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Bull R.,De Montfort University | Azennoud M.,Northamptonshire County Council
Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Energy | Year: 2016

This paper discusses smart cities and raises critical questions about the faith being placed in technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Given increasingly challenging carbon reduction targets, the role of information and communication technology and the digital economy are increasingly championed as offering potential to contribute to meeting these targets within cities and buildings. This paper questions the faith being placed in smart or intelligent solutions through asking, what role then for the ordinary citizen? The smart approach often appears to have a narrow view of how technology and user-engagement can sit together, viewing the behaviour of users as a hurdle to overcome rather than a resource to be utilised. This paper suggests lessons can be learnt from other disciplines and wider sustainable development policy that champions the role of citizens and user-engagement to harness the co-creation of knowledge, collaboration and empowerment. Specifically, empirical findings and observations are presented from a case study of citizen engagement around an energy-from-waste infrastructure development. Recommendations are provided for engineers, planners and decision makers in order to help plan more effective engagement strategies for citizens, building users and stakeholders. Source


Price R.D.,Northamptonshire Highways WSP | Grindley S.,Northamptonshire Highways WSP | Grindley D.,Northamptonshire County Council | Jichi M.,Northamptonshire Highways WSP
Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering History and Heritage | Year: 2014

Oundle is a picturesque and historic market town in north Northamptonshire that lies on the banks of the River Nene. South Bridge lies on the south western outskirts of the town and formed an important transport link around the western side. It is a seven-span stone arch structure dating back to medieval times and is a scheduled monument and grade II listed. Following the discovery of a leak from a water main, concern was expressed regarding the structural integrity of parts of the bridge and it was decided to close the bridge to traffic for reasons of public safety. This paper describes the original leakage incident and the subsequent procedures that were adopted to reopen the bridge. Assessment of the bridge condition, stakeholder engagement, refurbishment options, works procurement, site works and subsequent monitoring are described. © ICE Publishing: All rights reserved. Source


Pollard L.,University of Leicester | Rogers S.,Northamptonshire County Council | Shribman J.,NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group | Sprigings D.,UK Cardiology | Sinfield P.,University of Leicester
BMC Health Services Research | Year: 2014

Background: The National Health Service is reconfiguring health care services in order to meet the increasing challenge of providing care for people with long-term conditions and to reduce the demand on specialised outpatient hospital services by enhancing primary care. A review of cardiology referrals to specialised care and the literature on referral management inspired the development of a new GP role in Cardiology. This new extended role was developed to enable GPs to diagnose and manage patients with mild to moderate heart failure or atrial fibrillation and to use a range of diagnostics effectively in primary care. This entailed GPs participating in a four-session short course with on-going clinical supervision. The new role was piloted in a small number of GP practices in one county in England for four months. This study explores the impact of piloting the Extended Cardiology role on the GP's role, patients' experience, service delivery and quality. Methods. A mixed methods approach was employed including semi-structured interviews with GPs, a patient experience survey, a quality review of case notes, and analysis on activity and referral data. Results: The participating GPs perceived the extended GP role as a professional development opportunity that had the potential to reduce healthcare utilisation and costs, through a reduction in referrals, whilst meeting the patient's wishes for the provision of care closer to home. Patient experience of the new GP service was positive. The standard of clinical practice was judged acceptable. There was a fall in referrals during the study period. Conclusion: This new role in cardiology was broadly welcomed as a model of care by the participating GPs and by patients, because of the potential to improve the quality of care for patients in primary care and reduce costs. As this was a pilot study further development and continuing evaluation of the model is recommended. © 2014 Pollard et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source


Groves-Kirkby C.J.,University of Northampton | Timson K.,Northamptonshire County Council | Shield G.,Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust | Denman A.R.,University of Northampton | And 4 more authors.
Perspectives in Public Health | Year: 2014

Aims: Domestic radon gas concentrations in parts of the UK are sufficiently high to increase lung cancer risk among residents, and recent studies have confirmed that the risk of smokers developing lung cancer is significantly enhanced by the presence of radon. Despite campaigns encouraging residents of radon-affected areas (RAEs) to test and remediate their homes, public response to the risks posed by radon remains relatively modest, particularly among smokers and young families, limiting the health benefits and cost-effectiveness achievable by remediation. The observation that smokers, who are most at risk from radon, are not explicitly targeted by current radon remediation campaigns prompted an assessment of the value of smoking-cessation initiatives in reducing radon-induced lung cancers by reaching at-risk subgroups of the population hitherto uninfluenced by radon-awareness programmes. This study addresses the motivation of current quitters in a designated RAE using a postal questionnaire administered around one year after the cessation attempt. Source


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Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 2.41M | Year: 2015

oneTRANSPORT aims to make transport more user friendly & accessible by deploying the world’s first open & scalable platform enabling multi-modal & multi-system transport integration across Local Authorities. Our long-term vision is the international integration of multiple sectors with transport. We are creating an open & self-sustainable transport data marketplace that uses the recently published oneM2M global standard. •oneTRANSPORT focuses on integrating modes & systems from 4 contiguous counties. Functionality is demonstrated with a multi-vendor exemplar application giving transport predictions & travel recommendations •With the Innovate UK endorsement, our platform will allow LAs to open & trade their data assets, create jobs, stimulate SMEs & economic growth, while reducing costs & driving end-user behavioral change. •oneTRANSPORT will complete the value chain from data generation to traveller, enabling new feedback loops, end-user value & operational benefits. By proof-by-existence we will show better transport network use, commercial viability, unlocking new markets & funding streams for transport, first in the UK & then beyond.

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