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':
The MyCognition App is co-designed with patients and trialled with academics to monitor, prevent and treat mental well-being by measuring, monitoring and improving cognitive health.
Overview of Innovation:
Cognitive functioning (attention, episodic memory, executive function, working memory and processing speed) are tightly linked with mental health.  Research shows that cognitive deficits are significant predictors and major risk factors for mental illness e.g. depression, anxiety and stress. Poor cognitive health has a negative impact on our emotions, our coping strategies and tendency to ruminate and catastrophise. Alternatively, robust cognitive health contributes to building good psychological resilience, self-management and control, which are major protective factors for prevalent mental diseases. Cognition deficit affects all ages. It is manifest in young children and adolescents affecting school performance and mental well-being. It is also prevalent in preretirement populations where patients present with unexplained symptoms often categorised as psychosomatic.


MyCognition App provides digitally delivered assessment, cognitive training, coaching and behavioural change programmes. It is an easy to use and patient friendly app that can be used with any device. It is a fun and engaging App designed for all age groups for use in everyday settings.
The App has three programmes:
  1. MyCQ™ – a five-domain, 15 minute, cognitive assessment tool based on a clinically validated version.
  2. AquaSnap™ – a fun cognitive training tool, programmed by MyCQ to train all five cognitive domains. The training is personalised, designed to improve and boost an individual’s cognition where they have greatest need.
  3. A digitally delivered coaching programme to raise awareness of cognitive health and to educate and train people in healthy habits encouraging positive behavioural change.
The MyCognition App is a resource which patients can use remotely in their own homes, in residential stay or whilst in hospital. It is scalable across the whole patient community to support cognitive health. It can also be deployed in secondary care environments to support in-patient stays, occupational therapy and rehabilitation patients; and be recommended for use to patients entering step-down-care into the community, e.g. oncology and critical care.
 
The App also provides carers and professionals with personalised reports showing the cognitive health of individuals and of patient cohorts vs the general population, alerts on patients at risk and progression over time. We recommend patients and their family members/carers also use the App to encourage social interaction and shared experiences.
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 / Wellness and prevention of illness / Digital health / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
MyCognition offers a self-care digital solution to assess, monitor and treat mental health and well-being by addressing a person’s cognitive health. The MyCognition App improves cognitive function in as little as eight weeks and improves mental resilience and mental health symptoms across a range of mental health disorders. From studies with patients with conditions, such as Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as Parkinson’s and cancer-related cognitive impairment.
 
MyCognition is a self-care solution that patients can use remotely in their everyday lives to help address their mental well-being. It is ideal for use in patient waiting to be refereed to NHS services where is there is extended waiting time. It is also suitable for patients in residential stay. It is scalable across the whole patient community to support cognitive health in a range of disease areas. It can also be deployed in secondary care environments to support in-patient stays, occupational therapy and rehabilitation patients; and be recommended for use to patients entering step-down-care into the community, e.g. oncology and critical care.
 
Evidence
MyCognition has led five years of research in clinics and local institutions, demonstrating the validity of the assessment and training paradigms adopted and the positive outcomes on users’ cognition, mental health, and consequent quality of life. MyCognition is collaborating with major international universities and clinics, such as Amsterdam Medical Centre (NL), Maastricht UMC+ (NL), UZA Antwerp (BE), McGill University (CA), UCL and the Royal Free Hospital Children’s School in London. We are running studies with patients with different mental health conditions, such as Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as Parkinson’s disease and cancer-related cognitive impairment.
Initial Review Rating
4.00 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
MyCognition is committed to preventing and treating mental illness. Our strategy is aligned with the West Midlands Mental Health Strategy Boards recommendations in its 2017 report ‘Getting It Right First Time’ Prevention of Mental Illness. 
The 2017 Report by the West Midlands Mental Health Commission states that over 25% of the West Midlands population is suffering from mental illness. It highlights that people with an increased risk of developing mental health problems and/or for whom access to effective help is problematic are:
  • Unemployed people
  • People with long-term physical health conditions
  • Carers
  • Young children of school age*
  • Homeless people and people living in poor quality housing
  • People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people
  • People with disabilities, including learning difficulties and sensory impairments
  • Young people leaving care
  • Survivors of sexual, emotional and physical abuse
  • People experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage.
*50% of mental health problems start before the age of 14 and 75% before 18
The aggregate economic and 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. With 28% being directly attributed to care costs of the NHS and Social Services costs. The employment costs are rising and equate to £4 billion per annum with human cost accounting for £5 billion. 
MyCognition have designed its technology to be integrated with NHS healthcare, social care, educational and workplace systems to help provide accessible self-care support for populations across the West Midlands. We wish to work with stakeholders to ensure there are as many community touchpoints for MyCognitions as possible. And provide adequate prevention and triage for at risk populations so they can reduce their risk of mental health development and deterioration.
MyCognition offers low cost personalised support to help these people deal with their mental illness. Offering them the opportunity to self-care, manage and reduce their symptoms and avoid ‘crashing’ in to the NHS for more serious and costly intervention. And more importantly lead productive and fulfilled lives.
Current and planned activity: 
Current:
MyCognition is working with several AHSNs evaluating the App in various clinical scenarios & patient pathways (rep. early 2019). Plans to roll out these clinical models with AHSNs’ support across the NHS.
 
