Healthy Happy Devon
  • Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 3AF

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A flagship wellbeing event for Devon, bringing together speakers who are experts on integrated health and social prescribing, exhibitors who will present a range of health and care products and practitioners who will deliver taster sessions that encourage self-care and healthy living.

Agenda

  • Networking 9:00–10:00
  • Registration 9:30–9:50
  • Speakers 10:00–12:30
  • Marketplace from 12.30
  • Taster Sessions from 13:00.

At 9.30 the event opens with an introduction by Elaine Cook, CEO, Healthwatch Devon.

Keynote speaker: Dr Michael Dixon LVO, OBE.

Speakers: Professor Ray Jones, Co-ordinator of the University's Centre for Health Technology; Liz Scott and students from St Peter's School in Exeter.

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Speaker: Professor Ray Jones
Professor of Health Informatics and
Co-ordinator of the University's Centre for Health Technology

The Centre for Health Technology brings together digital health and technology expertise from across the University to drive the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative technologies, products, services and approaches to transform health and social care.

Ray is joint co-ordinator of the Centre with Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee and will present on the full range of technology and innovative approaches to transform health and social care across the South West.

He will also be joined by the eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) project team - a collaborative project seeking to help grow eHealth businesses and improve health, wellbeing and enhance the care quality by using eHealth technology - as wells as nursing students and digital health champions Sarah Phillips and Joy O'Gorman.

Companion robots for older people

PhD student Hannah Bradwell has published a paper in BMJ Open detailing the importance of user-centred robot design.

Hannah, alongside Katie Edwards, Rhona Winnington, Serge Thill and Ray Jones, used focus groups with older people (end-users) and roboticists (developers) to assess their views on companion robots. Such interactive robot animals may have health and wellbeing benefits for older people. Both older people and roboticists interacted with the robots, with observations and comments recorded and analysed. Significant differences were found in preferences between the two groups. Older people preferred familiar and realistic designs they could relate to (cats, dogs), whilst roboticists believed unfamiliar designs better suited older people, avoiding their preconceptions. This misalignment between roboticists designing robots and older people as end-users demonstrates the need for user-centred robotic design.

Read the full paper here.

Centre for Health Technology

Bringing together digital health and health technology expertise from across the University to drive the development, evaluation and implementation of innovative technologies, products, services and approaches to transform health and social care.

Find out more about our Centre for Health Technology
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