Authors: Shvan Karim and Dr. Karla Muñoz Esquivel,
Research Associates in Wearable Technologies for SENDoc project at Ulster University
All partners institutions of the SENDoc project, Tyndall-UCC, Karelia-UAS, Umeå-VLL and Ulster University attended the 5th Physical Partner meeting of SENDoc. This was hosted at the Centre for Health Science, in Inverness, Scotland, UK, from the 13th to 14th of November 2019.
The first day was comprised of two main parts: The first part included a presentation by Frances Hines, – Research Development and Innovation manager. The focus of the presentation was about the centre, how its work is organised, its different pathways for research, the EU projects funded along with a few examples of ongoing service redesign projects, like the FIT HOMES and the SKYE Hospital at Home projects. Afterwards, the attendees held presentations, where the teams provided a progress update for the project in terms of the deliverables, the delivery model, publications to date, knowledge collection and progress on demonstrations. Furthermore, perspectives of 2 years of SENDoc were discussed. The day finished with a tour to the Culloden Battlefield and the Steering Group meeting.
The second day started with a brainstorming session on the Service Delivery Model and lessons learnt. In addition, setting up a publication strategy for the reminder of the project was also discussed. A SENDoc stall was setup at the lunchtime in The Centre for Life Science in Inverness to promote the SENDoc project to interested parties. Live demonstrations were also run for the Actionsense Glove from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vimove for spondylitis, and Movesole for gait analysis. The stall attracted much attention from NHS staff who seemed impressed with the technologies and the way they have been utilised by the SENDoc project.
SENDoc team showcased the wearable sensor systems used in the project in different trials with participants, e.g. elders, Parkinson’s disease, post-stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and Axial spondylitis patients. The second day ended with an afternoon networking with other Highland Projects. Attendees included NHS R&D staff, University of Highlands and Islands Researchers, and a representative from Albyn Enterprises Limited, who are based in Inverness. Overall, the feedback from the event was very positive and there is a strong potential for future collaborations with the representatives who attended.