D4D specialises in the development of medtech to meet the unmet healthcare needs of people and services for patients with long-term conditions, predominantly within diabetes, renal care, and long-term neurological conditions. We are responding to changing priorities across these areas in response to COVID-19. 

Our team continues to meet routinely to assess new enquiries relating to our areas of clinical specialisation. Understandably the areas for priority technology development are evolving, and we are currently working to understand these changing patient and service priorities in our specialist areas over the short- and medium-term. These changing needs relate to patient care (for those isolating, experiencing symptoms, or people whose care requires significant interventions following by rehabilitation), service delivery, and service responsiveness at the current time and in the future. More information will be shared over the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime we are receiving increased contact from organisations, businesses and groups seeking our expertise both in our clinical specialist areas, and more broadly.  Where D4D are unable to provide services either due to our range of expertise or our operational capacity we are advising that enquirers look into the helpful resources and links provided by other operators within the healthcare innovation sector. These include:

The AHSN Network, accessible here. This page lists links for work around PPE, ventilators, vaccines, diagnostics, and NHSx.

The NIHR are receiving urgent applications for public health research relating to COVID-19, with a form accessible here.

UK Parliament is establishing a database of experts. For more information click here.

The Government is requesting that companies and organisations offering their support (hotels, logistics, diagnostics, technologies etc) register their details here.

UKRI have an open-ended funding call for business to lead responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Details are available here.

Health Education England are providing many updates and resources, including free e-learning around COVID-19 for healthcare professionals. Their news page is available here.

We also suggest that enquirers contact the other NIHR-funded MedTech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives, linked here.

We wish everyone the best at these difficult times, and hope you are all able to stay safe and well.