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Independent Provider Of Specialist Neurological Rehabilitation Services

Research & Clinical Development

In the provision of its educational and research services, Hobbs collaborates with many interested parties, including independent and commercial partners, private insurers and other commercial partners, the NHS, charitable organizations, universities, and other academic bodies.

Over its 14-year history, Hobbs has built its industry-leading market position by establishing:

The largest national independent sector specialist therapy team.

Close working relationships with NHS/CCGs, 3rd sector as well as independent and insurance markets. 

National recognition for clinical excellence.

Application of cutting-edge technology within clinical practice.

Collaborative design and product development processes as a “technology broker for neurorehabilitation” with industry and commercial companies.

Clinical research programs and collaborations with Winchester, Portsmouth, UWE, Bournemouth, Reading, Imperial College and Southampton Universities. 

Robust relationships with NHS, Fortisnet network, SEHTA and NIHR and NHS England, Innovate UK. 

National links within therapy networks such as INPA, ACPIN, SCIRN and BBTA.

Hobbs at the forefront of Stroke Recovery Research and Development 2020 - 2023

Hobbs is working as part of a multi partner 3 year cross channel project, AiBle, which is being led by the University of Portsmouth. 

EU Interreg AiBle Human-Robot Interaction for Rehabilitation Webinar

Join Hobbs Rehabilitation and our partners for the latest EU Interreg AiBle project webinar on Human-Robot Interaction for Rehabilitation. REGISTER HERE

The workshop's objective is for delegates to listen to range of presentations from our International speakers from UK, China & Italy and to create a discussion platform on intersections between the fields of rehabilitation, robotics, and human-computer/robot interaction.

Date: Tuesday 29th June 2021

Times: 09:00 – 12:20 (BST)

Cost: Free of charge

Webinar platform:  Zoom

Meeting ID: 890 2266 3835

Passcode: 317673


UK Time

FR Time

Webinar Programme  

Programme de webinaires  

09:00 – 09:10

10:00 – 10:10


Welcome and Introduction to AiBle

Zhaojie Ju, University of Portsmouth (UK)


Accueil et Introduction à AiBle

Zhaojie Ju, University of Portsmouth, (UK)

09:10 – 09:55

10:10 - 10:55

Design and Control of Wearable Robot and Unmanned System 

Prof Zhijun Li, Uni. of Sci. & Tech. of China (China) & Dr Hang Su, Politecnico di Milano, (Italy)


Conception et contrôle d'un robot portable et d'un système sans pilote

Prof Zhijun Li, Univ. of Sci. & Tech. of China, (China)& Dr Hang Su Politecnico di Milano, (Italy)

09:55 – 10:40

10:55 – 11:40

Non-invasive versus Invasive Brain-Computer Interfaces

Dr Dingguo Zhang, Bath University, (UK)


Interfaces cerveau-ordinateur non invasives et invasives

Dr Dingguo Zhang, Bath University (UK)

10:40 – 10:50

11:40 – 11:50

Screen Break




10:50 – 11:35

11:50 – 12:35


Motor intention decoding from sEMG for natural human-robot 


Prof. Qin Zhang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, (China)


Décodage de l'intention motrice à partir du sEMG pour l'interaction naturelle

Prof. Qin Zhang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, (China)


11:35 – 12:20

12:35 – 13:20

Assessment of Fatigue in Robot-Mediated Upper Limb Interactions Using EEG

Dr Udeshika Dissanayake, University of Portsmouth, (UK)


Évaluation de la fatigue dans les interactions entre robots et membres supérieurs à l'aide de l'EEG

Dr Udeshika Dissanayake, University of Portsmouth, (UK)

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The AiBle Project

Hobbs Rehabilitation is a partner alongside the Lead Partner University of Portsmouth and the other 8 partners, SEHTA, University of Picardie Jules Verne, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, University Hospital of Brest, Bournemouth University, CC Initiative Ltd & BA Healthcare, announce that we are part of a new INTERREG project to support the improvement of the recovery experience of stroke patients in South of England and Northern France.

AiBle is a 3-year UK/France cross-border EU Interreg project to improve the recovery experience of stroke patients with better treatment effects and efficiency by developing an upper-limb rehabilitation exoskeleton robot based on AI and cloud computing.

The total amount of EU Financial Funding received is: €4,875,139.99 of which €3,333,849.26 has been co-financed by the European Regional Development Funds 

Hobbs Rehabilitation est partenaire aux côtés du Chef de file de l'Université de Portsmouth et des 8 autres partenaires, SEHTA, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Commission française des énergies alternatives et de l'énergie atomique, Hôpital universitaire de Brest, Université de Bournemouth, CC Initiative Ltd & BA Healthcare que nous font partie d'un nouveau projet INTERREG pour soutenir l'amélioration de l'expérience de récupération des patients victimes d'un AVC dans le sud de l'Angleterre et le nord de la France.

AiBle est un projet européen Interreg transfrontalier de 3 ans entre le Royaume-Uni et la France visant à améliorer l’expérience de rééducation des patients victimes d’un AVC avec des meilleurs traitements et une meilleure efficacité en développant un robot de type exosquelette de rééducation des membres supérieurs basé sur l’IA et le Cloud Computing. 

Le montant total du financement financier de l'UE reçu est de: 4,875 139,99 € dont 3,333 849,26 € cofinancés par le Fonds européen de développement régional.


This project aims to develop a new generation of exoskeleton robot that will benefit stroke patients by providing advanced functionality that will enable remote but active rehabilitation. This will be achieved by the integration of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and cloud computing. The project will introduce novel sensors to recognise post-stroke patients’ motion intention. The signals collected from the patients will be sent to a cloud-based data processing centre where the centralised database based on AI service will be accessed by all functional units. 

