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