Health Technology Community Pop-up in Stonehouse

University researchers are going out into the community, creating a Centre for Health Technology pop-up in Stonehouse, Plymouth. As one of the most deprived areas in the UK, the pop-up centre will aim to address health inequalities and social deprivation using digital technology and eHealth solutions. This includes companion robots as well as apps and internet-based health and welfare resources.

Working with community-benefit society, Nudge Community Builders, who own, create and run community activities in disused urban spaces, the pop-up centre will be based in The Plot on Plymouth's Union Street. Working with members of the community will allow researchers to explore how to make better use of eHealth solutions, and contribute to and influence future health technology research.

From December 2019 until April 2020, the pop-up centre will also support business start-ups and the thriving regional, digital entrepreneur network through industry pop-up spaces.

It will bring together an interdisciplinary cohort of University researchers and students from computing, nursing, design, robotics, design, medicine, engineering and architecture.


A Civic University

The project builds on the research and expertise at the University’s Centre for Health Technology and the EPIC project (eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) that drives the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative technologies to transform health and social care.

Aligning our research with local community needs is deeply rooted in our role as a Civic University and we strive to be catalysts for social change and drive forward economic innovation to positively impact health within our communities.

The six-month project is a partnership between the University of Plymouth’s Centre for Health Technology and Nudge Community Builders, Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth City Council, Crowdfund Ready and Adelaide Street GP surgery. The project is funded through the UKRI place-based partnerships for public engagement. This is a pathfinder funding opportunity to support eligible research organisations UK-wide to pilot place-based public engagement partnerships and activities.

Centre for Health Technology

Bringing together digital health and health technology expertise from across the University to drive the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative technologies, products, services and approaches to transform health and social care.

Find out more about our Centre for Health Technology.