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

Making our broad expertise and experience available to companies through collaborative projects and direct service contracts

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NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative (D4D) – specialists in developing  technologies for people with long-term conditions.

We are hosted in the NHS, and act as a catalyst for the development of innovative medical devices, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions.

Our comprehensive expertise in innovation and medtech development can benefit your projects. If you would like to access our services please contact us here.

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

Our Clinical Themes


Long-Term Neurological Conditions

Renal Technologies

There are 15 million people in the UK with a disability and 10 million with a long-term illness. We look at how people are restricted and the challenges that arise from combinations of conditions, which impact independence and quality of life. Our vision is to prevent, reduce and treat such limitations by tackling these issues earlier through developing technologies, informed by those who need them, those who use them, and those who make them.


“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 Head-Up 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

“D4D’s support has really helped accelerate our product development. Their suggestions, constructive feedback, insights on patient needs, knowledge of the labyrinthine NHS ecosystem, and introductions to stakeholders have been invaluable. They have been so enthusiastic and encouraging about what we’re seeking to achieve, which is really important to an SME developing novel medical products.”

Keith Binding, Managing Director of Binding Sciences Ltd

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