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Established in 2002, ADL Smartcare has worked with hundreds of experts in every field across the industry to understand age-related decline, associated medical technologies and the people who use them. Our research office was opened in 2010 and is located at Newcastle's Campus for Ageing & Vitality, where we review existing and emerging best practice from research and carry out statistical analysis of data to help us understand the characteristics of equipment and services, providing evidence that underpins the development of our systems.
Our focus is on helping older adults find the right products, services and activities at the right time to prevent age-related functional decline through the use of the ADL LifeCurve. Promoting best practice across the board, we provide data and intelligence to local authorities in order to reduce the overall spend on care in the UK.
Our research division has led us to develop online self-help products that are enabling people to take control of their own ageing journey.
NUIA is Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing, where researchers take a global approach to the multi-faceted issue of our ageing population. NUIA aim to translate internationally renowned research into the biological, medical and psychosocial determinants of healthy ageing across the life course into interventions that extend healthy lifespan and support active ageing.
We are committed to broadening our understanding of ageing by forming partnerships with experts from across the industry. Welcoming research and input from all over the globe, our advisory group includes top specialists in the field who decide which information we can use to further our development in all areas of ageing.
An Engineering Masters graduate from Loughborough, Peter's early career was in hospital medical equipment of various types, culminating in the role of Director of R&D and Quality for a division of BOC Healthcare in the US. Returning to the UK, he then focused for a number of years on working with Universities and the EC to evaluate and monitor research projects and translate those into practice focused on ageing and independence. In 2002 he founded ADL Smartcare to develop an expert system to make personalised guidance scalable and accessible to people regardless of their level of need. In 2007 he was recruited part time by Newcastle University as a Professor of Practice in ageing, focused on the translation of research into practice, and has co-created the Healthy Life Sim community interest company, and co-developed a framework for understanding how people functionally decline with age and how that can be modified through products, services and activities.
Chief Knowledge Officer and co-founder
Chief Research Officer
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer