About

We have a multidisciplinary team of experts involving immersive VR innovators, researchers, clinicians and academics from Torbay Hospital, Plymouth University and Birmingham University.

Nick Peres
Head of Digital Technologies
Nick is the Head of Digital Technologies at TSDFT and currently leads on multiple VR based initiatives within the NHS including The VR Lab sponsored by Health Education England and is founder of PatientVR. Nick advocates a ‘clinicians as content creators’ approach to creativity in healthcare and believes collaboration and access is key to the adoption and success of new technologies. Nick works and advises on various digital and emerging healthcare technologies panels at a national level, with a particular remit around immersive and simulation visual interfaces.  Nick has frequently spoken at national level (and is a TEDx speaker) on the use and potential of immersive technologies within healthcare, approaching this area from a grounded humanities perspective. ​
Dr. Payal Ghatnekar
Technology Research Lead
Payal is the Technology Research Lead at TSDFT, responsible for managing immersive technologies research.  She is a human computer interaction researcher with background in behaviour science. Between 2016-2018, Payal worked at Plymouth University's Peninsula Medical School as a Technology Enhanced Learning Research Fellow, collaborating with Digital Horizons on review and evaluations of immersive VR interventions within healthcare education and training. In 2019, Payal worked as a Research Fellow with Falmouth University's Games Academy, while pursuing gamified VR research with Digital Horizons TSDFT.
Oliver Colbourne-Laight
Immersive Technologies Specialist
bio coming soon
Dr Matt Halkes
Clinical Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation & Consultant Anaesthetist
Matt provide leadership on the creation of organisational culture and best practice systems and processes that enable value to be captured from innovative ideas (arising from either within or outside the Trust) that will improve the delivery of health and social care. A particular focus is the role that digital media technologies, such as video and immersive virtual reality, can play in enabling the transformation of clinical pathways of care and the training of healthcare professionals. Matt's role is to ensure that the outputs meet the needs of the health and care system and are robustly evaluated. Making connections with regional, national and international innovation networks is an important aspect of this role and brings knowledge of innovation methodologies and approaches that are applicable to healthcare (and more specifically the NHS environment) into the Trust and for the team.
Dr Tod Guest
Clinical Advisor & Consultant Anaesthetist
Tod is the Trust's current Clinical Service Lead for Intensive Care and acts as a clinical advisor to the Immersive technologies team for a number of our projects, including the virtual rehab bike for ICU, TEREMA group training and VR communication training workshops. Tod's presence on the team ensures any interventions and studies are conducted sensitively and are clinically relevant, with the correct approaches and considerations in place. Tod is particularly vital to the team where we are looking at patient facing use of virtual reality or human factors considerations, drawing on wealth of experience as a clinician but also from his experience in simulation practice.
Prof. Robert Stone
Human Factors & Technology Advisor
Robert (Bob) Stone holds a Chair in Interactive Multimedia Systems within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team. He graduated from University College London in 1979 with a BSc in Psychology, and in 1981 with an MSc in Ergonomics. Bob also currently holds the position of Visiting Professor in Simulation Psychology within the University of Plymouth. Bob adopts a very pragmatic approach to Human Factors research and he regularly spends time conducting observational studies in the field with subject matter experts in order to ensure the relevancy and impact of any research he and his students undertake.
Prof Dr. Michael Punt
Academic & Research Advisor
Michael Punt is a Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth. He is the founding convenor of Transtechnology Research which has a constituency of 20 international doctoral, post-doctoral and visiting researchers (including Nick). He is an international co- editor for Leonardo and Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews that publishes in excess of 150 reviews each year on science technology and the arts. He is a member of the AHRC Strategic Reviewers Group and is a reviewer and panel member for AHRC and EPSRC, the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as for funding agencies, in USA, Canada, Portugal and the European Commission. He is also a member of the UK JHEP advisory board on cultural heritage.