University of Sheffield

The Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology research group was formed in 2007 and has expanded with the appointment of Prof Mountain and others. The group currently has 20 research staff, including 3 professors, 3 research fellows and 14 RAs, and 4 PhD students. It has a strong track record of attracting large funding grants from the National Institute for Health Research and the research councils, with grant capture in the last 2 years of £5.5M as PIs plus £15.5M as Co‐Is. The group is embedded within the School of Health and Related Research ScHARR) which houses the most powerful UK group in health services research (2008 RAE), carries out world leading health economics research, and carries out health technology assessment work for NICE.

ScHARR’s Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies group (led by the project PI) have experience of the whole technology pipeline from technology development and through to deployment and research on population benefit. The group is highly multi‐disciplinary, including health services researchers, computer scientists, engineers and psychologists. It is strongly collaborative, with its main university collaborators being the Department of Computer Science and Human Communication Sciences, as well as growing links with Psychology, sociology and Information Studies. It also has strong links with the NHS, through its long‐term funded collaborations and through the £20M CLAHRC for South Yorkshire. Long‐term collaborations (funded by EPSRC) are also in place with other universities including Sheffield Hallam, Ulster, Newcastle and Bath. Internationally, the group has on‐going links with groups in Canada and Spain with growing links in China and India.

Role in SCRIPT: leader of WP1 and significant contribution to WP6

Expertise in SCRIPT: clinical input on neurological diseases, user trial, evaluation, biofeedback