Join us at the Festival of Science & Engineering this Friday at Luc de Witte's Inaugural Lecture and Saturday in the Winter Gardens.

10.03.2017 ScHARR Inaugural Lecture by Prof Luc de Witte

17.15 – 18.30 @ Diamond building, University of Sheffield

Booking is required, please book your place here.


11.03.2017 Showcase of Future Healthcare

10.00 – 15.00 @ Sheffield Winter Gardens with our partners Alzheimers Society, GSPK Design, NHS Barnsley Hospital, Devices for Dignity, Lab 4 Living, NIHR CLAHRC and Sheffcare

Demonstration by Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH), University of Sheffield. From robots to novel apps for your smartphone, come and see how new technology can help you and your family to live well and age well in the future. Showcases will include a shoe insole that helps stroke survivors, a portal recommending apps for people living with dementia, companion robots, apps that can help people with speech therapy and much more. For more information please visit the festival website.



About the Lecture

In his talk, Professor Luc de Witte will discuss how technology can play a role in our search for new models of care and support. He will present examples of research that on the one hand show the potential but in the meantime illustrate the complexity of introducing technology in everyday care practice.

One of the most challenging trends in today’s healthcare in western societies is the increasing incidence and prevalence of chronic health conditions, paired to a decrease in the number of available healthcare professionals and a relative decrease of available financial means. This trend creates an enormous pressure on our healthcare systems and only a few people will disagree with the statement that the sustainability of these systems is at stake. There is a clear need for new models of care and support for people with chronic conditions, including frail older people. Also, in developing low-and-middle-income countries, the need for innovative concepts of care and support is increasing, since these countries have to develop healthcare systems that are sustainable and able to deliver cost-effective care for fast growing numbers of people.

Technology can and will play a major role in future health and care, both in western societies and internationally. There has never before been a time in which technology has developed as fast as it does today and in which so much knowledge was available. The potential to develop powerful answers to the challenges in health and care we face is, therefore, obvious. But, sparking and fostering this potential to the fullest is far from easy. Many new technologies have only lead to increased costs of care instead of more cost-effective sustainable models.

Professor Luc de Witte’s talk will be introduced by Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

About Professor Luc de Witte:

Professor Luc de Witte is trained as a medical doctor but has never practiced medicine. He has always worked on practice-oriented research in the field of rehabilitation and long-term care, including elderly care, care for people with mental or physical disabilities and care for people with chronic diseases. Before moving to Sheffield in October 2016 he was Professor of Technology in Care at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Director of an Innovation Centre (EIZT: connecting more than 35 partners in healthcare, industry, and academia.

Professor Luc de Witte has recently been appointed within ScHARR to work in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). CATCH has as its mission to contribute to the sustainability of long-term healthcare in the UK and internationally through:

  • supporting the development of assistive and care technologies;
  • researching their added value and effectiveness;
  • supporting organisations in healthcare practice with the implementation of these technologies and care models;
  • supporting companies with the development and evaluation of new assistive and care technologies; and
  • training of professionals and researchers in this field and dissemination knowledge.

Booking is required for this lecture: book your place here.


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