Virtual Learning Environment

Key Contact: Dr Andrew Bateman

Email: Andrew.Bateman@ozc.nhs.uk

Virtual Learning Environment  for neuropsychological rehabilitation in the community following stroke or acquired brain injury

In previous research the project has found a high rate of occurrence of fatigue that limits patients’ abilities to take part in rehabilitation and resume their day-to-day lives. When asked, the problems reported most frequently by people who have sustained brain injury relate to memory and executive difficulties (problems remembering to do things, holding onto information, planning, sequencing, monitoring progress toward a goal). Sadness, anxiety and frustration are frequent emotional problems experienced.

Previously as part of a NIHR CLAHRC -funded PhD studentship, Dr Sara Simblett used an online computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy platform that was written originally to help neurologically intact people with mild-moderate anxiety and depression. She evaluated the benefit of this commercially available programme with people living with the consequences of stroke.

Based on this thesis, the current project is seeking to develop a flexible package with a wider range of self-help materials. Early work with a range of collaborators has been completed as steps towards developing the memory management and adapted mood management materials. This will potentially provide remote access to high quality guidance to help individuals overcome problems they are experiencing in these domains. The proposed platform has the potential advantage of providing a route to remote assessment and collation of routine clinical data, which could be a valuable tool for research studies as well as service evaluation.

This research was funded/supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and currently benefits from the support of “Innovation Connect BV”, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, in an exciting new collaboration with an SME, Werson Management.