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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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

D4D is 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.

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.

Innovation Tracker – Our Projects

Hover over the dots to view project names. Case studies are available for projects shown in orange, and new case studies are added regularly. Projects in blue link to further information.

Commercially sensitive projects are not shown.

In 2017/18 we received 45 new project enquiries and collaboration requests.


“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 Sheffield Support Snood 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

“When asked what would make a difference for them and their patients, one of the things that GPs, care home carers and nurses often mention is that they’d like to be able to accurately diagnose urinary tract infections…We are responding to this need by working on a device that we hope will help with this situation”

Dr Nicola Morris – Bristol Urological Institute – Collaborating with D4D

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