Below is a selection of projects taking place under the theme of Health, Wellbeing and Education.
Lead by researchers primarily from the School of Life Sciences and Education and the School of Health and Social Care, these projects will give you an insight into the wide range of research that takes place, and the impact it has both in our local community and across the globe.
This study investigated the aspirations of pupils in primary and secondary schools located in low-socioeconomic areas in Staffordshire.
Our research shows that the appropriate design and tailoring of splints can reduce the energy used by children with CP while increasing their speed and distance, compared with a splint which is not fine-tuned.
The research examines the proposal in the work of Michel Serres that society has been based on the exclusion of nature and that it needs to be re-established on the basis of a new ‘contract’ that includes the natural world.
The aim of this project was to develop an ultrasound-based diagnostic tool to identify diabetic foot ulceration risk in Peruvian population.
The DIGItal innovative Strategies for PArental and Civic Engagement - DIGI-S.PA.C.E. project is a three-year (2019-2022) Erasmus+ project with the Create Partnership Trust, UK, and partners in Italy, Lithuania and Portugal.
This report documents the magnitudes of inequalities within and between countries in Europe for 19 indicators. It also updates the changes that have occurred within countries since the first assessment report in 2012. Addressing inequalities in environmental risk will help to mitigate health inequalities and contribute to fairer and more socially cohesive societies.
Jon Fairburn chaired the Expert group on behalf of WHO that produced this report and other outputs.
The resource package aims to generate awareness of the concept of environmental health inequalities and to support actions to tackle environmental risks at the local and national level.
Researchers at the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD) are working with Public Health England to evaluate users’ experiences of the online Heart Age Test. The evaluation involves an online survey and/or an interview to help understand if the tool meets the outcomes set by Public Health England.
This is a comparative study between parents and teachers in the UK and Vietnam. The research is exploring parents’ experiences and perceptions of homeschooling their child/children and teachers’ experiences and perceptions of remote working and online teaching during the Covid-19 school shutdown.
The overall aim of the wider work is to explore the trade and other economic barriers in restricting access to Assistive Devices and Technology in low resource settings. As a first step, the main objective of this research is to investigate the business environment for mobility assistive products in Africa. The data from this study will help inform wider international health and trade policies.
The aim of this project is to improve the lives of lower limb amputees, and their families and communities. The specific objective will be to understand the specific needs of amputees in relation to lower limb prostheses.
There is evidence that contact with natural environments is beneficial to human health and wellbeing, but the mechanisms are not well understood. PHENOTYPE was a four-year European-funded, multi-country project intended to provide a better understanding of the potential mechanisms, and better integration of human health needs into land use planning and green space management.
In the UK 3.7m people have diabetes and over 60,000 people have an ulcer at any time, costing the NHS circa £ 1 billion annually. Prof Naemi is the lead inventor of the ViscoTurf concept, which is a new 3D-printed orthotic device that emulates the function of natural turf. It consists of dense, flexible fibres that deform under load to provide cushioning, optimised offloading and better microcirculation on the plantar surface of the foot.
The purpose of this project is to support the development of a new diabetic foot clinic that offers care to a substantial section of the population in South India. This will be achieved: a) through the translation of best practice from world leading institutions in the UK and b) by validating a low-cost method for neuropathy screening for use in India.
Scoliosis or curvature of the spine is one of the major skeletal diseases in growing children where in the majority of patients the cause is unknown (idiopathic scoliosis). In some cases, there is a gradual worsening of the condition and the appearance of the trunk. Commonly the first indicators of the presence of the condition can include changes in the surface shape of the back, clothing not fitting properly, and hems hanging unevenly.
STANDUP is the research project #777661 funded by the European Community. It is a 4 years project that started the first of January 2018. The research group is composed of 5 universities all over the world, two European high-tech companies and a hospital. STANDUP aims at reducing diabetic foot ulcers incidence by providing accessible foot temperature analyses to the patients.
Advanced information and communication technologies have changed the way teaching and learning are conceptualized and conducted in higher education.
This project facilitates the knowledge exchange between clinicians, engineers and computer vision scientists to explore novel ways to utilise ultrasound imaging in the diagnosis and management of foot related pathologies.
Vector coding (VC) is a non-linear data analysis technique that quantifies coordination and movement variability of human movement.
Although publicly available datasets provide an overall picture of diabetes, it has little or no information relating to the complications and particularly no data on amputations or mobility related assistive devices.
There is a clear need for collecting structured and patient focused data during screening at a primary care level. This, in addition to helping to reduce the complications of the disease, will help to understand the assistive technology needs of these patients. This Project aims to gather this data which will help us formulate effective health policy and practice tailored to country specific demographics. The areas that we will explore as a part of this project relates to the type and duration of diabetes and the characteristics of its complications.
This study explored effective practice and provision in early years settings to support children’s learning.
There is strong evidence supporting the use of exercise as an intervention to improve balance and reduce falls, however there are noted issues with compliance of exercises. The longevity of continuing with exercises is poor without constant coaching on performance, leading to initial improvements that then slowly fade away.