Manchester trust puts up cash to fast-track innovative devices


Partnership with industry co-operative paves the way for adoption of new technologies

A collaboration that could lead to the development of new technologies to address unmet clinical needs was announced this month between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and Devices for Dignity (D4D), a national healthcare technology co-operative.

CMFT chairman, Peter Mount CBE, announced the collaboration between the two organisations at the trust’s recent Partners in Care Conference . He said that, with the support of its charitable funds, CMFT would make available a support grant of £30,000 to enable D4D to fast-track innovative technologies.

The trust has now issued a call for applications, with entries focusing on patient dignity and independence, bringing real solutions to areas of clinical and patient need in assistive technologies, urinary continence management and renal technologies.

Professor Wendy Tindale, clinical director at D4D, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a D4D partner. Working in partnership is core to all that we do and our key strength is in drawing together the right expertise at the right time.”

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Keith Chantler, cirector of innovation at CMFT, added: “Collaborating with D4D will ensure we are connected nationally across a broad network of expertise in clinical areas that support dignity and independence for patients, leading to new treatments and technologies.”