Health and Social Care Problems and Solutions
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This workshop is open to anyone particularly those with an interest in health and social care research.

The day starts with an introductory talk from IBM on the Smarter Planet and Internet of Things. 

This will be followed by introductions to the skills and scope of Plymouth University students’ work in robotics, design, digital arts, as well as an introduction to the NHS and intellectual property rights. 

At 10.30am, you will be allocated to one of four groups. In your groups (10.30am-3pm) you will identify and seek solutions to a problem. During this process you will make a short video (using a smartphone or tablet computer) and upload it to YouTube to show in the final session.

At 3pm, we come back together view the four video clips and for a panel of ‘Dragons’ to question the four teams. All teams will get certificates by email after the event and one team will be declared the winner.

This year we hope that ideas and designs can be taken forward either/both through the Nursing and Midwifery Challenge and through (if funded) an Intellectual Property Office project. In any case, we hope to have the involvement of colleagues from local NHS trusts who may be able to take ideas forward.

On previous occasions team designs included:

  • IPee - a smart catheter to inform nurses or carers that a patient had not passed urine for some time
  • Taxi driver’s headset – for nurses on the ward to improve communication and to prevent wasted time searching for colleagues
  • Chameleon plastercast – that changes colour if the skin below becomes infected.


  • 9am-10.30am: Introductions (venue: linked lecture rooms - Room 115, 117, 211 - Rolle Building)
  • 10.30am-3pm: Group work (venue: break out rooms - Room 115, 211, 212 - Rolle Building, and Room 405, Babbage Building)
  • 3pm-4.30pm: Plenary session (venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building)

Please note that workshop places are limited. Email for your chance to participate (registration closes 5pm, Monday 9 February).

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