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Interactive Healthcare Programme

Creative England has announced the extension of its Interactive Healthcare Programme, pledging £750k for digital companies outside of London to develop innovative healthcare technology and solutions. 

The first of the programmes to open as part of this initiative is a £250,000 fund that will offer investments of £25,000 to £50,000 to companies based anywhere in the English regions outside of Greater London.

Financed by Creative England’s Regional Growth Fund and in partnership with the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GM AHSN), the fund will support the development of web, mobile and tablet applications that focus on some of the key healthcare priorities identified by GM AHSN. 

Successful projects will focus on the interaction and sharing of information between patients and carers, new ideas for patients or clinicians in the domains of cardiovascular disease, or the safe use of medications. 

Examples of successful projects that may secure funding include: apps that develop a new communication channel between doctor and patient; new methods for data analysis; apps that support innovation in healthier living; or apps that promote patient understanding so they can take ownership of their own care.

To read a blog on Creative Businesses and the Digital Healthcare Revolution by Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury, head here.

North West

Funded by Creative England's Regional Growth Fund and managed by Creative England in partnership with the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, Strand A of the Interactive Healthcare Programme is for small creative and digital businesses (SMEs) who wish to bring innovative concepts and/or prototypes to the NHS marketplace.

Key information: 

  • £250,000 is available via investments of between £25,000 to £50,000 
  • Companies must be based in England, outside of Greater London
  • Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. The fund will close on Friday 30 September 2016  
  • Funding will support the development of innovative concepts or prototypes using digital technology to improve patient care and health services, and which support the Greater Manchester area

We are looking for projects which:

  • Push forward creative and commercial boundaries in support of health and wellbeing 
  • Have a strong chance of exploitation in the market and the potential for a significant lifecycle 
  • Promote interaction and sharing of health information, in a safe and secure way, to drive better experience and outcomes for patients and carers  
  • Develop new ideas for patients or clinicians in the domains of cardiovascular disease and the safe use of medications

Note: More detail on the GM AHSN priority areas can be found here. We strongly recommend that you, or someone in your team, speaks to the GM AHSN Research and Innovation team, before submitting an EOI. Please contact Gary Leeming for more information.

Apply Now

To apply, please complete our online application form. You will be asked to complete an Eligibility Questionnaire and an Expression of Interest in the first instance. Download a copy for our fund guidelines and FAQs.

For any additional questions, please contact Project Manager Tim Evans.


Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network

Greater Manchester AHSN is a collaborative network of local NHS organisations, higher education institutes and industry. It is a membership organisation bringing together 30 NHS providers and commissioners and 4 universities. 

GM AHSN is about integrating health services, industry, commerce, local authorities and academia to enable adoption of innovations at pace and scale. Our strategy is to develop the capability of Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and East Lancashire to integrate health and social care data, to enable GM health to be the place to do business and research in and to enhance the system’s ability to improve the health of the population. 

GM AHSN key areas of focus are: 

  • Implementation of health improvement work that delivers both improved patient outcomes and cost effectiveness 
  • Delivery of a world class informatics architecture 
  • The enablement of research 
  • Wealth creation and innovation 

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West Midlands

Funded by Creative England's Regional Growth Fund and managed by Creative England in partnership with the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, this Interactive Healthcare Fund is for small creative and digital businesses (SMEs) who wish to bring innovative concepts and/or prototypes to the NHS marketplace.

Key information: 

  • £500,000 is available via investments of up to £50,000 per application 
  • Companies must be based in England, outside of Greater London 
  • Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. The fund will close on Friday 30 September 2016   
  • Funding will support the development of innovative concepts or prototypes using digital technology to improve patient care and health services, in response to the identified priority areas (see below) 

We are looking for projects which:  

  • Push forward creative and commercial boundaries;  
  • Have a strong chance of exploitation in the market and the potential for a significant lifecycle; 
  • Have the active involvement of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and/or the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network; 

And focus on the below priority areas:  

  • Long term conditions 
  • Wellness and prevention of illness 
  • Advanced diagnostics, genomics and precision medicine 
  • Mental health crisis care

Apply Now

To apply, please complete our online application form. You will be asked to complete an Eligibility Questionnaire and an Expression of Interest in the first instance. Download a copy for our fund guidelines and FAQs

We strongly recommend that you, or someone in your team, speak to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s Innovation Service, HEFT Innovation, before submitting an EOI. Please contact Bethan Bishop, Innovation and Industry Engagement on 07870 629690 or email bethan.bishop@heartofengland.nhs.uk. 

For any additional questions, please contact Project Manager Tim Evans.

Yorkshire & Humber

Funded by Creative England's Regional Growth Fund and managed by Creative England in partnership with the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), this Interactive Healthcare Fund is for small creative and digital businesses (SMEs) who wish to bring innovative digital health and wellbeing products and services to market in the NHS and wider health and social care marketplace.

Key Information

  • £250,000 will be available via investments of up to £50,000 per application 
  • Companies must be based in England, outside of Greater London (innovations that have potential to benefit Yorkshire & Humber communities are welcomed) 
  • The fund will open on Monday 4th April 2016 and close on Friday 17th June 2016   
  • Funding will support the development of innovative concepts using digital technology to improve patient care and health services, in response to the following priority areas:

>Citizen empowerment and maintaining independence for people living with Long Term Conditions (LTCs);

>Medicines adherence and optimisation; 

>Public health and wellbeing priorities (e.g. obesity, alcohol and smoking cessation) and reducing inequalities in health; 

>Patient safety and falls prevention; 

>Improving mental health and wellbeing (including young people’s mental health).

We will be looking for projects which can demonstrate knowledge of health and social care challenges developed through working with clinical or expert patient groups or both, and the technology skills and the ambition to respond to an identified health and/or social care need.

Head here to apply for our Interactive Healthcare Programme for Yorkshire & Humber.

For any queries please contact Project Manager Tim Evans.