I am Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield, UK, where I lead the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research Group. I am also Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at Barnsley Hospital, where I am Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, whose AT Team provides specialist electronic assistive technology services to people with disabilities in South Yorkshire.
Over the last 20 years, I have worked as a Clinician and Researcher – providing, researching, developing and evaluating assistive technology, telehealth and telecare products and services for disabled people, older people and people with long-term conditions.
Current research projects
Catalyst for Knowledge Exchange
HEFCE, £8 million (2014–2016), co-applicant for Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, £692,000.
Collaboration for Leadership in Health Research and Care
Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC Y&H), National Institute for Health Research, £24 million (£10 million grant funded with match funding from NHS/universities/industry) (2014–2018), co-applicant for bid (£24 million), principal applicant for telehealth and care technologies theme £2.4 million.
Devices for Dignity plus (D4D+)
NIHR Health Technology Co-operative, £800,000 (2013–2016) co-applicant overcoming barriers to mainstreaming assisted living technologies, Technology Strategy Board Assisted Living Innovations Platform (with ESRC and NIHR), £1.8 million (2011–2014) principal applicant.
Voice Input Voice Output Communication Aid 2 (VIVOCA2)
NIHR Health Technology Devices programme, £823,364, (50/50 DH grant/industrial match funding) (2010–2013) principal applicant.