She also works alongside the RUH as part of the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium, which also includes academics from the University’s Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA). Other PhD scholarships across the University are supported by philanthropic donations by individuals, trusts and foundations, and our corporate partners.
"Without the funding, this research wouldn’t have happened. There have been quite a lot of expenses – obviously there are my living expenses, but there’s also been equipment we had to buy for the research, particularly different smartphones for testing and evaluation."
The app is currently in its final stages of testing and has been distributed to a cohort of patients for feedback. So far, results have been promising, and Violet hopes this will act as a proof of concept to convince the NHS to invest in professional development of a similar app for widespread use in the future.