientists and other professionals that I have had the fortune to work with over many years.

“Operating at the forefront of science and innovation, their skills and expertise make such an important contribution to high quality patient care.”

Through her work with Devices for Dignity, she has been at the forefront of developing technology to help people with long term illnesses or disabilities manage their conditions with dignity and independence. Most recently, Devices for Dignity has collaborated with other teams to successfully develop a novel, supportive neck collar for people with Motor Neurone Disease and a digital bladder diary to help people with urinary incontinence manage their condition.

During her career she has also worked on projects including the design of artificial heart valves, where she gained her Doctorate degree, and the development of new scanning techniques for medical imaging. She led a successful bid, announced in January, for the Sheffield City Region to be recognised as a national ‘Test Bed’ for trialling new technologies to help patients to self-care. She has extensive experience in frontline patient care as well as healthcare innovation, and has successfully translated research findings into patient benefits. She has contributed to numerous national and international committees and published widely in scientific literature.