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The cupboard is bare: how technology can address key unmet needs in mental health

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Mental health is an area of healthcare where the patient numbers are growing and therefore the need for diagnostics, treatments and monitoring are looking towards innovative approaches driven by technology.

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About the event

Join us to gain incremental insight into the technological advancements transforming the delivery of mental healthcare. This dynamic event will culminate in an ‘Ask the Experts’ session, integrating a live Twitter discussion where keynote speakers provide advice to people hoping to develop technology for this area and answer technical questions, which can be submitted both before and during the event.

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Hosted by Philips Research Laboratories

Philips Research is one of the world's largest corporate research organizations.

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Sponsored by Plextek

Plextek solves your business’ hardest technology challenges in sensing, data collection and communications. Our people provide solutions to give you the market edge.

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Sponsored by TTP plc

TTP is an independent technology company where scientists and engineers collaborate to invent, design and develop new products and technologies.

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Registration & refreshments


Introduction to the CW Wireless Healthcare SIG from Rob Blake of Philips Research


Dementia and Technology; Tom Dening, Professor of Dementia Research, University of Nottingham

Tom will cover general issues around dementia and how technology can be of benefit to people living with dementia and people providing care for them. He will describe the types of technology that may be used in dementia and discuss some of the work that his department have been doing in Nottingham.




Living well with dementia – the work of the Alzheimer’s Society; Pauline Meakins, Information Worker, The Alzheimers Society

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them. Dementia can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. At Alzheimer's Society, we believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.




Workshops, led by the four speakers and SIG champions

1. Community versus clinical monitoring: designing for different user interactions in this area – Leo Poll and Rob Blake

2. What technology can we take from other sectors to drive dementia tech forwards – Ladan Baghai-Ravary and Primrose Mbanefo

3. Collecting data from difficult subjects in mental health - the benefits and complexities – what arethe big questions in data to answer? – Pauline Meakins and Collette Johnson

4. Understanding good clinical collaboration and a discussion of learning from delegates – TomDening and Peter Ferguson


Lunch and Networking


Uncovering unmet needs; Leo Poll, Akendi UK

Technically everything is possible, meeting people's needs is where there real challenges are. How do
you identify unmet needs when users cannot articulate their needs properly or are simply unaware of
these for whatever reason? Trial and error is the standard approach but it really doesn't have to be that
way. This talk will address this chicken and egg problem and will show that one of these actually comes




Challenges in developing an automated healthcare system; Dr Ladan Baghai-Ravary, Aculab PLC

The talk briefly outlines a project undertaken to develop a system to aid clinicians with diagnosis and monitoring of diseases affecting speech. The system was designed to analyse subjects' voices automatically, drawing on linguistic and engineering expertise, with the results of the analysis being directed to an appropriate researcher and/or clinician. This research involved collection of 25,000 subjects' voices over the telephone, initially focussing on subjects suffering from Parkinson's Disease. During this process a number of unforeseen issues became apparent, related to scientific and behavioural preconceptions. This talk focuses on these problems and other challenges often taken for granted by engineers and researchers.




Feedback from the Workshops


Open Discussion and Live ‘Ask the Experts’ session, chaired by Collette Johnson of Plextek Consulting

Including live questions via Twitter, facilitated by Primrose Mbanefo of Accenture
Experts on the Panel will include:
o Prof Tom Dening, University of Nottingham
o Pauline Meakins, The Alzheimers Society
o Anna Jackson, Cambridge Cognition
o Leo Poll, Akendi UK


Fill in Evaluation Forms followed by Refreshments and Networking


Event Closes


Ladan Baghai-Ravary - Research Fellow, Aculab PLC

Tom Dening

Pauline Meakins

Leo Poll - President Akendi UK/Europe, Akendi UK

Technically everything is possible, making it work for people is where the real challenges are. Addressing these challenges from an end-user perspective in a way that makes business sense is what drives Leo. With more than 20 years of experience in Innovation driven Experience Research and Design he is able to bring an ability of strong lateral thinking combined with broad domain knowledge of applications/markets and technical enablers. Previous to his role at Akendi, Leo worked for the mobile phone division of Philips in Le Mans, France, managed numerous international projects whilst employed by Philips Electronics UK, was a member of the global 'Connectivity Programme' board of Philips Research, (Co-)founded Ryppel Ltd, Eversfield Innovation Ltd, Galileo Software Adviesbureau v.o.f.

SIG Champions

Leila Ali - Founder, Digital Health Cambridge

Leila is passionate about applying innovative approaches in bridging the worlds between health and technology. She has worked in the health sector for over 10 years and has a deep understanding of the importance of identifying opportunities of engagement and the evolving needs of patients. 


