Other Funded Projects

Kid's Wearable Tech

  • Principal Investigator

    Dr Peter Culmer, University of Leeds

  • Co-Investigators

    Dr Carol Joinson, University of Bristol

    Mr Nathaniel Mills, Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health


IMPRESS has joined forces with the Devices for Dignity Medtech Co-operative’s TITCH Network, based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Bristol Medical School at Bristol University, to develop a mobile device app targeted at the 5-10 years age group. This project aims to improve support for primary school aged children affected by continence problems in self managing their condition with the level of discretion they aspire to as expressed at our Kids Toilet Talk workshop in September 2017, particularly at school and in leisure pursuits outside the family home.

The new app is intended to be a piece of free downloadable software which responds to the specific requirements of these younger children and their parents, is capable of customisation in tune with the marked changing aspirations naturally occurring through the course of child development across this age range, and incorporates adjustable parental control appropriate to a child’s increasing independence.

Through collaboration with TITCH the project will be undertaken in conjunction with the newly formed NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative (CYPtech) which will add its considerable scope and networks to the project. Equally so recent work by Bristol University towards developing a similar app for young people aged 10 upwards will inform this project with invaluable resource and allow the scope of work to encompass both northern (Leeds/Sheffield) and southern (Bristol) regions of the UK.

The research is due to begin in late June 2018 with an online survey of user requirements which will then be bolstered by a participatory workshop in August for ~10 children. Following feedback from this event and the online survey results a wireframe for the app will be developed and will be released for virtual testing by potential users in late August. From this point onwards the aim will be to develop a trial version of the app software and to then invite the same group of children to an event in December to try out the app in smart watches in a fun setting in Leeds.

Throughout the project feedback from clinicians on the design development will be sought to ensure that, where appropriate, the software could also serve as a useful monitoring tool for specialist paediatric healthcare professionals.

Incontinence Management & PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS