On the 29th September 2020, the UK National Advisory Board meeting was hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). Advisory Board members include NHS consultants, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, health system experts and occupational therapists. The CCCU MOTION project team gave a general overview of the MOTION project. This was followed by a presentation about the assessment of training needs of professionals, parents and carers in the use of bionic rehabilitation, and a presentation about the exoskeleton prototypes and plans for testing. Advisory Board members gave valuable recommendations, including considerations for cyber security in medical devices and suggestions for our robotic exoskeleton feasibility studies. Furthermore, advisory board members agreed to disseminate the MOTION project Online Survey of Health Care Professionals with their contacts. The next meeting will take place in spring 2021 and will be hosted by Chailey Clinical Services, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
On January 27th the (online) Dutch National Advisory Board Meeting has been successfully organized by the Sint Maartenskliniek. Participants had experience in various relevant aspects for the MOTION project, including the development and clinical evaluation of gait robots and exoskeletons, gait analysis and medical care of children with cerebral palsy and gait data analysis. The Dutch MOTION partners (Sint Maartenskliniek and Kinetic Analysis) gave a general overview of the MOTION project with short presentations about the purpose and status of the different technical devices developed in the MOTION project. Fruitful discussions occurred about clinical relevance and technical challenges. Participants had valuable advice and indicated pitfalls in the development and testing of the device.