Devices for Dignity

NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative is one of 11 national MedTech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives (MICs). Devices for Dignity has been funded by the NIHR since 2008 to act as a catalyst within the NHS for the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions.

Devices for Dignity focus on developing technology solutions to unmet needs for long-term health conditions that are typically associated with loss of dignity and independence, and poor patient outcomes.

Our themes are:

  • Renal Technologies - aims to add ‘life to years‘ for people living with kidney failure through independence, empowerment and dignity for people of all ages across the lifecourse of kidney disease.
  • Diabetes - focuses on the barriers to technology adoption, and technology development to support more successful and empowered self-management to prevent disease complications.
  • Neurological Conditions - to address unmet needs relating to functional limitations (e.g. incontinence, impaired mobility, loss of effective arm/hand function) that may result from a range of conditions, but may have additional complexity for somebody living with a LTNC.
  • Supported by cross-cutting themes: Assistive Technology; Rehabilitation Technology; Human Factors; MedTech; and Integration & Impact
  • Devices for Dignity co- develop solutions through a process that includes unmet need validation, product development, patient & public involvement; evaluation and commercialisation of technologies.

Devices for Dignity (D4D) is led by Professor Wendy Tindale OBE, who provides scientific leadership for one of the largest NHS centres of medical technology in the UK as Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The NIHR Medtech and In Vitro Diagnostic
Co-operative (MIC) scheme will come to an end in March 2024.

The scheme will be replaced by 14 newly-funded HealthTech Research Centres, which will come into force on the 1 April 2024. You can read more about the new NIHR Devices for Dignity HealthTech Research Centre here.





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We develop solutions through a process that can include identification, validation, development, evaluation and commercialisation of technologies.

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