ADAPT project events – Save the dates!

The ADAPT project started in January 2017 and will finish in June 2021. It is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme. The project focuses on four main topics:

  • Smart and connected Electrical Powered Wheelchairs (EPW)
  • An EPW Simulator platform using virtual reality
  • Training of healthcare professionals in assistive technologies/social assistive robotics
  • Formalised agreements between research institutions and companies

ADAPT will be represented at two up-coming events:

IROS Workshop, October 2018, Madrid, Spain
“Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment: From Personal Mobility Aids to Rehabilitation-Oriented Robotics”

“Assistive Robotics & Everyday Life” Conference, December 7th 2018, Rennes, France

For more information on the ADAPT project go to our website:  Or search for #ADAPTproject on Twitter.


New European project ideas: vulnerable people and Emergency mental health care

Having submitted a number of projects earlier this year, we at the Health and Europe Centre are thinking ahead to new projects to be submitted for EU Interreg funding.

Community empowerment: making social public services accessible to vulnerable people with the Moms for Moms project developed by Community Center De Mussen in the Netherlands serving as a pilot for the project.

Better emergency mental health care: building on the existing work undertaken by the Stockholm Region’s PAM ambulance: when a caller rings the emergency number (fire, police, ambulance) they are asked if it relates to mental health, if so, the PAM ambulance is sent with mental health nurses and a paramedic on board. The project will take this learning and expand it, to include the integration of mental health apps, to provide a better emergency mental health care system for all the partner regions involved.

For more information about these projects you can contact: 

New call for proposals for projects

The Call “Implementation of best practices to promote health and prevent non-communicable diseases and to reduce health inequalities” implements the Annual Work-Programme 2018 of the third programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020) which sets out details of the financing mechanisms and priority areas for action.

Proposals can be submitted electronically via the Electronic Exchange System of the EU Research & Innovation Participant Portal. The deadline for submission is 13 September 2018. 

For more information go to:

DWELL half way point steering group meeting hosted by Arteveldehogeschool in Ghent

                                                      Last week some of the team were in Ghent for our half way point steering group meeting for Interreg 2Seas project DWELL. DWELL (Diabetes and WELLbeing) involves eight partners from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

To read more about the project and the partners involved go to:

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC)

The 16th and 17th of May 2018 saw project partners meet in Lille for a steering group meetings; partners presented their progress and proposed solutions to potentiel problems.

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) will create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs.

Follow the project on Twitter via #2SeasTICC


EMPOWERing individuals and communities to manager their own CARE 

The 2Seas area is facing a common problem: rising demand for health and social care services by our growing older population creating a pressing need to find new approaches. In 2013 the over 65s made up 18.2% of the European population; 19.4% in France, 18.6% in Belgium, 18.7% in the Netherlands and 18.2 % in the UK. These figures are set to rise to a staggering 28.7% on average by 2080. With the cost of care for older people increasing it is necessary to integrate these groups more closely with their communities, keeping them healthier and in their own homes safely for longer. The challenge facing the 2Seas area is that we will run out of resources if we don’t change the ways citizens are involved in their own health and wellbeing.

TABLO conference

The benefits of using the arts for patients with long term conditions is well documented. Now we would like to give you the opportunity to have access to a toolkit with more than 400 activities to help you bring the arts into your role. Whether you’re a carer, a patient, health professional or you just want to find out more – this conference is for you.

You can get access to the toolkit at our launch event on 21 June 2018 at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Join us and listen to those involved in the project as well as key speakers Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing from the Royal College of Nursing and Ben Saul, Chair of Trustees for the British Association of Music Therapy.

The TABLO (Training staff in the use of Arts for the Benefit of patients with Long-Term Conditions) project is co funded by the European Union with support from the European Commission. It has brought together representatives from seven other countries to develop an e-learning toolkit of vocational training which will help integrate arts into every day physical and mental healthcare when working with people who have long term conditions.

Spaces are limited so book your place now!