Engaged in NHS test bed wave 2 programme and in discussions to test suitability for addressing mental health & wellbeing in schools, supporting referral to CAMS and adult mental health services, treatment of medically unexplained symptoms & diabetic self-care.
 
Running UK studies with NIHR, extending evidence base for MyCognition and also contributing to the global evidence base linking cognitive, physical & mental health.

Required:
Wish to test App & Platform’s performance in several clinical settings & pathways with West Mids. partners to generate additional data & build successful business models for NHS
  • like assistance with Procurement/Adoption & contracting with CCGs
  • further studies, seeking research partners to assist in NIHR funding proposals
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
MyCognition is unique in the market place. We have full copyright of the code written for the app.

MHRA CE Marked Medical Device
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
0-6 mon
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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Michael Morgan-Curran 14/06/2018 - 11:59 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Early identification lies at the heart of the Mental Illness Prevention strategy. PredictX’s proven machine learning model for identification of not school ready children forms the basis for wider application.
 
Overview of Innovation:
The “Get It Right, First Time” program is an ambitious effort to transform the mental health treatment to focus more on early diagnosis and intervention. The benefits of early intervention are clear and well documented. PredictX (PX) believe that we can the application of Machine Learning (ML) based systems improves the identification of at-risk individuals, especially children.

At Essex CC, we developed and deployed a working ML system to identify children and households where the children had a higher probability of not being school ready. As the report states, “ the most productive and cost-effective element of any prevention of mental ill-health strategy will be during a child’s early years.”  The PX school readiness model has proven to be effective in the early identification of not school ready children - beyond previous methods. The system not only identifies at-risk children for early intervention but also indicates the most impactful intervention for a locality.

The PX model not only applies to school readiness but is a flexible framework that adapts to new use cases and available data to solve other similar challenging issues. The model uses data from housing, education, social care, police, health, benefits, and population can use this data for applications beyond school readiness. For instance, early work suggests that the model will be effective predicting domestic abuse - another causal precursor of childhood mental health issues. Because such a wide range of data is accessed, the model is resilient to sparse or missing data from any particular data source.

We believe that the school readiness model is one branch among several that leads to a much more holistic and accurate identification of individuals, families, and locations at risk of mental health issues. Moreover, the model can be tuned to further identify those who would be positively impacted by intervention thus aiding the most effective resource allocation of the intervention team.

The model has the further advantage of having real-world analogues and explainability.  This means that the model will aid the experts by identifying the key causal factors most prevalent in a particular locality, thereby systematically aiding the work with Schools and Education to identify the most critical vulnerabilities and risk markers for mental illness and aiding building the most impactful preventative resilience and wellbeing practices.

Please see:https://youtu.be/3J2S82vjb8U
 
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 / Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine / Wellness and prevention of illness / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (2016) states that “the future health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS, and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health.” Further it warns that the circumstances since the Wanless review published 12 years ago has become worse. “Mental health problems account for a quarter of all ill health in the UK. Despite important new developments in mental health research it receives less than 5.5 per cent of all health research funding. Latest figures suggest that £115 million is spent on mental health research each year compared with £970 million on physical health research.”  The paper also clearly articulates the importance of Innovation to tackle current and future challenges. In particular , “We see a pivotal role for digital technology in driving major changes to mental health services over the next five years”. Better prevention tools based on AI and Machine Learning is inline with this thinking.

