“Since 2008 we have been working collaboratively with patients, carers, clinicians, industry, charity, designers and engineers to develop and introduce technologies that improve treatment and quality of life for patients. We’re driven by patient and clinical need, and work within existing healthcare and manufacturing systems to ensure we have the greatest impact possible.”
Dr Nicola Heron
D4D Programme Director, 2009-2017
Devices for Dignity is one of 11 national MedTech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs). We are 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. We focus on developing technology solutions to meet clinical needs and for chronic health conditions that are often overlooked, and that are typically associated with loss of dignity and independence, and poor patient outcomes.
For more information about the national MICs and each of our specialist areas, you can visit the NIHR’s page, here.
Devices for Dignity is a national body, and is hosted at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We work closely with other NIHR-funded organisations including Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), Clinical Research Facilities (CRFs), Biomedical Research Centres and Units (BRCs, BRUs), the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI), Research Design Services (RDSs), the Clinical Research Network (CRN), and the other MICs. We work with Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) nationally, and link with Clinical Trials Units where projects need.
We also work with other national bodies within the health technology space, including the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
We are strategically linked with the INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine, and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield.
Our Academic Partners:
Our NHS partners:
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- North Bristol NHS Trust
- The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Our Innovation Partners: