Mental Illness Prevention
How do we prevent the development of mental health problems and get help earlier for children, young people, adults and older adults starting to suffer poor mental wellbeing?  

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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
A journey onto the hills and into recovery.
Overview of Innovation:
The Shropshire Wild Teams utilises Shropshire's amazing landscapes to engage with some of the county's most marginalised and isolated people, the majority of whom are experiencing mental health problems and/or have learning disabilities. The project works with statutory mental health services and other health and care agencies, alongside environmental conservation services; to provide holistic health promotion and learning opportunities for participants that is based on research evidence of eco-therapy.
Each week, four separate teams located across the county visit a different location, to carry out conservation tasks for a variety of environmental partners. The teams are active all year round. The work carried out by the teams is exactly the same as that carried out by environmental professionals and has real value for the wide variety of habitats and the people that visit them, and of course the volunteers themselves. As well as conservation work, the teams also learnt bush craft, navigation and map reading skills and wildlife surveys.
The project is co-ordinated by two members of staff; one from an environmental background and the other from a mental health background. The programme is client centred and individual volunteers receive support to develop skills and confidence to achieve their personal goals.
Stage of Development:
Evaluation stage - Representative model or prototype system developed and can be effectively evaluated
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
NHS mental health service professionals in Shropshire report an absence of healthy living, social networking and vocational opportunities available to their client groups (many of whom live in rural areas);The Shropshire Wild Teams programme provides all of the above. Staff overwhelmingly report on the positive outcomes attributed to engaging in the teams, such as reduction in substance misuse, self harm and social withdrawal. Staff also report on the reduction in home visits required for individuals engaging in the programme and in some cases discharge from services.
Initial Review Rating
3.80 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The benefits to the West Midlands population include reduced costs of maintenance and improvement of access to a wide range of countryside parks and reserves, the programme also reduces the societal costs for long term health care of those experiencing severe and chronic mental health problems. The wider community, when visiting these sites will also improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
Current and planned activity: 
We currently engage with community mental health services throughout Shropshire, as well as a number of other health care agencies including those supporting people with learning disabilities. We are also part of the new social prescribing scheme being set up around Shropshire. The planned activity includes increasing exposure to professions and services, to become an integral part of care pathways for NHS teams around the county.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Shropshire Council's  Outdoor Partnership Team
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
2
Regional Scalability:
Shropshire Wild Teams continues to expand and embed itself within statutory mental health services and other health care agencies, with a long term goal of rolling out the model county wide as an established care pathway resource.
Measures:
Current outcomes are positive impacts on individual recovery journeys; from a reduction in the need for health care interventions, an increase in social engagement and physical activity, to new opportunities in training and employment. These outcomes are currently being measured through qualitative feedback of participants and supporting health care professionals, as well as adopting relevant measurement categories within the National Social Value Charter.
Adoption target:
The target for adoption would be the evidence of the project's effectiveness in supporting positive recovery outcomes for service users of the county's mental health services. The minimum viability levels would be an established and ongoing referral pathway resourced by all relevant mental health teams. 
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
ProReal was built using 3D gaming technology, this evidence-based immersive platform helps people create a visual representation of how they experience a situation so they can explore different perspectives, visualise futures & solve problems
Overview of Innovation:
ProReal’s innovative technology provides its users (clients, service users, patients) with a safe, secure & confidential visual way to describe how they experience the world. With support & facilitation users can label strong feelings & name issues, as well as articulate hopes & concerns all of which are critical for building resilience & supporting recovery.

Independent research shows that the use of the software is associated with emotional & cognitive responses, reductions in psychological distress & building of empathy & insight.

The ProReal platform helps people create a visual representation of how they experience a situation so they can explore different perspectives, visualise futures & solve problems. Clients enter a secure, virtual landscape & add avatars & props to create representations of real-world scenarios.

Clients experience increased self-awareness & rapid empathy building leading to improved relationships. Costs are reduced by enabling faster & more effective change & communication without the need to travel. Its use is associated with significant reductions in stress & self-criticism & is being used by a growing number of health & social care organisations.


