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Helping Medical Technology Innovation Students find unsolved problems
Overview

This is an opportunity to help students identify problems and unmet needs for people affected by musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Tuesday 27th February 2018 12:00 (3 hours, 30 mins)
  • Workshop
  • Influence

Aim

A group of 4th year biomedical engineering students from Newcastle University are learning about Medical Technology Innovation and need to invent solutions for real world problems.

To do this they must interview people affected by particular disease states. This year the focus is on musculoskeletal conditions of the hips and knees such as osteo-arthritis, and hip or knee replacements. This will lead to each student team having a list of unmet needs and unsolved problems which cause people pain, stress and cost. This will give them list of problems and they will work to invent solutions for some of them.

At the end of their course the inventions for problems / unmet needs become part of their exam. Presentations are made to a panel which includes representatives from the NHS and the regional Academic Health Science Network.

Volunteer Criteria

To take part you must have experience of musculoskeletal conditions of the hips and knees such as osteo-arthritis, and hip or knee replacements.

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to take part in a focus group which will last for approximately 3 hours.

12:00 - lunch
12:30 - 
Introduction
13:00 - Conversation style interviews around tables
13:45 - break
14:00 - Conversation style interviews
14:45 - break
15:00 - refreshments and informal conversation

All data will be anonymised.

When & where?

The focus group will take place on Tuesday 27th February, 12:30-3:30pm in the Innovation Theatre (room 2.10) in the Newcastle University Business School.

Will I get anything for taking part?

You will receive a £10 voucher for taking part.

Location

  • Room 2.10, Newcastle University Business School
  • 5 Barrack Road
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 4SE

Helping Medical Technology Innovation Students find unsolved problems Discussion

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  • Bernie Wright
    16th January 2018

    I have osteoarthritis in knee and foot.

  • Tina Fry
    12th January 2018

    I don't have the problems myself, but I was a carer for my mother who had two hip replacements (and rheumatoid arthritis). Would this count?

    VOICE Head Office
    15th January 2018

    Hi Tina, Yes even if you don't have experience yourself, it is valuable to hear about your experience as a carer, so please do register for this opportunity.

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