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press release: Innerva

Innerva involved in revolutionary project to improve outcomes for stroke survivors

29 Nov 2023
L to R Dr Gillian Sweeney, Stephen Stewart (Stroke survivor) and Dr Andy Kerr / Innerva
Innerva, the power-assisted exercise specialists, are involved in a groundbreaking trial that aims to boost the recovery of stroke survivors through exercise and other therapies.

The University of Strathclyde has partnered with NHS Lanarkshire to launch a Technology-Enriched Stroke Rehabilitation Hub at the University Hospital in Wishaw to meet the overwhelming demand for intensive rehabilitation.

New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines suggest stroke patients receive three hours of rehabilitation a day, five days a week. This is a dramatic increase from previous NICE guidance of 45 minutes a day.

Dr Gillian Sweeney, an occupational therapist with NHS Lanarkshire and advanced practitioner for stroke survivors, led on the development of the trial and set up the hub. She says: “The NHS can’t meet new the NICE guidelines in isolation; current data suggests that on average patients receive just 14 minutes of physiotherapy, 13 minutes of occupational therapy and 7 minutes of speech therapy a day. The new hub allows stroke survivors to access the intensive therapy they need to transform their rehabilitation outcomes.

“Recent research conducted in the University of Strathclyde has shown this type of model to be safe and feasible when used by people in the chronic phase of stroke recovery, and has led to improved outcomes. It is exciting to now be trialing ‘technology enriched stroke rehabilitation’ with NHS Lanarkshire inpatients, who are in the early stages of their recovery.”

The impact of stroke can be profound and the months immediately after a stroke are key to recovery. Located within the hospital’s stroke unit, the largest in Lanarkshire, the hub aims to address the motor, cognitive and communication impairments caused by stroke with a range of integrated technology. This includes a treadmill with a specialist harness, a balance trainer and Innerva’s power-assisted equipment which supports users to exercise allowing them to work passively or actively, depending on where they are in their stage of recovery. In addition, the hub houses specialist cognitive and VR equipment.

NHS therapy staff will design programmes for stroke survivors, who will be guided through their sessions by experienced professionals.

With funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account, a research assistant will assess the impact of the hub on inpatients in the early phase of their recovery with the aim of enabling them to achieve, or even exceed, the recommended levels of rehabilitation.

Dr Andy Kerr, Department of Biomechanical Engineering at University of Strathclyde, who is leading the project, says: “Global guidelines recommend that survivors of stroke receive rehabilitation therapy that is individually tailored, intensive and delivered within enriched environments. However, the overwhelming need for this rehabilitation far outstrips the capacity of most health care systems which don’t have enough specialist staff to deliver this service, which results in suboptimal, and often inequitable, rehabilitation. Technology offers a potential solution to bridge this gap.”

Dr Kerr would like to see rehabilitation hubs established in community settings across the country to provide stroke survivors with easily accessible therapy for optimal recovery.

“We are delighted to be part of such an important initiative, which has the potential to transform the recovery process for stroke survivors across the UK. This project is a perfect example of how the healthcare and health and fitness sectors can work together to impact public health,” says David Heathcote, Head of Business Development, Innerva.
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Tel: 01484 667474
Address: 3 Queen's Square Business Park, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6QZ, United Kingdom
Jon Hymus, Managing Director
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press release: Innerva

Innerva involved in revolutionary project to improve outcomes for stroke survivors

29 Nov 2023
L to R Dr Gillian Sweeney, Stephen Stewart (Stroke survivor) and Dr Andy Kerr / Innerva
Innerva, the power-assisted exercise specialists, are involved in a groundbreaking trial that aims to boost the recovery of stroke survivors through exercise and other therapies.

The University of Strathclyde has partnered with NHS Lanarkshire to launch a Technology-Enriched Stroke Rehabilitation Hub at the University Hospital in Wishaw to meet the overwhelming demand for intensive rehabilitation.

New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines suggest stroke patients receive three hours of rehabilitation a day, five days a week. This is a dramatic increase from previous NICE guidance of 45 minutes a day.

Dr Gillian Sweeney, an occupational therapist with NHS Lanarkshire and advanced practitioner for stroke survivors, led on the development of the trial and set up the hub. She says: “The NHS can’t meet new the NICE guidelines in isolation; current data suggests that on average patients receive just 14 minutes of physiotherapy, 13 minutes of occupational therapy and 7 minutes of speech therapy a day. The new hub allows stroke survivors to access the intensive therapy they need to transform their rehabilitation outcomes.

