Monday, 27 March 2017

Join the discussion: “Organisational readiness: Technology Enabled Care Services”

An interesting article has been written on LinkedIn about the effects of not considering organisational readiness.

The article, written by CECOPS Chief Executive, Brian Donnelly highlights the impact of this meaning technology isn't meeting the intended purpose or realising the expected benefits.
“On a national or even international scale, the cost of investing in technologies without ever realising their full potential or improving care to patients and users must be colossal. This is a complete waste of public funds.” explores Brian.

In response to this, CECOPS have created the first end-to-end outcome-based International Code of Practice for Planning, Commissioning and Providing Technology Enabled Care Services.

CECOPS CIC is a user-led, independent, not-for-profit certification and standards body, aiming to raise the standard of all assistive technology related services across the UK, and beyond.

You can read the full article here.

Join the conversation on the CATCH LinkedIn group.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Read the Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed Newsletter - Issue One

The first issue of the South Yorkshire Region Perfect Patient Pathway (PPP) Test Bed newsletter has been published.

The evaluation, led by CATCH research Dr Steve Ariss is one of seven national ‘Test Bed’ sites in a drive to modernise how the NHS delivers care through creating new collaborations between the NHS and industry.

In this issue of the newsletter:

  • Sir Malcolm Grant CBE visits Innovation Centre - the NHS England Chair was interested to see the rapid progress being made by the Sheffield Perfect Patient Pathway programme.
  • Testing the new Health Emergency App - just one of the technologies being evaluated by the PPP.
  • Diabetes patients benefiting from device that could help thousands - discover the device helping patients better manage insulin injections.
  • Innovative Intelligence Centre will help support patient care - the centre will aggregate data from all health and social care partners to create one dataset.

The programme aims to create the ‘Perfect Patient Pathway’ to bring substantial benefits for patients living with long term health conditions, such as diabetes, mental health problems, respiratory disease, hypertension and other chronic conditions.

To find out more about the Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed, visit the project page or contact Laura Murray.

The full newsletter can be downloaded and read here.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Discover A-EQUIP during the model’s dedicated awareness week

This week is a dedicated week of action to raise awareness of the new employer led model of midwifery supervision, A-EQUIP.

CATCH researcher, Dr Steve Ariss led the evaluation of the national pilot 'bridging programme' with colleagues from Nursing and Midwifery, the launch event for which will be held on Tuesday 28th March in Manchester.

This evaluation has been influential in the development of the new model and the legislation that will be going to Parliament in the spring.

More information about the A-EQUIP week of action can be found on the NHS England website here. The full blog post about the model can be found here.

Use the hashtag #A-EQUIP to join the conversation and find out how the model is working in practice at the seven pilot sites.

To find out more about this evaluation, please contact Laura Murray.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

World Health Organisation releases global priority research agenda for assistive technology

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently published the global priority research agenda for improving access to high-quality affordable assistive technology.

Representing the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) as the largest professional assistive technology organisation in the region, CATCH’s Professor Luc de Witte was part of the core group who drafted this brief which can be downloaded here.

In the paper, it is outlined what the WHO did to create priorities and promote research and innovation in this vital area. Through this activity, the group identified five global priority research thematic areas as essential to improving access to high quality, affordable assistive technology:
  1. Effects, costs and economic impact of assistive technology.
  2. Assistive technology policies, systems, service provision models and best practices.
  3. High-quality and affordable assistive technology.
  4. Human resources for the assistive technology sector.
  5. Standards and methodologies for the assessment of assistive technology need and unmet need.

They also propose two guiding principles for any assistive technology-related research activities:
  1. User involvement in all aspects of research, especially on policy and service provision.
  2. Work from a social and environmental model of disability and participation.

You can download and read the full document here.

For more information on how CATCH’s activities align with this research agenda, please contact Laura Murray.

Monday, 20 March 2017

CATCH joins the HSR Seminar Series for March Networking Lunch

This month, the CATCH community were excited to hold our March Networking Lunch in conjunction with the HSR Seminar Series.

Matt Machin, mHealth Applications Manager in the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of Manchester was our guest speaker at the event with his talk entitled “Improving Health in Long-term Conditions with Smartphone Apps and Wearable Devices”.

More than 30 academics, researchers and industrial partners joined us within ScHARR’s home, Regent Court, to hear Matt’s 45 minute talk. During this, Matt explained to the audience about the platforms they have developed and the projects associated with these and explored the potential future healthcare applications of these technologies.

Following the event, Melanie Rimmer from ScHARR shared that “It’s good to see developers and researchers working closely to develop evidence-based, well-evaluated apps that are more likely to be beneficial for people with long term conditions.”

