Idea Description
Supplementary Information
Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
The MindHarp provides an engrossing, stimulating and active music-based activity addressing the typical behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (low self-esteem, social withdrawal, stress, depression). It is designed for any carer to use.
Overview of Innovation:
MindHarp is unique. It generates beautifully crafted musical sounds at the touch of a button. It’s a deeply rewarding and enriching activity engaging the player and carer physically, mentally and emotionally. It requires no learning, musical background or ability.
  1. Doesn’t require expensive, specialist facilitation or intervention (i.e. entertainers or music therapists)
  2. A wonderful bridge between ageing relatives, children, grandchildren and friendship groups
  3. Relaxing, stimulating, sociable, immersive and leads to all sorts of unexpected conversation, song and laughter
It was designed and developed over 12 months working directly with people living with dementia. It is now used regularly in care homes and by domestic carers via a new programme in the BANES carers Centre who loan out MindHarps.

It is currently available for iOS Apple iPads. (Android version available by end of 2019). It requires NO internet connection. The one-off price provides organisations with multiple downloads. It is fully supported with training and session guidance.

  • Less than 5% of care homes provide good quality arts and music provision (Utley/ILC report 2018)
  • It is a meaningful, adult activity that build bonds and connection between domestic carersand their loved ones /professional carers and those being cared for
  • Firstly, there are no really definitive randomised control trials (RCTs) and more and better quality studies are required. However, the experiential and anecdotal evidence that music has a powerful and positive effect is overwhelming. There is much compelling evidence to support and suggest the use of music interventions has a direct effect on the psycho-social well-being of people living with dementia. We ourselves have much evidence in this regard.
  • We are seeking further support to participate in studies to definbitevely confirm:
    • Effects on BPSDs
    • Increased well-being of user and carer (enhanced moods, social participation, communication etc)


The government wants to expand the use of music for dementia patients, as part of its drive to expand “social prescribing”. The NHS long-term plan, published in January 2019, promises to roll out social prescribing, including music and the arts. By April 2021, there will be over 1,000 trained social prescribing link workers and more in place by April 2024, with the aim that over 900,000 people are able to be referred to social prescribing schemes.

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)
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It might also be worth considering the recent update to the NICE guidelines on Dementia (20/07/2019) with the inclusion of music therapy as an activity to "help promote well-being".
A great simple yet effective idea.  My question would be similar to Sarah's on pricing/access.  Care homes are not naturally equipped with ipads and internet; I wonder how this could be mitigated so it is open to everyone?
A good innovation with many areas for practical implementation.  

I would suggest just reviewing the submission for some minor changes:
1. Elevator Pitch - change the word address to addresses.  Also to extend this sentence to say how it addressese the symptoms of dementia. 
2. Evidence base for innovation - would be good to relate this approach to proven evidence  of the benefits of arts/music therapy for people with dementia and/or neurological diversity e.g. learning disabilities, ASD, etc. with examples.  Also to indicate where this innovation aligns with NHS strategic intentions and supports pre/post diagnosis care e.g. Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and NHS Long Term Plan.  
2. Consider wider Staff Benefits (and to carers) - e.g. can improve (therapeutic) relationship building with clients/people with dementia, used as a tool to have meaningful interactions between staff and client / family and carers, etc. 
3. In terms of current activity - it is mentioned the innovator is working with NHS Dementia Wellbeing Service.  It does not state where in the country nor who Lorraine Morgan. This is therefore not really providing any additional supporting information.
4. It would be good to understand the evidence of effectiveness for use of this innovation, beyond anedoctal/testimonial  i.e. who and how is this being evaluated and when evaluation is due to be available. What type of outcomes are you hoping to measure?  If this is something the innovator is hoping to achieve through this submission - could this be articulated?

Other queries include:
 - Is this available on Android techology? 
- While in use does it require connection to the internet?
- Pricing (as it is in the supplementary information) is this per download of the app or per organisation (be accessed through a limited number of devices?).

Once some changes have been made I am happy to distribute through my networks.

Mental Health Lead

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