Thursday 9 March 2017

Students create videos to help older people stay independent

A screen grab of one of the videos
NTU students have made a series of occupational health videos

The videos are already proving useful to older people
Senior lecturer Phil Nodding

Students from Nottingham Trent University made a series of videos and motion posters to help provide occupation health support to older people living in Notts.

The project – which was to support the work of Nottinghamshire County Council – saw students from the School of Art & Design produce a series of videos aimed at making older people more independent around the home.

Set to be formally launched at County Hall on 13 March, the videos have already been given praise and are proving useful to older people who are struggling to live independently.

The videos and motion posters demonstrate how to use items like cooking baskets, adapted toilet seats and hand rails.

The students worked with actors, health professionals and the occupational therapy and PR teams at Nottinghamshire County Council.

Julius Ayodeji, course leader for Art and Design Media Practice at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The occupation health videos were a brilliant opportunity for our students to work on a professionally produced video project that provides real benefit to the local community. Two of the university’s key aims are enriching society and empowering people, and this project did that and more.”

Phil Nodding, senior lecturer with the Art and Design Film Team, said: “The whole production experience has taught students how to manage a complicated location shoot with actors on a tight budget, how to work with diverse clients and how to design creative work that has real-world benefits beyond being an academic exercise. The videos, designed to run on the developing OT TV YouTube channel, are already proving useful to older people struggling to live independently.”

Students involved on the project included Nathan Farrow (photography), James Barlow (film), Josh Hollyoak, Adam Holmes, Ben Williams (film) Raed Mahfuod (motion posters) and Andrew Rothe (photography).

The idea of producing the videos came from Nottinghamshire County Council occupational therapist Moira Fitzsimmons-Holling.

Councillor Muriel Weisz, chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “The idea for these videos came from a frontline social care employee who spent a lot of time talking to people about how to use different types of equipment.

“Feedback from staff already shows that the videos have reduced the time they spend doing this, freeing them up to do other tasks.”

Moira said: “We wanted the videos to be a fun and light-hearted way to address a serious issue. We’re really pleased with the end result and have already had some great feedback from the College of Occupational Therapy and other organisations around the country.”

The videos are available to view on Nottinghamshire County Council’s website.

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Nottingham Trent University is a recipient of the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award

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