Assistive Devices for empowering disAbled People through robotic Technologies (ADAPT) Project
Canterbury Christ Church University is a partner for the ADAPT - Assistive Devices for empowering disAbled People through robotic Technologies project.
The project aims to develop innovative solutions to improve the home care, wellbeing and independence of people with severe disabilities.
This project – Assistive Devices for empowering disAbled People through robotic Technologies – is part of the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme and will run from the start of 2017 to the end of 2020.
It has three main aims:
- To develop technological innovations for the welfare, quality of life, well-being, home care and independent living of people with severe disabilities
- To train healthcare professionals in the use of Assistive Technology solutions
- To map the stakeholders and set up events to promote the results of the project and ensure the sustainability of the technology developed
There are 16 partners in France and England. The project is led by IRSEEM (Institut d Recherche en Systemes Electroniques Embarques) - Graduate School for Engineering in France – and involves a number of French partners:
- Université de Picardie Jules Verne
- Pole Saint Hélier
- Breizh Paralysie Cérébrale
- Pôle TES
- CHU – Hôpitaux de Rouen’
The UK partners are:
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- University of Kent
- University College London
- East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT)
- Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
- Health and Europe Centre
- Cornwall Mobility
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health and Science Network, (KSS AHSN)
Canterbury Christ Church University is the lead partner for Work Package 5 (WP5) - Training of Health Care Professionals in Assistive Technologies. The Christ Church team will design and conduct a survey of health professionals’ current knowledge and attitudes towards Assistive Technologies (AT) and develop training materials and sessions to enable them to engage more effectively with the AT applications developed through the project. Christ Church will evaluate this training and produce training materials, sessions and evaluation reports. Christ Church researchers will also contribute to WP3 (Electronic Powered Wheelchair Simulator Virtual Reality) & WP4 (Smart & Connected Robotic EPW) by providing medical specialist expertise in orthopaedics and postural care for disabled users, bringing expertise in assessing the impact of Assistive Technologies on developing more effective children's occupational therapy services. Christ Church will contribute to WP6 (Technology Transfer) by utilising our strong partnerships with healthcare providers, service users and key stakeholders in the area.