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Unlocking patient–centred innovation

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    Panel discussion

    What could patient–centred innovation look like and how we involve the patient in the actual design of technological solutions within the health care system?

    Today, the focus of healthcare and treatment is shifting from the expensive, inequitable “temples of technology” which have become our hospitals, to the default setting of the home. Within this setting, the benefits are being explored of how technology could play a significant role in helping to improve outcomes of people with long term conditions. But will simply more technological solutions lead to better health and wellbeing? Cultural attitudes influence health care behaviours and in turn impacts upon innovation. Innovation in healthcare can only work if people are in a position to change their behaviour, which behaviour modification specialists say requires capability, opportunity and motivation. These subjects are of the utmost interest to social scientists because without them, our ability to engage with any innovation offered is severely limited.

    The need for integrated, interdisciplinary thinking and solutions to these questions is critical. This seminar brings together a target audience of stakeholders: those from the healthcare industry faced with the challenge of responding to this set of questions with healthcare managers; clinicians and patients.

    Through short presentations, discussion and case study examples we aim to host a conversation which focuses on how together we should shape the future in this area.

    We are delighted that this event forms part of the Economic & Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science 2013.

    Speaker Profiles

    Professor Daniel Steenstra
    Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Innovation, Cranfield University

    Prof SteenstraDesign and innovation expert, Professor Daniel Steenstra is the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Innovation, with a particular focus on medical and healthcare technology, at Cranfield University. With a degree in medicine and a background in design and innovation spanning a range of sectors, Professor Steenstra brings a wealth of experience to his role.


    Professor David Napier
    Professor of Medical Anthropology, University College London

    Prof NapierDavid Napier is Professor of Medical Anthropology at University College London, Director of the University’s Centre for Applied Global Citizenship, and lead on its new Science, Medicine, and Society initiative—a think tank devoted to the relationship between university research and public outreach in health and medicine.

    Dr. Alison Prendiville
    Deputy Director of C4D

    Dr PrendivilleAlison currently holds the position of Deputy Director of C4D; a multidisciplinary centre. It facilitates the convergence of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) with design. C4D was listed by the Design Council and NESTA’s Multidisciplinary Design Network in 2010, as one of eight best practice case studies of multidisciplinary design collaboration.

    Dr. Stephen Rainey
    Research Fellow in philosophy, St Mary’s University College

    Dr RaineyDr. Stephen Rainey is a Research Fellow in Philosophy at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, having previously worked in several European research projects in Belgium. Dr.Rainey has published articles on topics related to the philosophy of language, group identity, ethics, governance and ICTs, understanding and rationality. He continues research in these areas and others. He also acts as an ethics expert for the ethics sector of the European Commission.



    Dame Helena Shovelton DBE, FRSA, Hon. FRCP

    Dame ShoveltonHelena Shovelton has recently retired from being Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation. She is now starting a non–executive portfolio with her first appointment being to chair 2020 Health, an independent health think–tank. Previously Helena was Chair of the Audit Commission following four years as an Audit Commissioner. Helena has also been a member of the Competition Commission and Deputy Chair of the Local Government Commission for England.

    Becky Purvis
    Head of Policy, Association of Medical Research Charities

    Becky PurvisBecky joined AMRC in 2008 and has been Head of Policy since April 2011. Becky is responsible for developing AMRC’s policy work and interactions with the medical research community across the UK and Europe, building and coordinating AMRC’s active policy and public affairs networks and supporting members.





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