ProReal features:
  • Avatars: unlimited number of avatars available
  • Symbols: a selection of symbols/props to represent various aspects of a client’s world (eg elephant, minefield, clock, mirror etc)
  • Environment & sessions: naming function provides meaning & context
  • Views & functionality: views from avatars & roaming camera provides different perspectives
ProReal benefits:
  • Faster & more effective change
  • Actionable insight
  • Reduces costs
  • Increases self-awareness, self-confidence & self-expression
  • Increases engagement
  • Associated with reductions in stress & self-criticism
  • More effective communication of vision, priorities & values
  • Rapid empathy building & improved relationships & trust
  • Convenient
  • Secure, password protected login & encrypted data

ProReal continues to work with clinicians & academics & in particular NIHR MindTech to explore the use of its software with a range of disorders & clients including adults with personality disorder, young people with anxiety, depression, trauma & eating disorders.

Our product development is underpinned by extensive & ongoing clinical & corporate research & end-user input.

This means the benefits of our software are evidence-based by independent & rigourous evaluation & meet the needs of our users. Discover more about our evidence-base here.


 
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
£9.49 billion was planned to be spent by CCGs on mental health services in 2016/17 – up from £9.15 billion in 2015/16. This amounts to 13.1% of planned CCG spending, up from 12.5% in 2015.16 Figures for individual CCG areas can be found using NHS England’s Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard.  This does not account for all spending on mental health services, because specialised mental health commissioning is the responsibility of NHS England rather than CCGs.
 
Independent research shows that the use of the software is associated with emotional and cognitive responses, reductions in psychological distress and building of empathy and insight.
 
ProReal tailors its services to a wide range of organisations and service user needs to help them to find the right digital solution to accelerate change and improve engagement.
 
ProReal’s avatar-based therapy is a flexible and cost-effective solution. Having completed two research studies funded by SBRI Healthcare (an NHS England funded initiative to develop products that address unmet health needs) it has been proven to be effective with adults and young people. Click here for more information. As at March 2018, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are using/have commissioned ProReal for use with service users.
 
The software has been designed to be very easy to use - most clients learn how to use it in the first 5-10 minutes. For those using it with others in their work, most people require 15-20 hours of training, much of which is practice time. Online training is delivered via three webinars, reading material, reflective practice/assignment work and a formal assessment at the end. Face-to-face training is also offered for groups.
 
A suitable laptop or desktop computer (Windows or Mac are fine), an unrestricted internet connection and permission to install the software on your device is required. ProReal can be accessed 24/7 online via a secure login providing flexibility, convenience and increased access for clients to do self-help online.
 
ProReal provides many benefits from accelerated insight to better engagement of all which help to reduce costs.

Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
There are an estimated 4.032 million people in 2014–15 living in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The population is culturally diverse with over 22% from Black & Asian Minority Ethnic communities, ranging from 2.3% in Cannock Chase to 42% in Birmingham.
 
Nearly a quarter of adults living in the WMCA are experiencing a mental health problem at any one time. The risks of poor mental health are not uniformly distributed across the WMCA population. They are influenced by social, economic & physical environmental factors & social inequalities in particular.
 
The aggregate economic & social cost of mental health problems in the WMCA is estimated at around £12.6 billion in 2014–15 equivalent to a cost of about £3,100 per head of population.
 
Mental ill health is estimated to cost the NHS nearly £2 billion a year in the WMCA. Only about half of this represents the direct costs of treatment & care for people with diagnosable mental health problems. The other half arises mainly because large numbers of people with long-term physical conditions such as diabetes & asthma, also suffer from depression or anxiety & this greatly increases the costs of physical health care.
 
Following the successes of the use of our software in commercial settings we had long been of the opinion that it could be beneficial in a healthcare capacity as well. To begin our investigation of this theory we secured funding from NHS England’s SBRI Healthcare programme as part of their initiative to find new technology solutions to unmet mental healthcare needs. This ‘Phase 1’ contract allowed us to conduct a pilot study using the ProReal software with a small group of adult offenders who were residents of a therapeutic wing of a category B prison in the north of England.
 
Over the course of 7 weeks our therapeutic intervention at this Serco managed prison consisted of 6, hour-long, group sessions lead by a qualified counsellor on the prison staff who we trained in the use of the ProReal software.
 
