small Mike CravenMike Craven joined MindTech at its beginning, bringing over 20 years of experience spanning healthcare technology assessment, electronic engineering and computer science. He is Senior Research Fellow for the Technology theme of MindTech, working across all clinical themes. He is also a member of the Centre for Dementia at the University of Nottingham, and the Faculty of Engineering in the Bioengineering Group. Mike has an honorary contract with Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is also Health Economist in the Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA) based in the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a member of the East Midlands Research into Aging Network (EMRAN) and INTERDEM, and is also a trustee and co-director of the Trent Dementia Services Development Centre charity.

MindTech projects include:

  • Virtual Reality psychological therapy for people living with schizophrenia (NIHR i4i challenge project).
  • Dynamic Visualisation of well-being (EPSRC New Mind project).
  • Wearable/smartwatch technology for remote monitoring of central nervous system conditions, and Tourette's Syndrome (RADAR-CNS & Pebble apps)
  • Smartphone Apps for self-monitoring in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (SnappyApp & iRAM);
  • Gamification of ADHD public awareness on large touchscreens (Attention Grabber);
  • Evaluation of digital technology (websites and Apps) for mental health and well-being co-produced by young people (Innovation Labs evaluation for Comic Relief);
  • Evaluation of online therapy for adults (Big White Wall evaluation in Derbyshire IAPT service, led by East Midlands AHSN)
  • Design and evaluation of technologies for older people with dementia and carers (MinD, and previously CASA and KuPA);
  • Remote therapy and counselling using video calling (advisory role for two CLAHRC projects);
  • Advisor on app development for NHS CAMHS support (NIHR i4i 'PowerUp' project led by Anna Freud/UCL).

Prior to joining MindTech he was in the MATCH programme researching methods and tools to ease the process of determining the value of healthcare technology innovations. There he worked closely with NHS innovation partners and medical device companies. Knowledge exchange activities included early stage health economic modelling and human factors methods to capture the needs of users (health professionals and/or patients) and delivery of training workshops with the support of Medilink organisations and the Knowledge Transfer Network. He also conducted Health Technology Assessments for the Centre for Evidence Based Procurement (CEP), NICE and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and has recently co-authored a British Standards Institute specification for health app development.

His current research interests are the following areas: self-monitoring of health (devices & Apps); games and simulation; information design in diagnostics and screening; evaluation of imaging and surgery navigation systems.  Other research interests have included design of a variety of technologies: collaborative virtual environments; assistive & augmentative communication systems (gesture-based); microelectronics. Mike obtained a PhD (1994) and MSc (Modern Electronics, 1989) from the University of Nottingham and BSc (Physics, 1987) from the University of Bristol.