“Recent research conducted in the University of Strathclyde has shown this type of model to be safe and feasible when used by people in the chronic phase of stroke recovery, and has led to improved outcomes. It is exciting to now be trialing ‘technology enriched stroke rehabilitation’ with NHS Lanarkshire inpatients, who are in the early stages of their recovery.”

The impact of stroke can be profound and the months immediately after a stroke are key to recovery. Located within the hospital’s stroke unit, the largest in Lanarkshire, the hub aims to address the motor, cognitive and communication impairments caused by stroke with a range of integrated technology. This includes a treadmill with a specialist harness, a balance trainer and Innerva’s power-assisted equipment which supports users to exercise allowing them to work passively or actively, depending on where they are in their stage of recovery. In addition, the hub houses specialist cognitive and VR equipment.

NHS therapy staff will design programmes for stroke survivors, who will be guided through their sessions by experienced professionals.

With funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account, a research assistant will assess the impact of the hub on inpatients in the early phase of their recovery with the aim of enabling them to achieve, or even exceed, the recommended levels of rehabilitation.

Dr Andy Kerr, Department of Biomechanical Engineering at University of Strathclyde, who is leading the project, says: “Global guidelines recommend that survivors of stroke receive rehabilitation therapy that is individually tailored, intensive and delivered within enriched environments. However, the overwhelming need for this rehabilitation far outstrips the capacity of most health care systems which don’t have enough specialist staff to deliver this service, which results in suboptimal, and often inequitable, rehabilitation. Technology offers a potential solution to bridge this gap.”

Dr Kerr would like to see rehabilitation hubs established in community settings across the country to provide stroke survivors with easily accessible therapy for optimal recovery.

“We are delighted to be part of such an important initiative, which has the potential to transform the recovery process for stroke survivors across the UK. This project is a perfect example of how the healthcare and health and fitness sectors can work together to impact public health,” says David Heathcote, Head of Business Development, Innerva.
More press releases and updates from Innerva:
Hildegarde Naughton T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health and Wellbeing, has officially opened Ireland’s first power-assisted exercise studio.
The first studio in Benelux to adopt Innerva’s power-assisted exercise solution has launched in the Netherlands.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO has officially opened a power-assisted exercise suite at one of Europe’s largest action sports venues to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Corby.
A health and wellbeing studio has opened at a Salvation Army site in Kirklees as part of a trial to make exercise more accessible for older adults.
BeMore Fitsolutions is introducing Innerva’s power-assisted exercise equipment to the Benelux region for the first time.
Innerva: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
HCM editor, Liz Terry, has called on the sector to step up to assist the NHS with stroke rehabilitation to avoid millions being left with life-changing disabilities.
Power-assisted exercise specialist Innerva has teamed up with academics and technology providers to launch Planet Wellbeing, a virtual reality solution designed to alleviate loneliness and mental health issues in older adults.
Innerva has launched an off-the-shelf solution to help operators deliver successful power- assisted exercise studios and unlock the potential of the UK’s ageing population.
Innerva’s new access range, comprising the power-assisted Rotary Torso and Torso Dip, addresses the issues caused by prolonged wheelchair use. Innerva’s head of product development, Matt Holland, developed the range for gyms and leisure centres. It is a creation that recently won him the Future Leaders Award from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
Innerva: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
Everyone's talking about: Stroke rehab
With NICE recommending stroke victims undergo three hours of rehab a day, there’s an opportunity for the sector to step in as a key provider, finds Vicky Kiernander
Innerva
Tel: 01484 667474
Address: 3 Queen's Square Business Park, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6QZ, United Kingdom
Jon Hymus, Managing Director
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Our key customers span leisure (leisure trusts, council, independent and private operators), rehabilitation and therapy centres and care.
Plans for the next 12 months
We are currently working on an exciting project funded by UKRI, partnering with a number of academic and leisure partners which will see us develop the digital aspects of our products and rollout a new customer facing brand for our solution (which will be available to all Innerva customers), At Innerva we are focused on further developing our products so they continue to provide for and support active and healthy ageing, supporting the growth of the ageing population worldwide. We will also be focusing on new market opportunities both in the UK and abroad.
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“After 10 years of running its flagship Innerva suite in the UK, Lincs Inspire invested in an additional circuit of power assisted exercise machines to create a Wellness Hub within Grimsby Health & Wellbeing Centre, which now has 22 Innerva machines across three rooms, with over 600 members visiting regularly to improve their health, activity levels and wellbeing.”
– Ben Frary, sports and health improvement manager, Lincs. Inspire
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