Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network (MDVS) Sandpit – 20 October 2016

You are invited to contact the MDVS Network to register for their sandpit event on Thursday 20th October 2016 (10am – 4pm) in the Chilworth Manor Hotel, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton, UK, SO16 7PT.

At the event they will be announcing calls for partners to apply for grants of up to £50,000 to work in partnership with academics and clinicians to develop and test improved medical devices that will minimise damage to vulnerable skin. Examples of these medical devices could include respiratory masks, support surfaces (beds or chairs), or prosthetic/orthotic devices

Over a third of hospitalised pressure ulcers are caused by interventional medical devices. The underlying causes of these device related ulcers are diverse, but there are some common themes including correct use of materials, design features and the need to develop intelligent self-monitoring when a device is in use.

There will be a number of speakers confirmed who will be talking about their functional medical device, sensing technologies and novel materials and designs that can minimise the risk of damage to vulnerable tissues as well as the availability of new funding mechanisms to support potential projects from both the MDVSN and MRC.

To find out more, explore the issues involved, and learn how this funded collaboration may help you develop products with a competitive safety advantage, contact Fiona Brewer ( There will be no registration fees for this event.

You can find out more about the MDVS network on their website, here.

Adopting MedTech for Patient Benefit – 11 February 2016

This day-long event will enable the MedTech sector to engage with clinical and academic expertise to better understand the evidence required by the NHS for the adoption of medical technologies.

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Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge X, 10-11 Nov 2015

Devices for Dignity are attending Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge X at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, 10-11 November 2015. We’re taking part in multiple sessions at the event, which is expected to be an excellent platform the discussion and new thinking around continence, and includes a session on how experts think continence will be managed in 20 years’ time.

The programme is available here and there is still time to register for the event.

NIHR MindTech HTC symposium – 3 December 2015

MindTech have great pleasure in announcing ‘Harnessing the Digital Revolution’ – The 3rd national symposium for the NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) to be held on Thursday 3rd December 2015, at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this event. MindTech 2015 brings together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in building a faster evidence-base to support implementation of new technologies in mental healthcare. The event is targeted at NHS clinicians, service users, policy makers, technology developers/SMEs and academics and should be an excellent opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas. Booking and registration details are available on this link:

Booking is now open and early bird booking rates do apply – don’t miss out!

D4D conference programme – My Dignity Means – 2 June 2015

Devices for Dignity Healthcare Technology Co-operative (D4D HTC) is a national initiative funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to drive forward innovative new products,processes and services to help people living with long time conditions.
We aim to make a difference to the wellbeing of patients, the effectiveness of the NHS, and the wealth of the nation. Working with patients, carers and the public, clinical and healthcare staff, industry, academics and charities, we bring real solutions to areas of unmet clinical and patient need. Our work focuses on four key areas:

• Renal Technologies
• Assistive and Rehabilitative Technologies
• Urinary Continence Management
• Paediatric Technologies

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Kidney Care Innovation Exhibition Information – 5 December 2014

On 5th December 2014 the SBRI Kidney Care Competition winners will gather in Sheffield tocelebrate the successful completion of phase one funding. This free exhibition event will provide anopportunity to discuss the preliminary outcomes ofthe projects in this kidney care innovation programme:

  • Development of an innovative sensor that can detect early AKI by sensing volatile molecules in the urine, at the bedside (University ofCambridge and Sensor Hut Ltd)
  • Development of a sensitive test for urinary K- Cadherin, a marker of kidney disease progression in patients with diabetes (Helier Scientific Ltd)
  • Automated information technology system to calculate risk and alert clinical teams (Patientrack Limited and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust)
  • Ensuring faster treatment of Acute Kidney Injury using secure messaging to deliver alerts to clinicians in real time and then enabling instant, mobile cross team referrals and conversation
    (DocCom Careflow)
  • Delivering patient results in real time and modules to allow patients to flag up mistakes and changes in their medical records (UK Renal Data Collaboration)
  • A telemedicine platform to reduce patient hospital attendance (East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust)

Date: 5 th December 2014
Location: Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2PY
Duration: 12:00h – 15:00h More information:

  • A device for monitoring renal function at home using interstitial fluid allowing out of hospital monitoring of kidney function (IF Sensing Ltd)
  • An online support programme using coping exercises to improve self-management in order to delay disease progression and aid shared decision-making around dialysis in order to reduce distress and decisional conflict (Atlantis Healthcare)
  • A test for Aminoacylase-1, a biosensor for early transplant function (Randox Laboratories Ltd)
  • An immunoabsorption system for patients due to have blood group incompatible transplants and can be used simultaneously with haemodialysis, reducing treatment time and time spent in hospital (University of Leeds)
  • Infection sensors that can be incorporated into existing peritoneal dialysis products (Microsensor Limited)
  • Modelling the “dialysis day” with the aim of minimising delays in haemodialysis patient treatment (Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd)
    A booking app for transport, one key factor for delays in haemodialysis treatment (365 Response Ltd)
  • If you are a healthcare professional working in renal care, a charity or a business organisation interested in renal technologies, join our innovation teams to hear about these projects and the potential for new products and services to be developed. A buffet lunch will be provided for all the guests who attend. There are limited places available so please email ( or call us (0114 221 2159) to confirm your attendance.

5 th December
2014 12:00h – 15:00h
Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2

PY Programme Exhibition open 12:00h – 15:00h All teams will exhibit in the main exhibition room and guests are invited to stay for lunch, meet the teams and find out about the outcomes from Phase 1. Welcome and opening address 12.30-12.45

Prof Wendy Tindale, Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Clinical Director at NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC

Clinical Context Dr Sandip Mitra, Consultant Nephrologist and Renal Theme Lead at Devices for Dignity, NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative Booking There are limited places available so please email ( or call us (0114 221 2159) to confirm your attendance.

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