Twelve years ago Derek Wanless’ health review warned that unless the country took prevention seriously we would be faced with a sharply rising burden of avoidable illness. That warning has not been heeded -and the NHS is on the hook for the consequences.”

One of the few silver linings to commencing this work today rather than a decade ago is that the AI technologies to deliver advanced risk identification capability is fully proven now whereas twelve years ago, the technology was nascent if it existed at all.  Therefore the ability to execute the goal of the “Get it Right, First Time” agenda is now feasible with excellent ROI.
 
Initial Review Rating
4.40 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
According to Mental Health In The West Midlands Combined Authority, a report commissioned by the  West Midlands Mental Health Commission,  Nearly a quarter of adults living in the WMCA are experiencing a mental health problem at any one time. The report also documents that the 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.

Clearly these challenges and the significant benefits for addressing these challenges are key drivers behind the initiatives already in place in the region.

Identification of at risk individuals, especially children must go hand in hand with the infrastructure to intervene for maximum impact. The work by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) supported by Forward Thinking Birmingham to construct the Proof of Concept program that incorporates partners across health and social care, education and policing, as well as community resources suggests that the program will have the resources and focus to execute the intervention strategies.

The effectiveness of the ML model depends on the access to data. Part of the success of the Essex School Readiness project is the buy-in of the different service areas to share their data to achieve the overall aims of enabling a prevention-based service culture.  West Midlands is ahead with forward thinking localities already sharing data across social care and health. This is a promising position from which extension of data sharing to include education, environment and other key information can develop.

From a PredictX perspective, there is already good working relationships with many of the local authorities in the region including integrated social care data - one of the key elements of the ML model.

This work has been performed in collaboration with the Midlands and Lancashire CSU. The close and strategic working relationship established over many years between PredictX and the Midlands and Lancashire CSU will help to ensure that projects are executed per agreed scope and delivered on time and on budget.
 
Current and planned activity: 
PredictX works with the NHS at several levels currently. We work directly with Provider Trusts such as UCLH supplying them with advanced analytic solutions. We also work with CCGs and STPs focusing on advanced analytics that need to integrate social care and health information. We also work with Local Authorities and regions such as the School Readiness system with Essex CC.

We also have a strategic partnership with the West Midlands CSU working to serve their CCG members as well as investing in research and development efforts to apply Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques to address challenges the sector faces. This partnership has recently been codified with the launch of the Midlands and Lancashire Innovation Partnership - a partnership of the CSU, private sector and academia working together to deliver advanced, AI-enabled solutions.
 
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
IPR is 100% the property of PredictX with no conflicts. We are happy to co-create new IPR with the sector and share the innovation
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Very high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
2
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Keesup Choe 30/05/2018 - 09:57 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The Wonder Why Society is a fully moderated, collaborative online learning community for school children. It supports the mental health prevention agenda through access to information, signposting services and encouraging engagement.



 
Overview of Innovation:
The Wonder Why Society provides a safe online space allowing children, teachers and industry experts to learn together. By setting challenges and introducing new topics, the society connects children, schools and experts from all over the UK. It takes down the walls of the classroom to brings a whole new dimension to learning.
 
All the content is moderated by a team of educational experts, ensuring that the space is entirely safe for users. As a digital innovation, this offers the opportunity to support to schools to scale their ‘prevention agenda for mental ill health’ enabling earlier intervention(s) at relatively low cost.
 
The child-centred communities enable professionals to host preventative information, deliver solutions, gather opinion and hold conversations in a safe, moderated environment. This integrated, approach provides a one-stop community where any issue which may impact upon a child's mental health can be discussed and advised upon such as housing and finances.
 
The communities give children help and information and signpost to services. Importantly they also give children of all ages a voice and empowerment in an environment that informs, inspires and encourages aspiration to drive confidence and resilience in future generations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6Z-Ydq-hUg&t=16s



It can significantly widen the reach of NHS services impacting on cost-effectiveness. Our learning communities The Wonder Why Society (5-11) and Bridgr (11-18) allow the multiple stakeholders involved in the health and education of a child to work together in a variety of ways. The communities which operate separately in the primary and secondary sector offer opportunities to educate and inform users and provide long term preventative solutions.