Results indicated that using our software improved participants’ capacity to elicit emotional responses & initiate further cognitive processing – both fundamental aspects of improved mental health. The study also produced good preliminary indications that using the ProReal software helps reduce psychological distress & improve general wellbeing. In addition participants reported enhanced levels of self-expression, new insights, development of empathy & the ability to build stronger relationships.
 


Current and planned activity: 
We would like to connect with the WMAHSN Mental Health Innovation Network to help to drive the adoption of ProReal across the region.
 
If you would like copies of our completed evaluation reports or to find out about our ongoing research please contact us.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
2
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David Tinker 23/03/2018 - 17:23 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
To raise awareness of mental health issues in the younger generation by creating educational games and apps that are fun, interesting and engaging.
Overview of Innovation:
To create a digital learning experience on a mobile phone to raise awareness of potential mental health issues around money and negative effects of debt.

We can create beposke applications that appeal to a the younger generation and look to impart learning objectives in a fun and informal method.

It has been documented there is a link between games a positive effect on a persons mental health so we are exploring how our expertise in learning, gaming and app creatation can be used in this sector.
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Education, training and future workforce / Digital health / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
Cost effective solution to create a bespoke application that connect with their intended audience.
 
Initial Review Rating
2.20 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Our solution is based around the requirements of WM and be created in the appropriate timescale.
Current and planned activity: 
We work with the NHS on bespoke learning solutions using technology where appropriate and are looking to increase our partnership through further projects.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
The game mechanics of the app will remain IP of Unicorn. The content belows to WM
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Joe Birri 12/02/2018 - 14:05 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Unique evidence-based app that teaches doctors & nurses to manage stress & avoid burnout. Designed specifically for, and with, NHS staff. The efficacy of Working Stress was proved by a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) with 227 NHS doctors in 2016.
Overview of Innovation:
Being a doctor or nurse can be extremely challenging and the negative effects of work-related stress are significant. They affect patient safety, sickness absence and job satisfaction. However, staff can learn to manage stress and develop resilience if they are given effective and practical support to acquire these skills.

Working Stress is a unique evidence-based App that offers this vital support, it teaches individuals to manage stress, grief and avoid burnout. Working Stress was developed specifically for NHS staff by leading psychologists in consultation with practicing doctors. Efficacy of the underlying interventions was proved by a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) with 227 NHS doctors in 2016:

Reduces:
  • Psychological symptoms such as anxiety, psychiatric morbidity and emotional exhaustion
  • Physical symptoms such as insomnia and changed eating habits
  • Maladaptive coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drug use
Increases:
  • Positive ways of coping with stress such as emotional support and humour
Working Stress offers clinicians 2 modules
  1. Managing Stress & Burnout – relevant to all clinical staff
  2. Dealing with Patients’ Death – for those particularly affected by the death of patients
A single 15-minute interaction with the App is effective. No other commitment is required. If Effectiveness = Adherence x Efficacy Working Stress is perfect for busy professionals and their employers.

The App works on any mobile device or PC. When offered to all clinical staff in a Trust, it can reduce the incidence of workplace stress across the organisation. Deploying Working Stress in a Trust is fast and efficient and the benefits are realised rapidly. Working Stress is a cost-effective way for the NHS to reduce workplace stress and its consequences. 

The benefits for individual clinicians are clear, the benefits for employers are potentially significant; healthy employees are more productive and provide a better and safer quality of care. Doctors who completed Working Stress in the RCT evaluated their organisation more favourably, saying that they receive the respect they deserve and that salary and work prospects are adequate.

Working Stress is an immediate intervention that teaches individuals to recognise and manage their own stress more effectively. No customisation is required and Working Stress is easy to deploy, easy-to-use, anonymous and cost-effective. It can be used during formal induction programmes for new employees and with existing staff at any time
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Work related stress accounted for 43% of all lost working days in 2014/2015 (Buckley, 2015; Beheshtifar & Nazarian, 2013). 37% of National Health Service (NHS) staff reported feeling unwell due to stress and pressure at work (The Picker Institute & National Health Service, 2015). Moreover, Goodwin et al. (2013) meta-analysis revealed a much higher percentage of health care professionals and NHS staff were suffering from a common mental disorder (psychiatric morbidity; 32%) compared with general population (19.1%).

