Dr Gillian Harrison, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), Faculty of Environment
Knowledge Exchange – Outward
The Knowledge Exchange Fellow from the University of Leeds will be placed with ETHOS Ltd, a digital health product and service company. ETHOS are subcontractors on the LifeBand project, which is developing a movement and proximity-detecting wristband for uptake by the general public, especially vulnerable individuals (Lifeband end-users). LifeBand aims to not only support the containment of COVID-19 but also offers opportunities for improving well-being, and safeguarding, and preventing social isolation. ETHOS’ role is to engage stakeholder groups involved in these areas (e.g. public health teams, local authorities, and community support organisations) and assist with the rollout of the technology Lifeband end-users. Through identifying and interviewing stakeholders, the Fellow will develop a digital Playbook for the widespread implementation of LifeBand in the event of government restrictions, to reduce social isolation and viral transmission within vulnerable communities. The Playbook will contain, detailed stepwise guidance, pathways, scenarios and case studies, tailored for and easily accessible to the stakeholder organisations supporting Lifeband end-users and concerned with community resilience. The /downloadable Playbooks will be made available through the websites of project partners accessible formats that meet the identified needs of stakeholders and launched at a networking event (alongside other supporting media).