January - KT-Equal held 3 events this month; Nutrition in older age, Thinking outside the box and Design for living in later life.
February - CATCH (Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare) established their new name and welcomed Corinne Wells, Professor Arlene Astell and Dr Abigail Millings on board.
|Ready, Steady, Go Telehealth Implementation Toolkit|
|Dr Jack Parker and Dr Katherine Easton in Sweden|
April - Dr Jack Parker and Dr Katherine Easton visited Sweden for one of the many brokerage events for the RICHARD (Regional ICT based Cluster for Healthcare Applications and R&D Integration Project.
May - Professor Pam Enderby was appointed Chair of Healthwatch, Sheffield.
June - RAT Group journal article won a highly commended award; Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2013. Simon Brownsell, Steve Blackburn and Professor Mark Hawley's paper "User requirements for an ICT-based system to provide care, support and information access for older people in the community" was published in the Journal of Assistive Technologies and can be accessed here.
|Dr Katherine Easton presenting her poster at the Kings Fund|
|Professor Mark Hawley speaking at SPLAT|
|Dr Nasrin Nasr, Prof Gail Mountin, Dr Steven Ariss & course attendees|
October was a hugely successful month; CLAHRC 2 funding was secured; Professor Sue Mawson to be director of the new CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber. A new Dr arrived in the group; Katherine Easton obtained her PhD! Also, the report "Shining a Light on Augmentative and Alternative Communication" authored by Professor Pam Enderby, Simon Judge, Alex John and Sarah Creer was published and can be found here on the communication matters website. The report was funded by the Big Lottery investigated the numbers of individuals requiring assistive and alternative communication, current provision and best practice of provision across England.
|RAT Group raise money for Children in Need|
November - Very successful CATCH external launch event. RAT group also raised £450 for Children in Need (including Gift Aid) by coming to work in their pyjamas.
|Professor Pam Enderby|
December - Sadly, the RAT Group will finish the year with 1 less member; Professor Pam Enderby is to retire this month. Her contributions to the RAT Group and the speech and language therapy community were staggering throughout her career and she will be truly missed.