Matthew Bennion

PhD Student


Computer Science


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I am PhD Student  in CATCH working as part of the interdisciplinary Technology for Healthy Ageing and Well-being (THAW) network. My studies focus on how we can use technology to help older adults with mental health problems, and specifically how we can make this technology more welcoming and acceptable.

My academic background is within Computer Science.  I completed a BEng (Hons) in Multimedia Computing and an MSc in Advanced Computing at Staffordshire University.  For my MSc I evaluated NHS compliance with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) accessibility standards.

Before joining CATCH I spent 10 years designing and developing systems for public and private sector organisations. Five of those years were spent in a NHS Mental Health Trust where I developed applications that helped over 160,000 service users.  My work during this period also helped over 1.5 million people gain access to NHS service information within South Staffordshire.

I’m presently a member of NHS England’s Digital Innovation and Adoption in Psychological Therapies Expert Reference Group (D-IAPT ERG) which is tasked with helping the NHS to adopt digital technologies within its Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.

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