Technology rehabilitation


Date: 13th Dec 2016

Top health experts discussed the use of technology for rehabilitation after brain injury at a free training afternoon on Friday (9 December 2016) at University Campus Aylesbury Vale.

The 'Promoting Technology in Neurorehabilitation' session, run by the Community Head Injury Service (CHIS), Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Buckinghamshire New University's Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living (CETAL), was attended by 55 professionals ranging from occupational therapists to service managers. CETAL training

Firas Sarhan, Director of CETAL, based at University Campus Aylesbury Vale, said there was a lot of open discussion and it went 'extremely well'.

He said: "It is evident that the value of information technology in the management of cognitive difficulties after brain injury is increasingly recognised. This event was a result of a one year collaborative work on the evaluation of promoting the use of technology to enable self-management of cognitive difficulties after brain injury in a group setting."

CETAL focuses on research, evaluation and teaching and learning, and is aimed at helping people continue to live in their own homes by using technology to detect a deterioration in their medical condition and give a better picture of their progress to medical professionals.

Participants had the chance to tour the living lab at CETAL and exchange ideas and thoughts for possible collaboration in future.

Dr Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist/Head of Service at CHIS, said: "It was an excellent afternoon with practitioners from Buckinghamshire Community Head Injury Services sharing innovative work with technology to the benefits of other practitioners from other healthcare trusts who are clearly highly motivated to integrate technology into their practice."

Other speakers at the event included Clinical Neuropsychologist Scott Fergusson, Peter Jarritt of NIHR Health Technology Cooperative and Clara Buckle, Occupational Therapist at CHIS, among others.

Picture caption (L-R): IT consultant Steve Wiseman, consultant clinical neuropsychologist/head of service at CHIS Andy tyerman, occupational therapists Clara Buckle and Sue Brentnall, principal clinical psychologist Scott Fergusson, work placement consultant Martin Hillier, director of CETAL Firas Sarhan and NIHR health technology cooperative Peter Jarritt.


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