Westminster Insight: using technology to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing for older people workshop CANCELLED
  • Zone 1, Central London

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Unfortunately, planned University events (including social gatherings) have been cancelled with immediate effect until 31 May 2020. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

This half-day event will demonstrate and discuss the use of various technologies including videocalls, smart speakers, and companion robots to improve psychological wellbeing in older people in care settings, especially care homes.

This mainly means addressing loneliness but also general feelings of distress and agitation. The event will mainly be based on work carried out by the eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC) project run by the Centre for Health Technology, University of Plymouth.

Participants will have a chance to interact with robopets and some smaller robots as well as see videos of humanoid robots in use. It will discuss the challenges of development and implementation as well as ethical concerns and will conclude with a panel discussion on policy issues related to these technologies and their use.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Professor Ray Jones, Professor of Health Informatics, University of Plymouth and Director of the eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall (EPIC) Project and Centre for Health Technology Facilitator
  • Hannah Bradwell, PhD Student, University of Plymouth
  • Katie Edwards, Research Assistant, EPIC Project
  • Lloyd Taylor, Research Assistant, EPIC Project
  • Dr Sonam Zamir, Research Evaluation Officer, Alzheimer’s Society and former PhD Student, University of Plymouth
  • Dr Rachel Wilson, Managing Director, Clinical Affairs Consulting
  • Ian Sherriff BEM, Academic Partnership Lead for Dementia Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, University of Plymouth

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eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC)

A collaborative, three-year project, EPIC helps grow eHealth businesses and improve health, wellbeing and enhance care quality. Funded by a £2.7 million grant from the European Regional Development (ERDF) and the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), EPIC has established an eHealth ecosystem that connects key sectors in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with research expertise at the University, led by Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee and Professor Ray Jones. The project enables new technological innovations to be created and adopted and so far has successfully awarded 42 grants to businesses for this purpose. Working together with key partners, the project is helping to improve the quality of life and boost wellbeing.

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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.

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