During Covid-19 she has been exploring digital health solutions at Addenbrooke's Hospital on safely connecting patients to families.


Leila is the founder and organiser of Digital Health Cambridge, a meet-up group that brings together various stakeholders, clinicians, investors and startups in Cambridge to foster a multi - stakeholder partnership. She is currently an eHospital support link at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she trains and supports colleagues regarding best practice using Epic (electronic patient record system). A digital strategy which enables clinicians to use the latest in computer technology to help them to consistently provide high quality patient care.

Peter Ferguson - Director for Healthcare Technologies , Arm

Peter is director for healthcare technologies at Arm and has been actively involved in the delivery of mobile and healthcare solutions since starting his Medical Electronics PhD in 1994. Based in Cambridge, UK, Peter is responsible for driving Arm's health strategies in Medical Sensors and Genomics. His remit is helping the healthcare industry to utilize Arm's high efficiency technology in developing new products and services. Peter has more than 20 years' experience working in the healthcare, mobile tech and pharmaceutical technology market and has been instrumental in delivering innovative mobile health solutions including wearable ECG, Mobile Devices, Adverse Event Systems and Portal Hospital solutions in the UK and China.

Peter Jarritt - Deputy Director, NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative

Peter is currently Deputy Director and technology theme lead for the National Institute for Health, Health Technology Cooperative for Brain Injury. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians as well as a Fellow of IPEM. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Healthcare Photonics at the Centre for Process Innovation. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience directing and delivering a comprehensive range of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services at the highest level. Most recently Peter was the Clinical Director and Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Notable projects under his leadership were introduction of RFID technology at Addenbrookes to enhance utilization of medical devices in the patient environment and the integration of medical devices into clinical information systems in an e-hospital programme. Peter’s other Career highlights includes Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency. He also served as President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) promoting the use of Physics and Engineering for patient benefit at national and international level.

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Siddhi Trivedi - Founder, Beowulf Proof Works

Siddhi’s ambition is to build an inclusive community with a focus on social innovation through the intersection between emerging technologies and creative minds.

Siddhi specialises in strategic, operational and technology-enabled business transformation. She co-founded Beyond Identity, to implement digital tools through the application of IOT, AI and blockchain enabled solutions. She has deep insight into developing apps and platforms within the healthcare sector, and regularly speaks on healthcare innovations at both local and international conferences.

During Covid-19 she has been working with collaborators to create an intelligent platform to rapidly collate and analyse genetic data to facilitate scientific research into the correlation between Covid and BAME group.

She is a member of the healthcare SIG champion for Cambridge Wireless and a lead organiser for Tech London Advocates Blockchain Group to create a think tank and repository for knowledge sharing and education for the wider community.

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Nigel Whittle - Head of Medical & Healthcare, Plextek

Nigel is Head of Medical & Healthcare at Plextek, spearheading engagement with a range of clients in the medical device sector, helping them develop innovative technology around sensors, data collection, communications and related areas. Nigel has over 25 years’ experience in the global life science industry, in a wide range of senior scientific, commercial and managerial roles. He conducted research work at Genentech and Celltech, then at Cantab Pharmaceuticals he was responsible for all company product development, taking proprietary products into late-stage Clinical Trials. With the IP Group he established a programme of technology commercialisation from Kings College London, including start up and flotation of companies. Later, working for UK Trade & Investment, Nigel worked with a portfolio of overseas pharmaceutical companies to secure high-level investment into the UK’s R&D capabilities. More recently he has worked as a business consultant both as an independent and at Sagentia. His current interests include the development of wearable technology to support clinical studies, and the use of monitoring systems for assisted living.

Paul Winter - Senior RF Consultant, TTP plc

Paul Winter is a programme manager and RF engineer in the Communications and Wireless group at TTP. He has led numerous projects in commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors developing connected devices and precision instrumentation. Paul has a heritage in developing products integrating multiple wireless standards including GPS, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and proprietary ISM band radios, deployed within multi-sensor systems for in-home and on-body applications, often coupled to 'Cloud' based analysis and visualisation services. In healthcare Paul has applied aspects of wireless, antennas and electronics to a number of medical devices including inhalers, glucose testing and point of care diagnostic instruments. Paul has also led several incubation projects for TTP's Carbon Trust Incubator, covering a wide range of cutting edge technologies. Paul joined TTP in 2006; prior to this he worked as a radio engineer for Global Communications developing high volume consumer in-home satellite and digital TV distribution equipment, as well as portable equipment for the 'on-location' broadcasting industry. Paul has a Masters degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Wales, Cardiff. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering and is a Charted Engineer.

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Philips Research Laboratories, 101 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0FY

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