Wednesday, 17 July 2013

RAT Group Members

RAT Group Away Day

On Tuesday 25th June the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies(RAT) group attended their away day in Mappin Hall. Here they enjoyed a number of activities including team building exercises, an inspiring talk entitled “Girl Power” by Professor Pam Enderby, updates regarding CATCH (Centre for AssistedTechnology and Connected Healthcare), a question and answer session between staff members and the senior management team as well as a “Gone in 60 Seconds" session. The latter required staff members to talk about their projects in 60 seconds to update the rest of the group on their projects.

Overall the group felt it was a successful event and look forward to the away day next year!

Please see below information regarding some of the projects presented during the “Gone in 60 Seconds” session:

“Ready Steady Go” Usability Study:
"Ready Steady Go" Telehealth Implementation Toolkit
(Brownsell & Ellis, 2012).
The “Ready Steady Go” Telehealth Implementation Toolkit (version 1) was launched in September 2012 and provides a five step framework that can be used to help guide organisations when implementing a telehealth service. The toolkit is structured around the analogy of preparing for, undertaking and reviewing a race. This project is currently testing the usability of the document by asking telehealth experts who have either read or used all or part of the toolkit their opinions of it during semi structured qualitative interviews. The authors view “Ready Steady Go” as a working document thus the results from this study will inform the next version of the toolkit.The "Ready Steady Go" Toolkit is available to download here.  – Lauren Powell

The SCRIPT (Supervised Care and Rehabilitation Involving Personal Telerobotics) project:
“Following the formative evaluation phase, the trial of the first SCRIPT system started which explores changes in arm and hand function and user acceptance after technology-supported training at home using a longitudinal pre- and post-design. Participants will receive home-based training delivered by the SCRIPT system. Evaluation is based on one baseline measurement pre-training and two evaluation measurements post-training (within one week after training and follow-up after two months)".  Dr Nasrin Nasr
- 9 Occupational Therapists now recruited and delivering an Occuational Therapy intervention to people with dementia and their carers in Sheffield, living in the community 
- Two focus groups: one for carers of people with dementia, and one for people with dementia are running over the next few weeks
Both these activities help explore the feasibility of the intervention for a UK setting and will feed into the design of the pilot trial. - Becky Field

CACTUS (self managed aphasia computer therapy after stroke) project:
The results of the RfPB/CLAHRC SY funded CACTUS have been included in the new NICE stroke rehabilitation guidelines. ( – Dr Rebecca Palmer

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