This will guide the robot movements, monitor the patient’s progress and can be used to provide expert assistance remotely. The project will have a virtual reality interface for performing activities of daily living which will be trialled on stroke patients and can be used in addition to conventional therapy to increase treatment intensity for improved recovery.


The focus is to provide more engaging rehabilitation with a new generation of upper limb exoskeleton to improve efficiency and provide additional intervention that has the potential to improve outcomes and independence. The objective is to benefit post-stroke patients through intensive training of activities of daily living, with the goal of reducing long term dependency and improving the cost-efficiency of treatment.

The project aims to:

  • help stroke patients to benefit from remote and active rehabilitation
  • increase the intensity and repetitions through the use of the robot which will lead to improved upper limb outcomes
  • contribute to the wellbeing of stroke patients and social care in the Channel region
  • increase the delivery and uptake of novel robot-enhanced rehabilitation for stroke patients in hospitals and rehabilitation centres

Hobbs' role is provide the clinical testing and trialling in collaboration with the French team at the Brest University Hospital Centre. We are excited to work in this important role and it is an opportunity for us to bring our own patients to the trial and enable them to use the prototype technology as well as providing much needed data. Here we are seen collecting the EMG data needed from one of 30 patients.

We are providing the clinical relevance to the cloud engineering team so that we have the relevant data which will mean that the robot is a meaningful rehabilitation tool.  We also are working with the engineers building the robot to advise on patient specificity; positioning, stability, weight of a typical arm affected by stroke etc. 

Because we have a lot of experience working with a vast array of neurotechnology and many devices across a number of years, we are able to add unrivalled value to the project. Our depth and breadth of knowledge as clinicians working with patients using VR games as part of their rehabilitation also enables us to inform the project with real examples and feedback from clinicans and patients which will help in the design of the games themselves, bringing functional relevance and ensuring the games are meaningful and engaging to patients.

More information here and please visit the dedicated website for more.


Nicky Ellis and Helen Hobbs, Founder-Directors, visit Ability Lab, Chicago

Our Directors recently visited Ability Lab, Chicago USA to explore the specialist neurological rehab, research and technology options. As leaders for clinical excellence in its field, Hobbs is passionate to direct and change the future model of how neurorehabilitation is delivered to improve results and patient outcomes.

Hobbs seeks to take the concept of neurorehabilitation to a new level combining the use of specialist hands-on therapy with cutting edge technology, emerging pharmacology, and stem cell therapy.  To this end, Hobbs plans to create a flagship, purpose-built, centre of excellence.  This facility will not only deliver clinical excellence but also be a centre for the design and development for innovative cutting-edge technology and clinical research.

Hobbs aims to create a unique environment where engineers, clinicians, and biomedical engineers can work alongside each other to both identify and provide solutions to relevant clinical dilemmas with true patient engagement.

Latest Clinical Development news at Hobbs 

Paper published in Frontiers in Neurology, Dec 2020

Frontiers In Neurology is the world's most cited Neuroscience journal: "Rehabilitation Before and After Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (AHSCT) for Patients With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)" 

Case Study EksoBionics Exoskeleton

Hobbs is a top EksoGT training site and as such is asked by developers to trial and run case studies on the latest in neuro technology. Read the Case Study here

Published Paper in The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine: 

Effects of robotic-assisted gait training on the central vascular health of individuals with spinal cord injury: A pilot study


Hobbs contributed to research into the provision of Physiotherapy for adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) run by Brunel University. The questionnaire was entitled 'The Views and Perspectives of Adults with Cerebral Palsy About Physiotherapy' and aims to understand Physiotherapy services from the perspective of adults with CP.  

MyoPro Patient Trials a success, USA clinical team joined us for a week-long opportunity to trial the only device in the UK.  Press Release

Ectron Limited joined us for a day at MINT (Masterclass In Neuro Technology), a milestone in our clinical education offering. The Pablo Tyrosolution for upper limb and the Eksobionic Exoskeleton for lower limb.  A full exploration of their use in clinical practice was enjoyed by all (see photos below) 

Hobbs Rehabilitation is part of a Specialist Clinical Independent Rehabilitation Network (SCIRN). Working with the Police, Fire Brigade, Armed Services and Injured Jockey Fund. This Specialist Group is sharing good practice for rehabilitation and writing
clinical guidelines for best practice. Hobbs is the clinical lead for neurorehabilitation within the group.

The forum is an arena where specialist rehabilitation organisations can:

  • Establish and improve clinical standards
  • Share common issues and support each other with problem solving
  • Provide peer support and review
  • Share, skills, knowledge and information
  • Create opportunities for staff and service development

By focussing on each patient's physical, psychological, and environmental needs a well managed rehabilitation program can often reverse many disabling conditions, thus helping patients cope with deficits which cannot be reversed by medical care alone.

We are working with BUPA to offer intensive rehabilitation packages within the community setting.  This is a new initiative, the goal is for Hobbs to develop a national network of specialist providers. The providers will be affiliated to Hobbs ensuring a quality service.

We have a LiteGait trainer based in Winchester with a fully trained therapy team and we have recently agreed to run National training courses.  
We are also the clinical lead for the AlterG Bionic Leg in the UK and Europe and are providing a National training service for this too.  

We have links with Winchester and Southampton Universities and are currently working with an American company in collaboration with the NHS to research the use of the bionic leg in both the acute hospital setting, the sub acute rehabilitation setting and the more long term community benefits. Additionally, we are hoping to achieve Nice guidelines approval soon.
We are also designing a protocol for a PhD study on the Eksobionics skeleton.    ​

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