COALAS

2012 – 2015 This was an East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) project in partnership with ESIGELEC, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, University of Essex and the University of Kent.

The Health and Europe Centre provided the administrative support for EKHUFT’s medical physics and neuro-rehabilitation departments who worked with their academic colleagues to develop assistive technology for disabled people.

The project’s target group were disabled people living at home who require care and it looked at innovative ICT solutions that would maximise their autonomy and independence. Specifically, they developed a humanoid robot that can carry out household tasks as well as undertake minor medical jobs such as taking blood pressure which is then communicated to the patient’s doctor via the robot’s cognitive platform.

EKHUFT provided the necessary healthcare professional and patient input to the design, testing and evaluating all the systems that came from this project. The neuro-rehabilitation team accessed patients who were the target group of this project and involved them, making sure that the technology being tested was robust enough to ensure patient safety.

This is the CareTECH programme from the project’s closing conference in the summer of 2015.