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Digital Health and Wellbeing Symposium

Friday 24th March, 2017, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

The Digital Health and Wellbeing Symposium will be held at The Open University campus on 24th March and is organised by Dr Hannah R Marston, a Research Fellow in the Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area (PRA). This 1-day symposium will bring together researchers, academics, stakeholders and practitioners in a bid to share innovative ongoing and future concepts of cross and multi-disciplinary research in the area of digital health and wellbeing. It is anticipated there will be networking opportunities across different disciplines, knowledge exchange, impact, community engagement and sharing of ideas and experiences in a bid to make a difference. 

Registration is between 08:45 - 09:45.

Please register your interest/attendance with Dr Hannah R Marston –







Welcome address
Professor Regine Hampel, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies


Speaker 1: Dr Josephine McMurray, Wilfred Laurier University, Canada: 'Tertius iungens: Connecting the disconnected and other notions that help build ecosystems to support health & agetech innovation'


Speaker 2: Dr Malcolm Fisk, De Montfort University: 'Developments in Telehealth: How Consumers will Change the Way that Services are Provided'


Comfort break and networking


Speaker 3: Dr Matthew Fay, GP Principle The Willows Medical Practice, West Yorkshire: 'A new paradigm in palpitation management'


Speaker 4: Dr Charles Musselwhite, Swansea University: 'Supporting mobility of older people: Why technology is getting it wrong'


Lunch and networking


Panel discussion


Speaker 5: Dr Elisabeth Boulton, University of Manchester: 'Motivating 60-70 year olds to be more active using smart technology: The PreventIT Project'


Comfort break and networking


Speaker 6: Professor Josie Tetley and Dr Emma Koivunen, Manchester Metropolitan University: 'Using technology to reduce isolation'


Speaker 7: Dr Verina Waights, The Open University: 'Enhancing quality of life of carers through innovative ehealth technologies'


Closing remarks 

Dr Hannah R Marston, Research Fellow, Health and Wellbeing Priority Research Area


Dr Malcolm Fisk is a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Computing and Responsible Research at De Montfort University, Leicester will be presenting on the future of Telehealth, services and standards drawing upon his previous work and the PROGRESSIVE EU project which started on 1st October 2016. Additionally, Malcolm is the Director of the Telehealth Quality Group EEIG ( and in June 2016, the Telehealth Quality Group organized their first symposium at the University of Manchester which had over 100 attendees, including strategists, commissioners, service providers, manufacturers, carer and user focused organisations. 

Twitter: @malcolmjf


Dr Charles Musselwhite is an Associate Professor at Centre for Innovative Ageing, Swansea University will be talking about the use of technology and transport in the 21st Century. Charles has published widely in the areas of transport, mobility, and ageing. He was one of three guest editors for the Digital Gaming and Ageing special edition for the Games and Culture and is currently an editor with Drs Marston and Freeman on the Mobile EHealth book to be published by Springer 2017.  

Twitter: @charliemuss


Personal Website:

Dr Elisabeth Boulton moved into research following a successful career in management in the social care sector, working in local government and the voluntary sector. Lis completed a PhD on involving older adults in designing and implementing interventions to promote healthy behaviour. She worked on the EC funded FARSEEING project delivering much of the work on older adults’ views of technologies. Lis currently works on the EC PreventIT project designing and evaluating an App-based behavioural intervention, which will promote physical activity in daily life. Her research focuses on the use of technologies to facilitate behavioural change amongst older adults.

Dr Matthew Fay is a General Practitioner who joined Westcliffe Medical Practice in 1999. This has developed in to the Westcliffe Group of practices and he is now based at The Willows in Queensbury since 2014.
In 2001, Matthew established a GPwSI cardiology service in North Bradford which has expanded to provide services in Ilkley and Queensbury. He was a member of the NICE AF Guideline Development Group and is a standing committee member of NICE Quality Standard Advisory Committee. He is currently an Executive of the Atrial Fibrillation Association, STARS (the Syncope Trust), Arrhythmia Alliance, Anticoagulation Europe, on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Stroke Association, the faculty for Heart Valve Voice and a Trustee of ThrombosisUK. As a father of four, he insists that he is first and foremost a family doctor, spending the majority of his time seeing people in the setting of a general practitioner.

Professor Josie Tetley is a Professor of Nursing (Ageing and Long-Term Conditions) at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).She is based in the Faculty of Health Psychology, Social Care and Social Work. To date she has 20 years' experience of undertaking a wide range of international, national and local research work with older people and family carers. During this time, her research has focused on issues related to gerontology and user participation in research. Her commitment to this area of research is evident in her research outputs and publications. In terms of grant capture, Josie has attracted funding of over £500 000, where she has been the main research lead or co-applicant, set within the context of more than £2m overall project research funding. Josie holds professional memberships for the British Society of Gerontology and the Royal College of Nursing, and is currently on the editorial board member for the International Practice Development Journal.

Dr Josephine McMurrray is an Assistant Professor in the Business Technology Management program, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, at Wilfrid Laurier's Brantford Campus. Her doctoral thesis (Dr Ian McKillop. supervisor) examined the classification of inter-organizational electronic information exchange and interoperability as a measure of system integration. Her general research interests include healthcare system integration, quality and patient experience improvement, and system performance measurement. She has investigated information exchange in care transitions related to the frail elderly and mental health care, and measurement of electronic health information systems adoption and primary care outcomes for at risk populations. Future research projects and areas of interest include examination of values-based care models, stakeholder perceptions of technology and information exchange within organizations, technology-enabled measurement and management of patient experience, technology-enhanced human resource models, and regional health innovation ecosystems. Josephine's industry experience includes 13 years in health administration for a not-for-profit, and seven years in the for-profit sector working as a marketing manager for a multi-national and running a strategic planning and marketing consultancy. 


The Digital Health & Wellbeing Symposium will take place in the Michael Young Building (MYB), Rooms 3 & 4. If you are unsure of the location please see the map

From MK Central Train Station:
Bus: the #28 bus takes you directly to the OU Campus

Taxi: There are several taxi firms which will pick you up from outside and these are:

  • Skyline – 01908 222111
  • Speedline – 01908 260260
  • Eezy Cabs – 01908 218218

Walking: There are Redways (the cycling network) across Milton Keynes and, depending where you are staying, you may be able to walk to the campus.