Cintra Jaggan-Vince designed the Clip & Pull device after having difficulty herself getting dressed due to back pain.
The device has a special clip which has a very strong grip, but opens with a very gentle squeeze mechanism so that it can be used by people with arthritis. Once the clips are attached to clothes the user can pull up their underwear or trousers or zip up a jacket.
The award judges described the clip mechanism as ‘ingenious and the device so simple that it would be of great help for suffers of stroke, arthritis or loss of a limb’.
Ms Jaggan-Vince has since started her own company, Dignified Living, to market the Clip & Pull device.
The Medical Futures Innovation Awards, which are held annually, are intended to help UK healthcare professionals and academics turn their ideas into tangible solutions that can improve patient care.