New Director for Bath Institute of Medical Engineering

Dr Nigel Harris, Head of Clinical Measurement and Imaging at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust (RNHRD), is to take up the post of Director of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) in October.

Dr Harris is an honorary Senior Lecturer in the School for Health at the University, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and a member of the UK National Stroke Forum.

He joined the RNHRD in 2001 and has worked to develop clinical services for osteoporosis and physiological measurement. He has been active in supporting and promoting clinical research between the hospital and other centres in the UK. 

His recent research projects include using assistive technology to help stroke patients rehabilitate at home, and monitoring patterns of physical activity during the rehabilitation of patients with respiratory disease or chronic pain.

BIME is a design and development organisation housed within the Wolfson Centre at the Royal United Hospital.  It works closely with the University.to research ways of improving the quality of life of people with disabilities and healthcare problems.

The Institute works with a wide range of disability support organisations, hospital departments and clinicians, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, academics, and other design organisations throughout the UK.

It is supported in part by voluntary donations which enable the lives of numerous individuals each year to be transformed.

The Chair of the Trustees, Dr Peter Lawes, said: "BIME was fortunate to attract a strong field of applicants and I am delighted to be able to announce that Nigel Harris will be its next Director. 

"Nigel brings strong skills and experience and the council is confident that he will lead BIME to ever greater success in the future."  

The current Director, Professor Roger Orpwood, retires at the end of October after 33 years at BIME, with six of these as Director. 

He has built up a national and international reputation for the Institute in areas such as dementia care. BIME's Smart Housing project uses the latest technology to support and care for dementia patients, giving them greater independence at home. 

He commented: "It is very encouraging to be able to hand over the reins to someone as capable as Nigel, and I really wish him well."

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