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New Workshop Announced - Engineering Design for Healthcare and Wellbeing: Can We Do it Better? - Dr Massimo Micocci Postdoc Researcher / Gabriella Spinelli, Reader in Design Innovation , Brunel University London

As we seek to be a more inclusive society despite the disabilities and the varied physical and cognitive abilities that we maintain in later life, it has become more important to consider assistive devices and medical products as objects of everyday. They should not be stigmatising and should help people to live a fulfilling life, reducing whenever possible the social, physical and cognitive discomfort they can at times cause.

The central aim of this workshop is to discuss how healthcare products can be improved by adopting a design approach that is patient-centred within the context of feasible technology and cost constraints. The objectives are three-fold:


-to present a framework for patient centred design and showcase some projects;
-to facilitate the discussion about the challenges that manufacturers encounter when designing and manufacturing healthcare products
- to learn and apply patient-centred design tools to healthcare scenarios

This workshop is specifically targeted to manufacturers of medical products and assistive devices and technologies. Researchers and manufacturers will be working together to understand how to combine patients’ needs with technical feasibility and manufacturing requirements to simultaneously improve the functionality and desirability of the equipment provided.

To view the full programme please click on the following link: Conference 2018.

 

Workshop Update - Evidence of the Cost Effectiveness of Community Equipment

The workshop will be interactive and will focus on the evidence required by assessors of community equipment in the light of increasing demand versus challenging budgets and resources. The workshop will centre around case studies showing the cost effectiveness of community equipment in the complex world of Health and Social Care, and will involve discussion looking at ways in which assessors can influence commissioners to maintain or increase support for community equipment services.

To view the full programme please click on the following link: Conference 2018.

 

Turning The Tide: Managing Demand Through Helping People to Live Independent Lives

Jane North,the Transformation Programme Director at Notts County Council, will be presenting the plenary “Turning The Tide: Managing Demand Through Helping People to Live Independent Lives” at this year's conference.

Jane is the Transformation Programme Director at Nottinghamshire County Council. She leads on a transformation programme to deliver good outcomes for people despite an ever reducing adult social care budget. Jane began her career working with homeless people and later qualified as a social worker. She has worked on a number of projects in adult social care over the course of her career, including prevention, personalisation and the introduction of the Care Act. Jane is an advocate for social care and the role it plays in helping people have better lives. More recently, Jane has taken a STP lead on person and community centred approaches.

To view the full programme please click on the following link: Conference 2018.

 

Improving the Provision of Children’s Equipment Workshop


We are delighted to announce that Alison Docherty, Equipu Project Manager will be presenting a workshop at NAEP 2018 on Improving the Provision of Children’s Equipment

Equipu is a partnership based community equipment store service model in Scotland. As a response to Scottish Government guidance (issued in March 2015) regarding the provision of equipment to children and young people with disabilities, Equipu has expanded and further improved its provision of children’s equipment.


Work with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Specialist Children’s Services has helped to provide additional technical resource within the service to improve the assessment, recycling and refurbishment of all children’s equipment (equipment assessed for by OT, Physio, and nursing colleagues).


This resource is jointly funded by all Health, Social Care and Education partners, and a partnership protocol governs this provision.


In this workshop, delegates will hear how this approach is having a positive impact on response times, recycling, and reduced wait for equipment, making a significant difference to the quality of care provided to individual children & their carers, as well as achieving financial savings for education, health, and social care service providers.

To view the full programme please click on the following link: Conference 2018.

 

How Best to Manage Demand in Care

We are delighted to announce that Jane North the Transformation Programme Director at Notts County Council will deliver the plenary session “How Best to Manage Demand in Care”.

 

Full Conference Plenary Sessions Confirmed

All the conference plenary sessions have now been confirmed. To view the final programme please click on the following link: Conference 2018.

 

Telecare Workshop

Alyson Scurfield the Chief Executive of TSA (The voice of technology enabled care) is delivering a workshop at this years conference. View the full programme and workshops by clicking on the following link: Conference Programme.

 

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