Poor occupational health in the NHS is costly and puts patient safety at risk. For example, Boorman (2009) calculated that better staff health might be associated with up to a million extra working days a year and could save approximately £13.7 million a year to NHS as a whole. The cost of sickness absence alone has been estimated at £2.4 billion a year.

80% of NHS staff admit that their state of health has an impact on a patient’s care (Boorman, 2009). A number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses showed that occupational health is negatively linked to a patient’s care, satisfaction and safety outcomes (Boorman, 2009; Edwards, Burnard, Park, MPhil, & Edwards, 2003; Hall, Johnson, Watt, Tsipa, & O’Connor, 2016; Nahrgang, Morgeson, & Hofmann, 2011), leads to lower job satisfaction, poorer performance, work-life imbalance (Edwards et al., 2003), intention to leave an organisation and earlier retirement (Buckley, 2015; Taylor et al., 2007).

Our academic partners, Dr Caroline Kamau and Asta Medisauskaite, published Prevalence of oncologists in distress: Systematic review and meta‐analysis assessing occupational distress among oncologists. Their analyses showed that:
  • Up to 69% feel stressed at work
  • Up to 51% positive for depression
  • Up to 44% have sleep problems
  • 32% have a high level of burnout
  • 27% have psychiatric morbidity
In response to their own research Kamau & Medisauskaite designed 3 simple online interventions to help reduce levels of occupational distress and burnout. These interventions were tested with a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) Occupational Distress in Doctors: The Effect of an Induction Programme. The participating doctors (n=227) came from a range of specialities and seniority, including consultants. The Working Stress app has been built around these 3 interventions. The potential benefits are clear.
 
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The impact of occupational health for the wider NHS and its patients have been investigated and documented. The potential benefits of improving occupational health for the wider NHS are clear. It can be assumed that the WM would derive identical benefits if Working Stress were offered to NHS clinical staff in the WM.

A number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses showed that occupational health is negatively linked to a patient’s care, satisfaction and safety outcomes (Boorman, 2009; Edwards, Burnard, Park, MPhil, & Edwards, 2003; Hall, Johnson, Watt, Tsipa, & O’Connor, 2016; Nahrgang, Morgeson, & Hofmann, 2011), leads to lower job satisfaction, poorer performance, work-life imbalance (Edwards et al., 2003), intention to leave an organisation and earlier retirement (Buckley, 2015; Taylor et al., 2007).

Poor occupational health in the NHS is costly. For example, Boorman (2009) calculated that better staff health might be associated with up to a million extra working days a year and could save approximately £13.7 million a year to NHS as a whole. The cost of sickness absence alone has been estimated at £2.4 billion a year.
Current and planned activity: 
Discussions about the Working Stress app are ongoing with NHS England, NHS Innovation, NHS Employers, NHS Resolution, MIND and a growing number of individual NHS trusts.

Working Stress is being offered to the clinical, occupational health and finance leadership within targetted NHS trusts. The intention is to create ongoing commercial relationships with NHS trusts whereby Working Stress is offered to all frontline doctors and nurses in a single programme to address immediate issues. Working Stress would then be added to formal inductions for all new staff members and also for existing staff who are facing a significant change their professional personal circumstances. Long-term sustained cultural change is the objective. 

NHS Practitioner Health Programme has confirmed a formal partnership and is working with Focus Games Ltd to develop a face-to-face group intervention to complement the Working Stress app. This is a board game.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Intellectual property is wholly owned by Focus Games Ltd, the developers of Working Stress.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
medium
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
Regional Scalability:
The app is very scalable. It can be easily deployed anywhere in the world.
Measures:
For individual clinicians the proven benefits of using Working Stress are:

Reduce:
  • Psychological symptoms; anxiety, psychiatric morbidity and emotional exhaustion
  • Physical symptoms; insomnia and changed eating habits
  • Negative coping mechanisms; alcohol and drug use
  • Root causes of Chronic Embitterment
Increase:
  • Positive coping mechanisms; emotional support and humour
  • Improved perception of employer and working conditions
The benefits for NHS employers, and wider society, are reasonably well-documented regarding reduced staff absenteeism, staff turnover and patient safety risks.
 
