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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.


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.


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


New NIHR Invention for Innovation funding stream now open

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) announced the opening of the 6th call for the Invention for Innovation (i4i) funding stream on Wednesday 19 May.

The i4i programme provides investement in, and improved identification of, promising healthcare technologies in order to accelerate the development of new healthcare products for the 21st century. i4i funds translational research, extending between basic research and pre-clinical trials or health technology assessments. This part of the innovation process is an area of high technological and business risk, and the projects funded by i4i reflect this.

Key features of i4i funding:

  • Flexibility of entry points; depending on the maturity of the idea investigators can apply for funding from any of four streams and if appropriate proceed from stream to stream.
  • Co-ordination between streams through having one secretariat.
  • Support to projects that meet milestones and show promise to move onto the next funding stream with minimum delay and to accelerate them along the innovation pathway.
  • Rolling programme of calls for proposals to fit better with the innovation process.

For further information including the guidance document can be obtained directly from the website:

Please note Stream 1 proposals must be submitted electronically no later than 5pm on Friday 2 June 2010.


i-Med: Serious apps for mobile healthcare event (19 May 2010, Bath)

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This free openMIC barcamp is the 6th in a serie of un-conferences for discussion, debate and development of new mobile applications and mobile web services.

The healthcare sector has identified the smartphone as a key delivery technology for quality care. Meanwhile, the mobile industry has identified medical as on of its most valuable emerging markets.

i-Med: Serious apps for mobile healthcare - Wednesday 19 May 2010, 9.30am onwards. The Innovation Centre, Bath.

This is a Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network event supported by Bath Ventures and KT-EQUAL.

Attendees are encouraged to come to the event with an idea for a mobile application in mind. Ideas can be commercial or to instigate social or charitable purposes.

To register your interest in attending this event, or for further information, please email or Heather Williams: . To join the openMIC Network register at

i-Med event flyer (pdf)


Bath Institute for Medical Engineering designer goes to Downing Street


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16 February 2010 - Simon Halsey, a design engineer from Bath, was one of a select few who were invited to Downing Street to celebrate their contribution to the NHS. Simon is one of nearly 100 people recognised in a new book - Extraordinary You - Science in Healthcare, which profiles the pioneering work of healthcare scientists within the NHS, and details their reasons for choosing a career in science to encourage more people to join the profession. The book was showcased at a reception in Number 11 Downing Street and was attended by key healthcare professionals, along with Health Minister Ann Keen and Chief Scientific Officer Professor Sue Hill.

Simon works for the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering (BIME), a design and development charity working in the fields of medicine, healthcare and assistive technology for disabled people. BIME is based within the Royal United Hospital Bath but works closely with the PBSPCRC, as well as with a wide range of commercial companies. The charity bridges the gap between one-off design solutions for individual patients and mass retail, and designs and sometimes manufactures products that are desperately needed but which have a limited market.

WizzybugThe project that has given Simon most satisfaction has been designing a paediatric wheelchair called 'Wizzybug', which is aimed at very young children. In the past, pre-school children have had very limited access to mobility devices, as it was not recognised that they could control powered chairs. There is also growing evidence that independent mobility is key to a child's development in these formative years. It was a considerable design challenge but Wizzybugs are already a big hit with children around the country.


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.


Knowledge Transfer through Partnership event - Delivering Medical Innovation (6 Sept 2010, Bath)


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The HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network are proud to announce the second Knowledge Transfer through Partnership Annual Conference. The conference is being held jointly with the University of Bath Research Development and Support Office. The conference will be followed by a KTN networking reception which will be an excellent opportunity to meet with the team and discover more about the KTN.

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

Knowledge Transfer through Partnership - Annual conference - Monday 6 September 2010, 10am-5.30pm. The Hilton Hotel, Bath.

KTN Networking Reception - Monday 6 September, 6pm-8pm. The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath.

Delegate ticket: £70 + VAT (Please note there is no charge to attend the networking event)

For further information please contact Sarah Forson, or to register a place, please visit

Please select the link below to view a flyer for this event (pdf)

KTP Bath Flyer