The next Networking Lunch will take place on Wednesday 3rd May in the ICOSS Conference Room, University of Sheffield from 12.15 - 14.00. We’re delighted to welcome Professor Annalu Waller, Chair of Human Communication Technologies from the University of Dundee.

Please contact Laura Murray if you would like to attend.

Friday, 17 March 2017

CATCH “Showcase of Future Healthcare” event draws the crowds

CATCH set up their living room of the future in the Winter Garden, Sheffield last Saturday to showcase to the general public what the future of healthcare might look like.

Part of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering and co-organised with the Public Engagement team at the University of Sheffield, the event attracted more than 1,000 people throughout the day.

Seven CATCH collaborators (see logos below) joined the event with exhibition stands demonstrating healthcare technologies. Partners Sheffield Robotics and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences were also in attendance Children were given the opportunity to learn about future technology by visiting each partner, experiencing the technology first hand and getting answers to six questions. 100 children took part. 

Pepper robot, the latest recruit to the CATCH team was a big pull for children and adults alike who were impressed by the humanoid’s range of movement and interaction skills. Other technology on display on the day included Emego, an EMG switch which senses muscle activity as well as CIRCA, an interactive reminiscence and conversation aid.

Fresh from the great success of his Inaugural Lecture the previous night, Professor Luc de Witte addressed the audience for two pop-up talks about the role of technology in future healthcare.

It was great to have the opportunity to meet so many people interested in our technology and share how CATCH is working to help people to live well and age well.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a special thanks to the Public Engagement team at the University, notably Nicola Strafford, Public Engagement Manager for her great work in helping us to make this event a huge success.
If you would like to find out more about CATCH’s exciting research and future events, please contact Laura Murray.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

INVOLVE Conference 28/11/2017

The INVOLVE Conference has been confirmed for Tuesday 28th November 2017 in central London. 

If you are thinking of submitting an abstract the call for submissions is now open.

This NIHR Conference is to celebrate the progress of public involvement in research and consider the opportunities ahead.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Hundreds gather at Professor Luc de Witte’s Inaugural Lecture to discover “Technology: who cares?!”

More than 200 guests joined Professor Luc de Witte last Friday in the iconic Diamond Building for his Inaugural Lecture: “Technology; who cares?!”

The event celebrated the arrival of Prof. de Witte as one of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health’s “big-hitters” where he shared how technology can, and will, play a major role in future health and care around the world.

Prof. Dame Pamela Shaw, Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University of Sheffield introduced the lecture. Prof. Dame Shaw seamlessly linked Luc’s lecture to the Care 2050 development and the approaches that CATCH, ScHARR and the wider University may take.

Having joined CATCH in October 2016, Luc is already working to put Sheffield at the heart of innovation and reiterated his belief that Sheffield has all the assets to become a key player here in healthcare during this lecture.

Luc received a great response from the audience when he addressed what assistive technology (AT) really is. “How many of you are wearing glasses?” he quipped to realisation around the room that AT doesn’t have to be high tech. In a fascinating statistic shared from the World Health Organisation however, only 10-15% of those in need have access to AT.

Part of the Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering, Professor de Witte’s lecture attracted members of the public, partners and colleagues from across Europe as well as University of Sheffield staff and collaborators.

It’s safe to say that Prof. de Witte’s Inaugural Lecture was very well received and the buzz that it had generated was clear at the reception that followed.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a special thanks to the Public Engagement team at the University, notably Nicola Strafford, Public Engagement Manager as well as Kathryn Rooney, Personal Assistant to the Dean of ScHARR for their tireless efforts that contributed heavily to the success of this event.

If you would like to find out more about Professor Luc de Witte’s research or are interested in collaborating with CATCH, please contact Laura Murray.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Predicting depression in older adults - THAW PhD student has paper published in high impact journal

THAW PhD student Jake Andrews and supervisor Professor Rob Harrison have published a paper in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
The paper describes how they used a machine learning approach to build an algorithm that predicts the onset of depression in older people.
The study looked at daily mood scores given by older adults using a touchscreen interface known as NANA – Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing. The model predicted whether or not the Geriatric Depression Scale would assess participants as depressed 10 weeks after they reported their mood using NANA.
Although this is exciting work, it uses data from only 40 older people, so more research is needed before the algorithm can be put to use. The full paper can be read here.
For more information about the research of THAW or this paper, please contact Jake Andrews.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Emego to be showcased at the Science and Engineering Festival in Sheffield

EMEGO Marketing Assistant, Jack, is delighted to join the CATCH team (Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare) in Sheffield on Saturday March 11th for the Science and Engineering Festival. 

You’ll be able to get a hands-on experience with Emego in the future home area, along with other exciting emerging technologies who are collaborating with CATCH. The list of other collaborators is here:
We hope you can join Jack and the CATCH team on Saturday 11th March.
For more information about this event, please contact or visit the website: