Techno Therapies – A showcase of technologies for mental health & well-being

Thursday 6th November 2014 The University of Sheffield As part of the Economic and Social Science Research Councils (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) we invite you and your colleagues to join us for Techno Therapies, an afternoon of talks, demonstrations and debates showcasing the current healthcare technologies for mental health and well-being.On the day we will be capturing delegate’s feedback on the use of technology in mental health care and their thoughts on the specific products seen and tested, using the mediums of film, cartoons, animation and innovative electronic data capture techniques.
Event Programme
1.00 – 13.30   Registration and networking

13.30 – 13.45 Introduction: What is the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare   Professor Mark Hawley, CATCH, The University of Sheffield

13.45 – 14.45 Showcase and demonstrations of in-development and in-use technologies to support positive mental health from leading commercial and academic groups.

14.45 – 16.00 Panel discussion: Drivers behind the potential need and use of technology in mental health promotion and improvement             Chaired by Dr Katherine Easton, Research Scientist, CATCH

Current use of technology in mental health care and research                                                               Dr Abigail Millings, Lecturer, CATCH

The future of technology in mental health              Dr Lucy Simons, Research Fellow: Involvement and Implementation, MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative

Presentations

The use of technology to support recovery and psychological health in the Sheffield region
Professor Brendan Stone, Professor of Social Engagement and Humanities, University of Sheffield, and Senior Fellow for the Institute of Mental Health.

The importance of patient and public involvement in our research
Dr Katherine Easton, Research Scientist, CATCH

The importance of design in digital health               Dan Bladon, Founder and Director of Design & Prosper

How external organisations can collaborate with CATCH and the wider university to conduct innovative research
Simon Butler, Centre Manager, CATCH

16.00 – 17:00 Closing remarks and networking

Tea and coffee available, throughout the day

What is CATCH?

The Centre of Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield is the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary healthcare technologies research centre.

Our network of over 40 academics, from 12 departments across the University of Sheffield work with partners from the NHS, other Universities, charities, local authorities, care providers and industry to develop, evaluate and implement user-friendly healthcare, wellness and assistive technologies to enable independent living.

Mental healthcare is the single biggest item on the NHS budget (£12.16bn in 2010/2011) but is often overlooked and neglected. With increasing pressures on the NHS budget, the need to find ways to do things differently and smarter is increasing.

Technology has the potential to make significant and cost-effective contributions to mental healthcare and academics within CATCH are hoping to use their research and expertise to develop useful innovations in this area.

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