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Tagged: Assistive Technology

Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) Launch.


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We’re getting older. Today in the UK there are more people over 60 than under the age of 18 and within twenty years, around a third of our population will be over 60 years old. One recent study predicts that life expectancy will increase by 4.2 years over this period while healthy life expectancy will increase by just 2.6 years. Our ageing population is likely to have more healthcare requirements than fewer, particularly for the management of chronic conditions.
The demand for lifestyle and healthcare solutions that address this demographic shift represents a £1.5billion market opportunity for assisted living technology in the UK alone and the Assisted Living Action Network will be holding a series of four networking seminars over the next 12 months to bring together business, healthcare professionals, service user groups and academic researchers to discuss the key issues, identify the business challenges and collaborate and create commercial opportunities in this market.
ALAN Networking Seminars:
Events held at the Bath Ventures Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD
Delegate Places £10 (inc. refreshments)
ALAN Networking Seminar #1: Smart Solutions for Assisted Living: Smart Meters, Home Hubs & Networked Healthcare
5.30-7.30pm Monday 8th November 2010
Stephen Pattenden, Telemetry Associates Limited
Angela Single, Choose Independence Limited
ALAN Networking Seminar #2: The Games People Play: Interactive Systems to promote Rehabilitation, Physical Activity and Leisure
5.30-7.30pm 18th January 2011
Professor Jane Burridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Dr Danae Stanton Fraser, Reader in Psychology, University of Bath
ALAN Networking Seminar #3: From Medical to Mainstream: Business Models to take Assisted Living to the Mass Market
5.30-7.30pm Wednesday 30th March 2011
David Rogers, Former President and Chief Executive of Lucent EMEA
ALAN Networking Seminar #4: From Health Service to Self-Service: Social Networking Applications for Assisted Living
5.30-7.30pm Thursday 7th July 2011
Professor Chris Eccleston, Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath


Knowledge Transfer through Partnership, Annual Conference, 6 Sept 2010

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The HealthTech and Medicines KTN is happy to announce the speakers for the Annual Knowledge Transfer through Partnership, Annual Conference, Delivering Medical Innovation. The conference is taking place on Monday 6 September 2010 and is jointly being hosted by the University of Bath.

Speakers will include:

The conference will showcase the benefits and successes of the collaborative work between companies and academic institutions in the health and medicines sectors.

This one day conference will consist of:

  • Keynote speaker presentations
  • Presentation on topics focusing on - technology exploitation - delivering innovation
  • Workshops
  • Presentation from winning paper competition
  • Poster presentations
  • Networking session

KTN Networking Reception

The conference will be followed by a KTN networking reception which will be an excellent opportunity to meet with the team and discovery more about the KTN. We would like to invite organisations and institutes to this reception. Please note there is no charge to attend the KTN networking event.

Click here to view the event flyer. (pdf: 2MB)

Click here to register for the event

For further information about this event, please contact: Sarah Forson e: t:01223 899 000


JOB VACANCY - Knowledge Transfer Fellow (£29,853-£38,951)

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The University of Bath's School for Health (SfH), in collaboration with the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering (BIME), are seeking a Knowledge Transfer Fellow as part of the "Smart systems for rehabilitation and assisted living" project.

The primary role of this position is to exploit SfH and BIME current knowledge to develop commercial products and tools. In addition to this, the postholder will be responsible for increasing awareness and promoting adoption of technology and interventions for long term conditions.

The SfH and BIME have both carried out significant research into the application of technology to support rehabilitation and independent living of people with specific long-term conditions, and now wish to develop this knowledge in to commercial products to maximise economic and societal impacts.

The Knowledge Transfer Fellow will be mainly based in the Bath Centre for Pain Research (BCPR) within the School for Health at the University of Bath. However, during the course of the project the Knowledge Transfer Fellow may be required to spend some time based on-site with project partners.

This position is for a period of 12 months at Research Grade 7 (£29,853-£38,951). Line management will be provided by Professor Chris Eccleston, Director of the BCPR.

For enquiries, please contact Lisa Austin: , 01225 386575


Health Innovation Challenge Fund

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Applications are now open for the latest theme in the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, addressing the monitoring of individuals with long-term health problems.

This third call focuses on chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, heart failure and dementia that at present can only be controlled not cured.

The Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF) is a £100 million, five-year parallel funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health. The funders are collaborating to stimulate the creation of innovative healthcare products, technologies and interventions, and facilitate their development for the benefit of patients in the NHS and beyond. The HICF will have a succession of thematic calls for proposals, each selected to focus on unmet needs in healthcare relevant to the NHS.

