Dr Peter Cudd

BSc, PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Senior Research Associate

+44 114 222 0879

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Dr Peter Cudd
School of Health and Related Research
Room 1.06, Innovation Centre
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I worked in the University for over 15 years and then in South Yorkshire hospital trusts before joining ScHARR in 2008. Since the mid-80's I have worked in health-related research and development and in multi-disciplinary teams. The latter started with an engineering focus, but increasingly, driving the research by user input has resulted in leading my work with more health and social science research approaches ie to date primarily qualitative and mixed methods.

I am currently a Senior Research Associate and most of my work is focused around innovation in electronic Assistive Technology (AT), mHealth and teleservices for health and social care. This is currently supported via two routes. The NIHR funded "Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, South Yorkshire" (CLAHRC-SY). In CLAHRC-SY we are identifying innovative telehealth technologies that are needed, or, need to be evaluated because they do not yet have enough evidence to be used within the UK health service. In the rest of my time, I lead in short term Knowledge Transfer or research and development projects. This work means I have developed experience and expertise in working with individuals or small and medium enterprises with ideas for new AT technology.

I am currently President (elect) for the rest of 2015, becoming full President for 2016 to 2017 inclusive, having been Treasurer and board member of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) during 2011-2015. "2014-15 has seen a very active board and we hope to continue this in the coming years." For the AAATE and CATCH there is the added bonus of working together to host and oragnise the AAATE 2017 conference in Sheffield (see AAATE 2017 link).

Research interests

My research interests include open and closed innovation as topics and across health electronic technology, electronic AT design and evaluation – including intelligent/robotic AT. My particular interests include: simplifying the user experience of sophisticated digital systems – bringing the philosophy of 'Use of IT without understanding it'; so-called mHealth – use of mobile technologies for any health and social care purposes; the role of patient information within tele-interventions; user-centred design methodologies in the health and social care context; patient and public involvement; lay research participants views on research ethics and dementia.

'Use of IT without understanding it' is practically embodied in an open source Windows™ application called Maavis (Managed access to audio, visual and information services). Currently, in collaboration with an external open source developer and the University’s Designer in Residence, an HTML 5 and Apache licence version is being produced.

My recent short term projects within CATCH have included working on haptic technologies for people with visual impairments, telecare for people with dementia, leisure apps for people with dementia, and telerehabilitation for dysarthria.

Recent / current projects

  • Three University of Sheffield ‘Knowledge Transfer’ projects over 9 months. Funding total £61k with a gross values of £76k. One still current.
  • Four funded research projects over 1 year. Funding total £268k with a gross value of £330k. Three still current.
  • Two ‘other’ externally funded projects £135k. Both current.
Professional activities
  • President 2016-17 September - December 2015, member of the board (2011-2019) for the 'Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe'.
  • AAATE 2017 conference organiser: Sheffield 11-15 Sept 2017.
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (since 2008).
  • Faculty Knowledge exchange champion for ScHARR with a remit to focus on SME collaboration.
  • Reviewer for the following journals: Health Services Research, Ageing and Society, Technology and Disability, Journal of Assistive Technology.
  • Reviewer for the following International conferences: CSUN, AAATE, ICCHP
  • Maavis community Project Management Chair.