Press Release

The sensory technology company, OM Interactive, has won the Outstanding Dementia Product category in the 9th National Dementia Care Awards 2018.

Anna Park, Care Consultant at OM Interactive said:

“We feel honoured that the valuable contribution our Mobii magic surface interactive table is making in Care has been recognised in this way.  Stimulating and engaging those living with dementia in meaningful person-centred activities is so important in care homes, centres and hospital settings across the UK.

Our dedicated team of engineers and designers have used all of their combined talents to create a product that is fully mobile with rich and varied activities that can be used anywhere from bedsides to floors and dining tables. An engaging resource for people at all stages of dementia, their families and those who live and work with them. We love what we do and this will encourage us to keep delivering the very best in interactive experiences for all ages and abilities”

For more information on our Mobii magic surface system please visit or call 01442 215555

Winners of the National Dementia Care Awards were presented with their trophies by host MP Hazel Blears at the high-profile Gala Night held on Thursday, 8th November at the Hilton Brighton Metropole attended by over 450 guests.

From left to right MP Hazel Blears, Andy Park Head of Technical Development at OMI, Mark Gilbert Designer of the Mobii magic surface Product at OMI, Anna Park Care Consultant & Mobii magic surface Content Developer at OMI and Laura Steward of Four Seasons Health Care who sponsored the award.

About the Awards:

The National Dementia Care Awards is an annual event organised by The Journal of Dementia Care, a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community. The awards were created to recognise the very best people in the dementia care sector, whose exceptional work and contributions make better, person-centred care a reality. There were 16 categories to enter overall and there were four or five finalists in each category with two independent judges. For more information and all categories, please visit

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interactive play to speed up recovery

Speeding up recovery with interactive play

Case Study: Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (BCH) provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families. One of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, the BCH carries out internationally renowned research and development in many clinical areas including childhood cancer, nutrition, growth and metabolism; infant brain tumours; and studies into the efficacy, safety and optimisation of drug use in children.

With a 280 bed capacity for in-patients and day-cases, as well as an emergency department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year, the hospital is a very busy place and Jane Cotterill, Renal Services Manager on Ward 1, is always looking out for opportunities to provide the children in her care with new activities that they could do by themselves that would help with their recovery and stimulate them into doing more exercise.

Birmingham Children's Hospital

After visiting the OM Interactive (OMi) stand at the Naidex show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre, Jane was convinced that OMi’s interactive systems were just what they needed on the ward and that they could deliver really good benefits for her patients: “The systems offered something completely different to anything I’d seen before and one of the immediate attractions was that the kids would get a really exciting experience but there was nothing for them to break.”

“Using the omiVista activities is exciting and such fun that the children forget all about the potential pain and are exercising without even thinking about it.”

The Renal Services ward installed the first OMi interactive projection system, omiVista in its play area in 2009 and it has been used every day since. Jane says the system is so popular that if they haven’t switched it on then the children are coming to them and asking them to. This in itself is a major achievement as normally many of the children just lie in bed or go for little walks around the ward: “Post–surgery, many of the children have limited mobility and are frightened to move around as they think it will hurt. Jane explains. The OMi system has really helped with this as it is a real carrot to get them out of bed, which helps to speed up their recovery as the more they move around the better. Using the system is exciting and such fun that they forget all about the potential pain and are exercising without even thinking about it.” The system is used in structured sessions with a play worker Jenny Ralph.

children using interactive floor sensory activities in Birmingham childrens hospital

“The omiVista is so intuitive and reacts to the slightest gesture or movement, it is easy for all children to play and enjoy the interactive experiences.”

However, Jane and her staff have found that one of the biggest benefits of the omiVista system is that the children can be left alone to play with it as it is completely safe. Also, as the system is so intuitive and reacts to the slightest gesture or movement, it is easy for all children to play and enjoy the interactive experiences.

Of all of the activities that the ward provides for the children, Jane believes the OMi interactive system is the best: “Even though we were excited about the systems when we saw them at Naidex we did have a few doubts about how they would work in reality but those doubts have been completely dispelled. We are really impressed with our interactive projection system and our expectations have been completely exceeded.”

omiVista interactive sensory floor projection in BCH sensory room

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has installed three omiVista install interactive projection systems to provide interactive play activities throughout the hospital. To find out more about how OMi’s interactive sensory projection systems can improve the quality of care in hospitals or schools contact us or arrange a demonstration.