We’re starting a new Friday trend, where each week we’ll provide a peak into the kinds of stakeholders we’re engaging with and projects we’re working on. We hope this will give those that haven’t got in touch yet more of a reason to do so, and to give our new friends that have joined our network a nice wave!
This week we not only opened the first door on our advent calendars, but we also opened the HTA doors on Monday to Cyber Biomedical Engineering, led by Mikolaj Krukowski. It is important we cover all the bases when it comes to medical device testing and our meeting with Mikolaj gave us great insight into what innovators need to take in to account when developing their products.
This conversation provided useful on Tuesday when we caught up with Docobo, a long term partner of the University of Surrey and Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, who are exploring the usability of their latestgeneration of devices with the support of the HTA, a collaboration we’re excited to be a part of.
Independent and improved living devices for the elderly was a recurring topic at the HTA this week, as on Wednesday we were introduced to Guardian Angel Carers by the Sleep study team who are our neighbours in the Clinical Research Building at the University of Surrey.
And then we welcomed the Awen Institute, who share a similar vision to the HTA but with a specific lens on the aged community. There is space for everyone when it comes to innovation, and success is always more achievable through collaboration.
On Thursday the HTA steered away from the elderly and lent its support to the Surrey wide mental health improvement plan, joining a call with the colleagues leading work to positively impact and change the current Mental Health landscape in the area.
That same afternoon, the majority of our core partners (who in full are: University of Surrey, Surrey Heartlands, KSS AHSN, Surrey and Borders, SetSquared Surrey and Cisco) came together for their monthly meeting to discuss all things HTA.
We all use different devices in our working day now, in many different environments and with the majority of us working from home these days, making sure our devices are set up in a way that doesn’t harm us, especially our eyes, is something I doubt a lot of us have considered. Jason More from Morescode, however, has. And on Friday morning we sat down with him and discussed the importance and benefits of these device checks.
If you haven’t visited the HTA yet but would like to find out more, or if one of these topics sparks your interest, please get in touch and maybe we’ll be featuring you in a future update.