The deadline for preliminary applications is 1 October 2010.


Research Assistant (12 months fixed term post)

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School for Health Salary: £31,454

Closing Date: To be confirmed

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Project: inTouch: A video link system to improve social inclusion for people with dementia

The Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) have partnered with the Research Institute for the Care of Older People and the School of Management to investigate the potential of video telephony to allow people with dementia to remain connected with friends and family. A significant number of people with dementia live alone or spend long periods alone and can become socially isolated. Improved social interaction can extend the time that a person with dementia can live independently at home, and improve their quality of life. This project will explore how a video link system can improve social inclusion for people with dementia.

Main duties and tasks:

  • Source and/or develop suitable internet-based video-conferencing platform
  • Develop flexible application software to interface with video-conferencing platform
  • Work with other team members and study participants to define system specification using software prototypes
  • Define, develop, measure and analyse usage metrics associated with the system
  • Install and support equipment installations in day care centres and participant’s homes

The post holder will be based at the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering in Royal United Hospital.

For enquiries please contact Lisa Austin, Research Manager;


Smart systems for rehabilitation and assisted living

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Professor Eccleston (Director of BCPR) has recently been awarded with an EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Award, to develop innovative ways to accelerate the translation of research outputs in to business opportunities.

In partnership with the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering (BIME), Smart systems for rehabilitation and assisted living will provide individualised support for users and carers to manage their condition. They will be suitable for the self funded, mainstream market, and are more likely to provide a sustainable long term model of delivery.SMART pic

The aim of this award is to take forward the outputs of previous awards led by Professor Eccleston (SMART 1, SMART 2 and KT) and Smart Homes work from BIME in to telehealth and telecare for those with chronic conditions, which enable them to self manage at home.

Although self care and self management are being promoted as the way forward, there is little analysis in to their integration in to the home; it assumes a medical model of health intervention, where a health professional is responsible for monitoring - unlikely to be sustainable in the long term.

This project will establish long partnerships with three key organisations working in this area: BIME, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) - one of the leading independent providers for people with acquired brain injury, and Ivory Egg, the leading UK supplier of home automation products using the European wide open KNX architecture. BIRT and Ivory Egg are each contributing £12,000 to the project and there are also in kind contributions from industry in terms of business mentoring and technology installation.


PBSPCRC Summer 2010 newsletter out now

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium's Summer 2010 newsletter is now available to download, containing news of the latest health research studies, events, jobs and funding opportunities in the South-West.

If you would like to subscribe to our bi-annual newsletter, or if you would like to request a paper copy of the Summer 2010 newsletter, then please email me at .

PBSPCRC Newsletter summer 2010


Keeping Well at Home: Self Care & Whole System Demonstrator Conference (22-23 June 2010, Newquay)

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Encouraging people to stay well and live independently

Come and learn about the importance of Self Care with examples of national/local initiatives together with our experience of the largest assistive technology trial in the world.

In association with NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Keeping Well at Home: Self Care and WSD Conference - 22-23 June 2010, Headland Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall.

If you have any enquiries please call 01209 888227 or email

WSD Conference Flyer - 2010


Telehealth event - what it is, what it can do and where it is going (11 June 2010, Bath)

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The Pan-Bath and Swindon Primary Care Research Consortium are planning a conference in collaboration with the Bath Institute for Mechanical Engineering (BIME) focused on telehealth, SMART HOMES and community and primary care.

The event is organised by the prestigious KT-EQUAL network whose remit is to increase the Knowledge Transfer of research and has a focus on assisted technology in a community setting.

The progress into telecare and telehealth, which BIME is pioneering, is an area in which the PBSPCRC see as the future in managing the increasing elderly population in our largely rural and dispersed geographical region.  Swindon PCT are currently pursuing related, leading initiatives to provide a more responsive community based model of care and all our PCTs are seeing the future in terms of mainstreaming its use of telehealth solutions, to provide more timely and preventative care and support for people with long term conditions. This event will celebrate and explore the work of BIME and other local telehealth initiatives. 

This free conference will include presentations by guest speakers, as well as a poster session and an excellent opportunity for networking - the aim of the meeting is to develop new research opportunities and collaborations.

Telehealth and Telecare - Friday 11 June 2010, 9.30am-4.30pm. The University of Bath.

For further information or to register a place, please visit the event website here, or contact event organiser Heather Williams; , 01225 385128.