Honorary Research Fellow
School of Health and Related Research
Medicine, Dentistry and Health
- User specification of research and development of technologies
- User evaluation of health and social care technologies
- Innovation frameworks and Knowledge Research
I have worked as a Researcher at the University of Sheffield and in South Yorkshire Hospital Trusts for over 30 years in total. Since the mid-80´s I have worked in multi-disciplinary teams in health related research and development. The latter started with an engineering focus, but, increasingly driving my research from user specification and evaluation has resulted in more health and social science research approaches. Much of my expertise relates to the innovation journey to adoption. I have developed experience and expertise in working with individuals, small and medium enterprises with ideas for new AT and connected healthcare technology.
My current research fits within innovation in electronic Assistive Technology (AT), mHealth and teleservices for health and social care. With particular interest in technology for dementia, neurological conditions, sensory loss and accessibility. I am now active in short term Knowledge Transfer or research and development projects – use of video in tele-health and social care contexts, apps for adults with persistent fatigue and apps for people with dementia whose first language is not English. Currently I co-supervise a PhD developing a technology to facilitate indoor navigation for people with sight loss.
During 2011-19 I have been a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE), President for 2016 and 2017, organised the AAATE2017 conference hosted in Sheffield.