Brighton Journal of Research in Health Sciences

Supporting Research in the School of Health Sciences


Wednesday 17th June 2015

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Aldro 113,Eastbourne 1pm-2pm

The Neater Uni-wheelchair: Developing Evidence through mixed methods

Dr Anne Mandy PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons) Reader, Director of Post Graduate Studies


This presentation will detail the stages and types of research and development that were undertaken to produce a viable, clinically acceptable wheelchair. Wheelchair provision for users with hemiplegia are inadequate. This research evolved from a clinical issue and involved users, clinicians and a manufacturing partner to solve the problem. The research commenced 10 years ago, with the production of a basic prototype. The different stages of research, the funding difficulties and political arena will be discussed.


Dr Anne Mandy is a Reader and Director of Doctoral Post Graduate Research Students. Her research is centred around assisting mobility. She works inter-professionally with users, research engineers,rehabilitation therapists and manufacturers to provide an evidence base for therapists and greater choice for users.

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