They also provide healthcare professionals a permanent place to offer support and advice to teachers and support staff who often don’t know where best to turn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0Ws--zv6eE&t=12s
 
As STEMs learning platforms (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) The Wonder Why Society and Bridgr can also help to tackle the upcoming skills gap in the health sector.
 
Taking a long-term approach, the NHS can attract the talent they will require to address the future clinical skills gap by developing a careers platform, engaging with children from when they start school to when they leave.
 
Developing a NHS skills pathway can create real social change and empower an effective future workforce.
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 / Wellness and prevention of illness / Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Digital health / Innovation and adoption / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
At least 10% of children and young people are thought to suffer from anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders or other mental health conditions. The numbers of under-18s seeking and receiving NHS care have soared over the last decade.
 
The government’s plans to tackle the mental health crisis among young people are based on three key elements: a teacher at every school and college becoming its designated lead for mental health; help for schools from new mental health support teams; and the guarantees of help within four weeks. Source: The Guardian
 
In a joint report, the Commons health and social care and education select committees criticise the plans as unambitious and inadequate given the fast-rising need for care and too reliant on already overworked teachers. Source: The Guardian
 
The Wonder Why Society and Bridgr offer opportunities to help to transform a failing mental health system. The projects and topics shared throughout the site encourage children to develop critical and higher order thinking skills. The space allows teachers to share best practice and save time.
 
In supporting the recommendations of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (2015)
they enable a true joined up approach to support the future health of millions of children. It enables partnerships between schools, communities and employers. Overwhelmingly the flexibility of the portals underpins the reports’ findings - enabling promotion of resilience, prevention, early intervention, measure engagement and impact.
 
Free at entry point for state schools and home learners there is no barrier to entry.
 
In building a one-stop hub for children, we are creating an environment that empowers young people to participate, innovate and contribute to society. By empowering learners to be self-sufficient we can drive important messages and support directly to learners wherever they live. This allows the NHS to drive targeted information to this audience accessible at any time, in and out of school.

Education, voice and self-awareness lie at the core of our communities - joined up thinking, prevention and proactivity are central to our aims
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (2 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Poor mental health costs the region £3,000 per person in the Midlands area. Mental health issues are impacted by poor housing, low socio-economic status. This is combined with Birmingham having the youngest population in Europe. (Eurostat 2018). The Wonder Why Society and Bridgr communities provide a pathway for the NHS to work directly with schools and children throughout compulsory schooling, developing a digital preventative care pathway.
 
The Wonder Why Society and Bridgr can be used to support and introduce online learning in any subject. It can be used to set homework, encourage debate, facilitate high level thinking and extend classroom learning. It enhances digital skills, teaches online safety and embeds technology in to the curriculum.
 
We have a partnership with a Prevent agency who provide specialist support via the platforms for children to ask questions about things they might feel are embarrassing, difficult or confusing. We also have resources for teachers to use in the classroom that cover mental health, resilience, spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) and British Values.
 
Online safety is our number one priority. In order to ensure a safe environment, we comply with all of the recommendations outlined by The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and support the Think U Know campaign.
 
Nothing is published on our site until it has been checked by one of our qualified education moderators.
 
Upon joining, children agree to follow our online safety rules. Just by using the site children are naturally learning digital skills, online safety and ‘netiquette’. Anything that is submitted that is against our online safety code or causes any concern will be reported back to the school DSL.
 
The Wonder Why Society moderating staff have been DBS checked and undertaken safeguarding training. We have a Safeguarding Policy and an appointed Safeguarding Lead.
 
“We found the speed with which a safeguarding issue was dealt with, exceptional. Professional and prompt liaison with the school, ensured that communication was made successfully with all relevant teachers and senior leaders, which came because of the speedy, rigorous moderation from Wonder Why.”
Head, Abbey Primary School
Current and planned activity: 
From a mental health perspective, The Wonder Why Society gives children a safe place, a voice and easy access to information that’s useful to them.
 
Currently our support service is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 4pm. To provide continuous support to children we wish to create a 24/7 support service and would like to work with regional health stakeholders to explore a potential referral pathway(s) / digital therapies that can be used out of school hours and during school holidays.
 
