Middlesex College has co-led a first-of-its-kind course to coach healthcare professionals to work with clever robots, a talent that’s prone to be a lot wanted within the sector within the near-future.
The five-week Huge Open On-line Course (MOOC) taught college students in regards to the capabilities of socially assistive robots, checked out what makes for profitable interactions between people and robots and addressed moral points and misconceptions.
The course attracted greater than 450 members from 15 completely different nations and targeted particularly on the well being and social care business. It was a part of the IENE10 transcultural robotics nursing challenge, which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme.
Professor Irena Papadopoulos, head of the analysis centre for transcultural research in well being at Middlesex College, mentioned: “The variety of medical doctors and nurses is shrinking yearly and now we have to be ready as finest as we are able to to work with applied sciences reminiscent of synthetic intelligence and robotics.
“Socially assistive robots might be serving to folks with dementia as fixed companions and we are able to anticipate to see extra robots in working theatres, within the reception of clinics and hospitals, as they’re already in Japan and China, welcoming sufferers and offering info.
“The widespread use of robots in well being and social care might be a actuality within the subsequent decade so this course was essential as a result of educating and informing the workforce and the general public is absolutely essential.”
Robots are already to be discovered working inside the NHS. Earlier this yr Sheffield Children’s Hospital hosted a study into their potential use to assist calm younger sufferers’ anxieties and fears.
The coaching co-ordinator was Middlesex College, and it labored in partnership with the College of Bedfordshire, the College of Genova in Italy, the Cyprus College of Expertise, Edunet in Romania, and FH Vorarlberg College of Utilized Science in Austria.
Every institute had college students attend the coaching, alongside members of the general public. The MOOC nursing course is open for members of the general public to take as a self-directed course, freed from cost.