Professor and CATCH Director
School of Health and Related Research
Medicine, Dentistry and Health
- Assistive Technology
- Telehealth and Telecare
- Digital Healthcare
I am Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield, UK, where I lead the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research Group. I am also Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at Barnsley Hospital, where I am Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, whose AT Team provides specialist electronic assistive technology services to people with disabilities in South Yorkshire.
Over the last 20 years, I have worked as a clinician and researcher – providing, researching, developing and evaluating assistive technology, telehealth and telecare products and services for disabled people, older people and people with long-term conditions.
Current Research Projects:
Catalyst for Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE, £8M (2014 – 2016), Co-applicant for Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare £692,000
Collaboration for Leadership in Health Research and Care – Yorkshire & Humber (CLAHRC Y&H), National Institute for Health Research, £24 million (£10M grant funded with match funding from NHS/universities/industry) (2014 – 2018) Co-applicant for bid (£24M), Principal Applicant for Telehealth and Care Technologies theme £2.4 million
Devices for Dignity plus (D4D+), NIHR Health Technology Co-operative, £800,000 (2013-2016) Co-applicant Overcoming barriers to mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies, Technology Strategy Board Assisted Living Innovations Platform (with ESRC and NIHR), £1.8M (2011–2014) Principal Applicant
Voice Input Voice Output Communication Aid 2 (VIVOCA2), NIHR Health Technology Devices programme, £823,364, (50/50 DH grant / industrial match funding) (2010-2013) Principal Applicant