Funding is required to develop the 24/7 support service and we would welcome partners who could submit joint applications to bids / funding competitions.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Wonder Books Ltd . Trademark applied for. Copyright automatic. There is a licence betwen the 2 companies
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
3
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The Wonder Why Society and Bridgr 22/05/2018 - 14:13 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Recovery College for All is a move away from traditional mental health services, using an educational approach to focus on individual strengths and abilities. The aim is to support individuals to be empowered and to be experts in their own lives.
Overview of Innovation:
Recovery College for All is a programme that has been running in Birmingham and Solihull since June 2016.  All of the sessions available are co-designed and co-facilitated by individuals with lived experience of mental distress alongside mental health professionals.  All sessions are recovery-focused, with an emphasis on learning together and sharing personal experiences.  Currently we have 25 different sessions on offer, ranging from Introduction to your recovery, to Beginning mindfulness, Reading for wellbeing, What is the value of lived experience in recovery, Rainbow recovery: understanding the LGBT perspective and Families, friends and carers: taking care of yourself.  Hope is at the heart of the Recovery College ethos, hope that recovery is possible and having an opportunity to develop as an individual.

Recovery has different meanings to different people, but it is a lot more than simply treating or reducing symptoms. Personal recovery is led by the individual and isn’t about finding a cure for mental distress, instead it is about living a meaningful life, feeling able to contribute and living a satisfying life in the presence or absence of symptoms.  Recovery College for All is a safe, educational setting in which learners can pick courses that they are interested in, learning alongside other service users, family and carers of those using services and Trust staff members. 
To date, we have had 1823 attendees since our launch. The hope is that we can build on our success across our Birmingham hub and Solihull branch and develop Recovery College across our inpatient and acute settings as well as in the wider community. 
We collect learner evaluations and 91% of our learners felt that the session they attended was useful because the facilitator has lived experience of mental distress and they have learnt something new that will help with their own or others’ recovery, 95% of our learners would recommend Recovery College for All to others.
Some comments from our learners:
“Fantastic session - thank you….found it really insightful and interesting, would definitely recommend”
“I think you are doing a great job - well done”
“Great session and facilitators”
“Very good session - great relaxed feel and approach”
 
Our motto is that learning together makes us stronger and it certainly seems that what we have developed to date is well received by our learners, our facilitators and our stakeholders.

 
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 / Person centred care
Benefit to NHS:
Mental Health service users will benefit from Recovery College as it is an opportunity to focus on personal strengths and abilities. This is a huge personal benefit to an individual service user and their family and friends. 
The NHS will benefit from as individuals grow and develop and set personal goals, the hope is that long term, their need for costly psychiatric treatment may reduce.  As recovery is a personal journey, it is not possible to say that individuals will no longer need psychiatric care as for some individuals, this may be an essential part of their recovery journey.  However, service users can hope to gain more autonomy over their own experience and believe that recovery from mental distress is possible.
Being able to offer more access to Recovery College to more of our service users means that more people have an opportunity to explore their own experience and what personal recovery means to them.  Recovery College presents the opportunity for our service users, their family and friends and our staff to work together collaboratively.  In this way Recovery College is opening the doors on recovery-focused practice, being able to work in partnership with our service users and their families in order to be truly person-centred. 
Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
Recovery College aims to break down the stigma of mental distress, creating shared learning environments for individuals to learn together, regardless of whether they use services, support someone who uses services or is a staff member.  The model is inclusive.  Recovery College offers opportunities to individuals to develop their skills, learn about what recovery means to them and see that recovery is possible.  We hope that the benefits include individuals who are empowered and recognise that they have something to contribute to the wider community, we all have something valuable to offer whether it is a particular skill or sharing our experiences to inspire hope in others.  Recovery College is a safe environment to explore our personal skills, qualities and attributes and can help people move foward with their personal life goals.
Current and planned activity: 
Recovery College for All operates within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, currently across 2 venues, one in Moseley, Birmingham and one in Solihull.  All of the sessions are coproduced, collaboratively designed between service users, carers and our Trust staff members and all of our sessions are quality assures by our Recovery College advisory committee.  We are committed to developing our Recovery College for All offer and hope to source another Birmingham venue later this year and also develop Recovery College spokes across our acute settings to ensure that all of our population are able to access Recovery College in a way that is meaningful to them.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
N/A
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
N/A
Ease of scalability: 
3
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Anne Glover 10/05/2018 - 13:05 Publish Login or Register to post comments
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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.

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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: 
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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
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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
4.60 (1 ratings)
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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