East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals serving a local population of around 720,500 people.

We have a national and international reputation for delivering high quality specialist care, particularly in cancer, kidney disease, stroke and vascular services.

As a teaching Trust we play a vital role in the education and training of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, working closely with local universities and Kings College University in London.

R&D: Research is a core commitment of EKHUFT and the programme is growing year on year. Our Annual report 2010-11 will demonstrate this.

Medical Physics: The department provides a wide range of engineering and scientific services for the patients and wider community. A key area of activity is in Clinical and Rehabilitation Engineering where scientists and engineers work with other health care professionals as members of a multidisciplinary team. These activities focus on specialised seating, specialised powered chair control and Communication and Assistive technology [ACATS]. A major goal is to provide integrated solutions to patients with multiple and severe disabilities so that their various technological needs can be coordinated and provided at a single point of contact.

Neurorehab Unit: This in-patient & out patient based specialist service is led by EU accredited Consultant in Neurorehab. We pursue a diverse research programme with national & International collaboration.

Involvement in the project

EKHUFT are involved in all aspects of the project as it is able to bring Clinical Expertise, patient recruitment and expertise in the use of specialised powered chair control systems with severely disabled users and their care networks.

Staff Involved

Dr Mohamed Sakel Dr Mohamed Sakel
Director of NeuroRehabilitation Director of R&D EKHT
Further Information
Email: mohamed.sakel@ekht.nhs.uk
Dr Matthew Pepper Dr Matthew Pepper
Head of Clinical and Rehabilitation Engineering Medical Physics Department
Email: matthew.pepper@ekht.nhs.uk
Ian Akers
Portfolio Manager
Susan Kelly
Research Governance, Coordinator EKHT

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