Adoption target:
Ideally all employers will recognise the benefits but this will take time. In year 1 we would aim to have 4 medium sized West Midlands Trusts contracted.
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':

My Possible Self is a digital self-help programme with exclusive content that is clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression after just eight weeks.
Overview of Innovation:
My Possible Self, which has been delivering emotional health and wellbeing services since 2009, is launching a digital self-help programme, using content which is clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression after just eight weeks. 
The application uses clinically proven content adapted from the myCompass online programme developed by the internationally recognised, Black Dog Institute (BDI) in Australia, linked with the University of New South Wales. The institute is globally renowned as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness and the promotion of wellbeing. 
The BDI content has been clinically proven to reduce depression, stress and anxiety in just eight weeks, based on the Australian equivalent of the PHQ and GAD-7 questionnaires. This outcome supports the objectives of the Future in Mind, Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and Mental Health System Strategy Board (Birmingham) ‘Getting it Right, First Time: Prevention of Mental Illness’ strategies, which together aim to improve resilience, mental ill-health prevention, early intervention and accessibility.  
The application supports real-time self-monitoring of mental health symptoms across three core areas – problem thoughts, feelings and behaviours – and provides 24/7 access to evidence-based, skill-building modules and other self-help resources.  These are made up of cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, problem-solving therapy and positive psychology tools. The user journey is personalised according to the responses. 
It will be launched into the App Store, Google Play and online in September 2017.
We gave a demonstration of the prototype to Norman Lamb MP, the former health and care minister. He said: “Digital innovations in mental health care have massive potential, and this is an app that uses clinically proven forms of therapy. I am confident that My Possible Self can help people to improve their mental wellbeing, come through difficult times, and improve their overall quality of life. It could also help to reduce reliance on NHS services which we all know are under strain. It is exactly the sort of preventive measure we should be looking at.”
My Possible Self can help prevent the development of mental health problems and get help earlier for young people, adults and older adults starting to suffer poor mental wellbeing. 
 
Stage of Development:
Close to market - Prototype near completion and final form may require additional validation/evaluation and all CE marking and regulatory requirements are in place
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Digital health / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:

My Possible Self is based on content that is clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression after just eight weeks. As such, it can support the range of initiatives at a national, regional and local levels to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Importantly, My Possible Self can ease pressure on short-term Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT) services. 

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health notes the NHS needs a far more proactive and preventative approach to reduce the long-term impact for people experiencing mental health problems and for their families, and to reduce costs for the NHS and emergency services. My Possible Self offers NHS commissioners and service providers the opportunity to deploy at scale an accessible and personalised digital self-help programme to increase resilience, prevention and early intervention. 

The Future in Mind strategy aims to provide better support for young people experiencing mental health problems. My Possible Self is based on content for those aged 18 and over. The company would be delighted to have the opportunity to work with commissioners service providers, education and other organisations working with children and young people in the West Midlands to co-design an application for younger groups.  

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s April 2017 report on the prevention of mental illness calls for a model of care that is measurable, effective, scalable and achievable. My Possible Self meets this challenge with a tried-and-tested and personalised digital self-help tool. 

My Possible Self will help the NHS to use its limited resources more effectively, allowing commissioners and service providers to focus their efforts on people who need help the most. It can also be a useful asset for NHS employers to support the wellbeing of staff and contractors. 
 
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Benefit to WM population:

The West Midlands population suffers worse-than-average mental health. The National Psychiatric Morbidity Survey identified 23.8 per cent of all adults in the region with some kind of mental health problem, compared with 23 per cent in England.

According to the University of Birmingham, as well as the social cost of poor mental health, there is an economic price to be paid. Mental health problems cost the region an aggregate of £12.6bn in 2015.

Research has shown that mental health issues costs UK employers nearly £26bn per year - or just over £1,000 for every employee in the workforce. Giving staff access to MPS could improve staff productivity, reduce absenteeism and lower staff turnover.

My Possible Self can offer hope and practical help to those suffering from anxiety, stress and mild-to-moderate depression, by providing a personalised digital self-help programme based on content that is clinically proven to improve conditions within eight weeks. 

