Innovation in the School of Healthcare Sciences
22 January 2014
On 22nd January 2014, staff from across the School and the wider University gathered for the first time to share their inspiring stories of innovation in practice and research.
The afternoon began with a presentation by Dr Tyrone Kidney, Innovation and Engagement Manager for the Allied Health Professions for the whole University. His work is not limited to Allied Health Professions courses, but his attention is dedicated to DENTL, OPTOM, HCARE and PHRMY which have various links and were grouped together by the REF process. Tyrone explained that his role is to support and advise on various types of engagement, innovation, projects, strategy, partnerships and even PR.
The second speaker was Dr Rhodri Turner, Technology Transfer Project Officer for the University. Rhodri’s presentation, ‘Intellectual Property and Innovation in Healthcare’ underlined the importance of getting the Technology Transfer Team involved in projects at an early stage, to handle issues central to intellectual property such as patenting and copyrighting.
Richard Day presented the School’s own commercial project ‘Vector’ – a series of wireless mats designed to give a quantitative analysis of sporting ability. Leading neatly on from Rhodri’s presentation, Richard explained the process of developing the technology and the involvement of Rhodri and his team throughout. To learn more about Vector, see our article on the Physiotherapy Clinic.
The fourth presentation was delivered by Lecturer Michelle Moseley and engaged with her MA topic of domestic abuse. Michelle identified a lack of communication in the emergency and health services regarding domestic abuse cases, so introduced a new process in Gwent to ensure that key agencies were informed when a domestic abuse incident occurred. Her important work resulted in a success rate of 100% in the recording of such incidents by Health Visitors within 11 months.
The final presentation of the afternoon was given by Dr Aled Jones, who spoke about the importance of ‘Disruptive Students’ and the power of junior staff to make a difference to healthcare practice, despite the cultural difficulties they often face when they start working in practice – hitting the ‘how we do things here’ barrier. Aled has been working to change this in a range of ways, from organising coffee mornings for junior doctors to brainstorm big ideas, to trying to make NHS inductions more inspiring. Sometimes all it takes is a simple question, he explained, such as getting nurses to ask, ‘What can I do to improve your care today?’
Before the group broke for coffee and networking, Professor Danny Kelly wrapped up the day, saying, “The idea is that these events will continue to shake us up and make us think. It’s about fresh thinking - and that fresh thinking is something I want to incorporate into my work."