On 26th February 2015 NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative held its second 'unmet needs' event with the support of Medilink East Midlands and Next Business Generation. 70 delegates came to a full Nottingham Belfry Hotel conference room to hear from 4 speakers about healthcare and 'living well' with dementia.
Speakers included academics at the Institute of Mental Health (MindTech and Centre for Dementia), an NHS Admiral Nurse (dementia specialist) and an independent carer invitee. This was followed by a workshop session where all 8 tables discussed the James Lind Alliance priorities and all produced an innovative technology idea in response to the identified needs.
The average delegate ratings for content and meeting of expectations were 87% and 88% respectively, and was 89% for the event as a whole.
Dr. Michael Craven, Senior Research Fellow in MindTech, who organised the speakers and ran the workshop with the support of other MindTech and Centre for Dementia staff said, "We were delighted with the enthusiasm of the participants and our invited speakers, to address this important area of unmet need". Costa Philippou, Project Manager - Business Development at Medilink East Midlands said, "even before people sat down, there was a 'buzz' in the room."
The event was free to attend thanks to the sponsorship from Next Business Generation, providing the venue, refreshments and networking lunch.
MindTech is planning to run further unmet needs events in its four areas of specialty: Neurodevelopmental disorders, Mood disorders, Dementia and the new theme in Paediatric/Young People's mental health.
Further details and slides from the event can be found here: Targeting unmet needs in Mental Health and Dementia