There is an increasing realisation that the intelligent and careful use of assistant technology will result in benefit not only to patients, but also to staff and to organizations. For example, better compliance with medication or other treatments, or timely reminders for staff, may help to ensure excellence in clinical practice and also help prevent the occurrence of adverse clinical events. Significant costs savings can readily arise from the proper use of assistive technology resources.
We offer a consultancy service for hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation units, and care homes where we advise on assistive technology that may benefit patients, service users and staff. This consultancy service is led by Professor Narinder Kapur, consultant neuropsychologist and visiting Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London. His cv is available here.
Professor Kapur has over 15 years experience in the use of assistive technology, having set up the world’s first Memory Aids Clinic in Cambridge in 2004. This clinic won an award in the 2005 national Medical Futures competition, partly sponsored by the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council. He was part of the team that was secured a grant from Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust that enabled the first trial of a Memory Aids Clinic to be carried out within St Thomas’ Hospital’s Memory Disorders Service. This research resulted in the successful award of a PhD. He is also part of the team that has been awarded almost £2 million by the National Institute of Health Research to fund a dementia research programme that included home-based intervention that incorporates assistive technology resources.
Professor Kapur pioneered the use of photographic technology as a memory aid. In 2004, he initiated and set up a collaboration with Microsoft’s Research Centre in Cambridge which resulted in a whole body of memory research being carried out in UK and internationally using a miniature camera, SenseCam.
Professor Kapur has lectured extensively on the role of assistive technology to help the cognitively impaired, and he has also published a number of journal articles and book chapters on this topic.
The consultancy service is offered on a ‘free to engage’ basis. That is, a consultancy visit will be provided free of charge, and if the site being visited does not implement any changes or put in place any assistive technology items as a result of the visit, no charge will be made. For further details, please use the Contact button to get in touch.