Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS FT is a partner in an exciting new 4 year programme MinD (Designing for People with Dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement) with European and Australian partners. MindTech’s Tom Dening (Professor of Dementia Research & old age psychiatrist at NHT) and Dr. Michael Craven (technology senior research fellow) are running the NHT end of the programme along with consultant clinical psychologist & neuropsychologist Dr. Donna Maria Coleston and MindTech’s patient and public involvement team, all based at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus. The MinD programme involves multiple exchange visits and technology design projects.

Mike Craven (group photo, front left) attended the first management meeting in Brussels in March. The following press release from the lead site in Wolverhampton explains more about the project. Notts Healthcare will co-host the first exchange visit with University of Wolverhampton in May.

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MinD - Designing for People with Dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement

On 9 and 10 March 2016, the University of Wolverhampton’s Brussels office hosted the first partner meeting of the MinD project, led by Prof Kristina Niedderer of the Faculty of Arts (group photo, front right). Researchers from 10 partner organisations in five European countries came together to discuss how they will collaborate in the area of designing for the mindful self-empowerment and social engagement of people with dementia.

The partner organisations are a combination of universities, healthcare providers and design professionals. During this four-year project, which will run until February 2020, they will work together to design and create a number of experiential prototypes to support people with dementia. These will cover designing to help with personal difficulties with social engagement, and designing the environment to help with social engagement.

The project will be carried out through a series of 15-day exchanges in the partner countries: the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Spain and Australia. Researchers will be hosted by one of the partners as they work on issues such as data collection, design development, implementation and testing of the designs. The first exchanges will take place in May 2016 and will be hosted by partners in the Midlands, UK.

Prof Kristina Niedderer, project coordinator, said “The meeting was an excellent first opportunity for all partners to come together and to plan for the implementation of this novel project. Bringing together design and mindfulness to support dementia care offers new and exciting research opportunities, which this consortium will explore. The MinD project is one of the few that uses design to foreground the human experience when interacting with technology.”

The partners involved in the MinD project are:

1) Universities - University of Wolverhampton, Universiteit Twente (NL), Technische Universitaet Dresden (DE), Université de Luxembourg , Queensland University of Technology

2) Dementia care & policy - Alzheimer Europe (LX), Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Alexianer St Hedwig Klinik Berlin (DE), Zorggroep Sint Marten (NL)

3) Design and ICT – Panton Design (NL), Picharchitects (ES), Eurecat (ES), INTRAS (ES)

For more information, please go to the MinD project website at

Funding bid website:

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 691001.

This document reflects only the author's view and the Research Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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