Investing in My Possible Self will generate social and economic returns for communities in the West Midlands. 
Current and planned activity: 

My Possible Self is preparing to launch its digital self-help programme via mobile app and browser experience in September 2017.  The company is keen to work with NHS commissioners, service providers, education, third sector organisations and employers of all shapes and sizes in the West Midlands to establish My Possible Self as a force for good in the region.

It was founded in 2009 by Joanne Wilkinson whose daughters Hana and Fleur have now joined the business.  They are passionate about helping as many people as possible. 
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
My Possible Self has exclusive licence of the Black Dog Institute's underlying research materials (in which the BDI own the intellectual property) and has developed its own web/phone app, in which it owns the branding and the copyright.
 


 
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Our Game Based Learning platform, could be easily deployed to support the WM Mental Health community - parents, carers, teachers, clinical staff, in early recognition, intervention and prevention, especially for early intervention of young people.
Overview of Innovation:
Our Game Based Learning platform has a unique difference over 'other' digital / serious games providers. Our platform provides the ability to easily change, update and amend game experiences, so that any investment in an experience is extended to address an organisations ever changing requirements. Our platform allows a Game Based Learning experience to be developed in under 10 days and can be changed / updated in minutes. The platform is available 'locally' or in the Cloud and can be deployed on Tablets, PCs or via the Internet. We have already successfully worked with and developed a number of games within the Healthcare Industry - namely around the subject of 'Stop the Pressure' - Pressure Ulcer training for Tissue Viability professionals.

We believe that our Game Based Learning platform could be deployed to assist the Mental Health community to drive communication, early intervention and help with prevention of Mental Health - especially within the area of young people, as a Game Based Learning experience is un-intrusive, engaging and enjoyable, thus suiting the demographics for the younger generation.

Game Based Learning, provides an engaging conduit to deliver knowledge in an enjoyable format, games generally result in players relaxing and engaging in the defined subject. This creates a learning platform that is open to all levels of intelligence and education, providing an level playing field for the overall audience.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Mental Health: recovery, crisis and prevention / Long term conditions: a whole system, person-centred approach / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The 'Future in Mind' report commissioned by the NHS, clearly discusses the benefits of early intervention relating to mental health, especially for the younger population. To achieve early intervention successfully, the whole 'mental health' community must be involved - peers, parents, teachers, friends, professionals etc. Applio believes that a proof of concepts - Game Based Learning experience, would greatly assist in breaking down the barriers in the 'openness' and 'discussions' relating to this difficult subject. Games have the ability to really engage an audience, provide an enjoyable way to discuss a subject, break down perceived barriers and drive engagement within the younger community - they are after all, already playing digital games!
Initial Review Rating
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Benefit to WM population:
Delivering a proof of concepts Games Based learning platform as a trial within the West Midlands Mental Health arena, would provide the West Midlands with the required analytics required to measure the impact of what we are proposing. Should the analytics prove to be beneficial, then the West Midlands would benefit in relation to the whole Mental Health community being able to successfully communicate, provide early intervention and improve prevention in the younger generation of the West Midlands. This could then be showcased to the greater community of the NHS.
We believe that the proof of concepts would only require approximately 20 to 25 days of time from Applio, obviously we would require input from experienced practitioners, which we estimate to be between 3 and 6 days.
Current and planned activity: 
We have already provided Game Based Learning experiences to the NHS in partnership with WMAHSN, we created two experiences relating to 'Stop The Pressure' - Pressure Ulcer training for Tissue Viability professionals. One experience was 'story' based - about a patient called Angela Smith. The other a competitive team vs. team experience that contained numerous questions and scenarios addressing the very technical issues of Pressure Ulcers. The games were played at team meetings and the feedback was excellent:

‘What a great way to learn, really enjoyable and engaging’
‘So much better and engaging that listening to a PowerPoint presentation’

Applio would recommend as next steps that we arrange in partnership with the NHS a 2hr workshop with a relevant Mental Health professional to hold initial discussions that would provide Applio with enough information to develop a 'demo' game experience, this would prove the technology and provide the foundation to drive this initiative forward.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Currently Applio is in discussions with an IP specialist firm, which is looking into the applicability of IP for our Games Based Learning platform.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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