Friday, 1 September 2017

CATCH Members publish paper in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy

CATCH Members Laura Di Bona, Jennifer Wenborn, Becky Fields and Gail Mountain, along with colleagues have published a paper in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy entitled ‘Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative study’

To develop occupational therapy’s evidence base and improve its clinical outcomes, occupational therapists must increase their research involvement. Barriers to research consumption and leadership are well documented, but those relating to delivering research interventions, less so. Yet, interventions need to be researched within practice to demonstrate their clinical effectiveness. This study aims to improve understanding of challenges and enablers experienced by occupational therapists who deliver interventions within research programmes.

Twenty-eight occupational therapists who participated in the Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) research programme reported their experiences in five focus groups. Data were analysed thematically to identify key and subthemes.

Our paper finds that Occupational therapists reported that overwhelming paperwork, use of videos, recruitment and introducing a new intervention challenged their research involvement, whereas support, protected time and a positive attitude enabled it. The impact of these challenges and enablers varied between therapists and organisations.

The study concludes that challenges and enablers to research involvement can be identified but must be addressed within individual and organisational contexts. Multifaceted collective action to minimise challenges and maximise enablers can facilitate clinicians’ involvement in research. Using this approach should enable occupational therapists to increase their research involvement, thus demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of their interventions.

The full paper can be accessed here

Friday, 11 August 2017

Steven Haigh, Executive Director of Primary Care Sheffield, speaks at CATCH July Networking Lunch

Members of the CATCH community and collaborators gathered for the July Networking Lunch on 21 July with guest speaker Steven Haigh. Steven spoke about the challenges of ageing in Sheffield.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

CATCH student presents at prestigious conference

A student supervised by CATCH Academic Dana Damian, presented a research paper at an international conference last week. 

Alex Thorn, a MEng student from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) at the University presented at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) conference which was held at the University of Surrey. There, he presented an oral paper on creating a phantom variable stiffness tissue, innovative research into creating artificial tissue for testing medical robotics.

Monday, 24 July 2017

New paper published: Provision of powered communication aids in the United Kingdom

CATCH Researchers Simon Judge and Professor Pam Enderby have just published a paper in the journal of Augmentative and Alternative Communication entitled: "Provision of powered communication aids in the United Kingdom".

You can read the full article here:

Friday, 21 July 2017

Researcher Becky Field gives presentation at Royal College of Occupational Therapy Conference 2017 and wins the 2017 Early Researcher award!

I recently gave an oral presentation at this year’s Royal College of Occupational Therapy conference, which took place in Birmingham June 2017.

My talk was called “Identifying influences on take up of a community occupational therapy intervention for people with dementia and their family carers”.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

New AT Recommendations paper published in JMIR

A new paper entitled: "Developing and Evaluating Digital Interventions to Promote Behavior Change in Health and Health Care: Recommendations Resulting From an International Workshop" has been published in the JMIR.

You can read the full article here:

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

CATCH and Sheffield Robotics celebrate UK Robotics Week with Talks and Demonstrations

As part of UK Robotics Week, CATCH was proud to hold events in conjunction with Sheffield Robotics including talks and two Open Labs.

Professor Tony Prescott, Director of Sheffield Robotics kicked off an hour of talks. After a brief introduction to the centre, he shared the current developments in robotics and how the use of industrial robots in manufacturing around the world has grown. Although many people are disappointed that the reality of robots is somewhat different to what we see on the big screen, over the last six years since Sheffield Robotics launched, it has become clearer how we can use robotics more to overcome challenges such as an ageing population.

This theme led seamlessly onto the next slot and a talk by CATCH Professor Luc de Witte entitled "Robots in Care: Science Fiction or Reality?" He shared that it's not science fiction and that the potential for sensible applications of robots in care is enormous. Examples of robots currently used in care are Paro, Zora and even telecare robots. 

The talks were concluded by Sebastian Conran who founded Consequential Robotics and is the Designer in Residence here at the University of Sheffield. Sebastian took a different angle, discussing how emotional engagement is so important when designing robots. Two innovations of the company are Intellitable and MiRo.

Following the talks, both the Robot Foundry at Sheffield Robotics and the CATCH Home Lab opened their doors for the afternoon. At the Robot Foundry, Sheffield Robotics researchers were on hand to discuss the latest robotics research and give demonstrations. Visitors discovered how the centre is using robots to learn about the amazing abilities of bees and humans; how collaborative robots could take dreary and dangerous work out of manufacturing; and how they are working to build real-life transforming robots.

The CATCH Home Lab also showcased demonstrations of robots linked with speech technology such as MiRo and Pepper (image above).

For more information on our work in the field of robotics, please contact Simon Butler.

Monday, 17 July 2017

ADHD: Is there an app for that?

Here she presented a poster that showcased a project conducted by Lauren Powell, Miss Naomi Robertson (University of Sheffield Psychology student), Dr Jack Parker and Dr Val Harpin (Sheffield Children's Hospital consultant paediatrician). 

Friday, 14 July 2017

New paper: Informing the Design of “Lifestyle Monitoring” Technology for the Detection of Health Deterioration in Long-Term Conditions: A Qualitative Study of People Living With Heart Failure

A new paper, whose authors include three CATCH academics has been published in the JMIR.

Entitled: "Informing the Design of “Lifestyle Monitoring” Technology for the Detection of Health Deterioration in Long-Term Conditions: A Qualitative Study of People Living With Heart Failure", Dr Sarah Hargreaves, Prof Mark Hawley and Prof Pam Enderby aimed to report in this paper the findings of a study aimed at identifying changes in activity indicative of important changes in health in people with long-term conditions, particularly changes indicative of exacerbation, by exploring the relationship between home activities and health among people with heart failure.

You can read the full article here: