Professor Dylan Thompson, Director of Research in the Department for Health at the University of Bath, has been selected to present his research at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Scientific Seminar series.

Taking place on 11 June, Professor Thompson will showcase his ongoing research on digital healthcare technologies, looking at the role of digital physical activity monitoring and interventions in the management of chronic long-term conditions – such as cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, mental health and osteoarthritis.

He argues that low cost digital physical activity interventions and systems can be readily implemented and remotely managed without large infrastructural costs, already evidenced by his team’s development of a digital physical activity platform (funded by MRC) which has recently been commissioned by the NHS as a service from KiActiv Ltd as part of routine care for diabetes (Gloucestershire CCG).

However, some parts of the UK are further ahead than others, and adoption by policymakers and commissioners needs to keep up with technical innovation.

Connected through the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), Professor Thompson will present his research to departmental staff, as well as officials from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Public Health England, and NHS England.

He adds:

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to present at the DHSC Scientific Seminar series on our research using digital technologies."

"We have just started to scratch the surface of the potential for digital self-monitoring systems to help people living with long-term conditions. In the future, these technologies will help patients to self-manage their health in a way that was only dreamed of just a few years ago, and they will become an important cornerstone of clinical management plans."

If you’d like to apply for the opportunity to present your research at the DHSC Scientific Seminar Series, please e-mail Amy Thompson.