Department for Health


Bath Institute of Medical Engineering


Collaborate with us

We are always looking for new collaborations with academic staff. If you would like to discuss how we could work together then please contact Dr Nigel Harris:

Phone: 01225 824 103

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Designability (Bath Institute of Medical Engineering) is a national charity joining expertise and knowledge to enhance people’s lives.

We were established in 1968, with support from the University and local health board and are now based in the Wolfson Centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. Although we are an independent body, we have strong academic collaborations with the University of Bath.

We are engineering and design experts with a passion for creating life-changing assistive technologies. We conduct original research and develop commercial products that meet real needs.

Our user-led research ensures we are developing solutions that really work.

Our core themes

  • Medical Engineering
  • Children’s Mobility and Seating
  • Technology for People living with Cognitive Impairments and Dementia
  • Technology for the Ageing Population

Making a difference

We investigate areas of unmet need and apply research methodology to measure the outcomes and benefits of various interventions. Many of our projects are carried out with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, drawing on each person’s expertise. We also work collaboratively with the best local and national academic healthcare partners.

We are one of the founding members of the University of Bath’s Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN).

Our research projects with the Department for Health

Novel Assessment of Nutrition in Ageing (NANA)

nanaWe have developed a touch screen based system that measures physical and mental frailty and dietary intake in older people at home.

Tim Adlam (Head of Mechanical Engineering) has been working with staff in our department on this project.

Challenging Obstacles and Barriers to the Adoption of Assisted Living Technology (COBALT)

nanaWe are developing a set of novel interactive tools for ALT industry and service providers to engage with older adults and staff to develop and improve adoption of new technology and services.

Tim Adlam has been working with staff in our department on this project.

inTouch – reducing social isolation of people living with dementia

nanaWe are working to develop a video conferencing system for people with dementia to enjoy ‘virtual visits’ with their relatives and friends in other households.

Nigel Harris (Medical Engineering / Computing and Electronics) and Hazel Boyd (User Interface Engineer) have been working with our staff on this project.

Our researchers

Name Role
Dr Tim Adlam Mechanical Engineering
Dr Nigel Harris Medical Engineering, Computing and Electronics
Dr Hazel Boyd User Interface Engineering
Nina Evans Occupational Therapy (Dementia, Assistive Technology)

Many of our researchers have honorary positions with either the University of Bath, or the University of the West of England.

Find out more about the members of our team.