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Creative England has teamed up with the University of Plymouth and partners to deliver EPIC, a three year collaborative project to improve the use of technology in health and social care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund with additional financial support from the South West Academic Health Science Network.
If you are a small and medium-sized business in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, whether it be just starting out or looking to grow, then we can offer the following support at no charge to you:
A minimum of 12 hours sectorspecific business support with our experienced digital health business advisors, including workshops and webinars
Access to experts in research areas critical for the development of eHealth products and services
Guidance and support in applying for our £600,000 EPIC Challenge Fund
Contact us for an informal chat to find out if EPIC is for you.
The £600,000 EPIC Challenge Fund is open to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly looking to engage in the digital health market.
You can either co-design solutions with others or bring forward your own individual ideas. We are particularly interested in hearing about projects that address the themes raised in the eight EPIC workshops held in September 2017 (further details in the EPIC Challenge Fund Guidelines below).
There are two levels of grant available:
Successful applications to the Challenge Fund will demonstrate a clear business proposition and an ability to contribute to both the specific challenges identified by the fund and the associated ERDF outputs that the EPIC project is contracted to deliver.
To apply for a feasibility grant go to: http://applications.creativeengland.co.uk/application/253
To apply for a development grant go to: http://applications.creativeengland.co.uk/application/254
Download guidelines for applicants at the bottom of this page.
Accessing Funding for Digital Health Projects (06 September 2017)
At this first event we focused on how to apply for Innovate UK funding. We were joined by Josie Gough, South West Regional Manager for Innovate UK, and Layla Burrows, European R & D Funding Manager for Enterprise Europe Network South West.
EPIC Conference (01 November 2017)
At the first EPIC conference, we shared feedback from the eight EPIC stakeholder workshops held in September 2017, learning lessons from the Living it Up project, launch the Challenge Fund, as well as having two rooms of exhibits.
EPIC and Software Cornwall Festive eHealth Tech Meetup (08 December 2017)
The EPIC project teamed up with Software Cornwall, dedicated to connecting, promoting and supporting the growing tech community in the county, for an informal networking event focusing on eHealth.
Behaviour Change Apps – What Works? (18 January 2018)
Motivation is at the heart of many health-related behaviours, from weight loss and diabetes self-care to medication and exercise adherence. We were joined by Professor Jackie Andrade, Professor in Psychology at University of Plymouth, and Mike Thomas, Director of Cornwall Sports Partnership, to look at how interventions can support motivation for behaviour change and how these might be applied in apps.
The EPIC project is teaming up with Access to Finance to explore the funding options available to SMEs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We will also be joined by Dr Paul Upton of Ultramed who will be sharing his experience of using crowdfunding for his suite of cloud based pre-operative software.
We've got two great speakers for this EPIC SME event; they are not related but it’s a great opportunity to hear about two essential eHealth topics. Firstly, Julie Fidler, Partnership Development Lead at NHS Digital, is coming to Cornwall to tell us about NHS Digital's priorities in the next two years and when we can expect significant milestones on the path to Paperless by 2020. Secondly, Ben Travers, Partner and Head of IP and IT at leading law firm Stephens Scown, will take us through the facts about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what we need to do to comply.
Paperless by 2020? An Introduction to the 21st Century NHS and the Opportunities for Digital Health Technology Providers (13 September 2017)
The first webinar was an introduction to priorities for change in delivering NHS services, how far the NHS has come in using technology and where the opportunities for digital and technology providers might lie. We were joined by Phil Stradling, Citizen Identity Lead and Business Architect for NHS England, and Charles Lowe, Managing Director of the Digital Health and Care Alliance.
Commissioners and Providers (27 September 2017 *postponed*)
Understanding the distinction between the two is fundamental to engaging with the NHS as a business. Providers deliver healthcare. Commissioners are responsible for ensuring the health needs across a geography or population are met. As a consequence they have different perspectives on the healthcare system, different responsibilities and business drivers and different requirements from digital healthcare.
Getting your Health and Well-being Apps into the Hands of Patients: The NHS App Library and other health app libraries (20 October 2017)
Developing and piloting a health and well-being app is one thing, but how do you distribute it to patients and clients? And if you are a practitioner, how do you know which apps of the many out there are safe and effective for patients? This was an introduction to the NHS App Library and its thinking behind validation and to other health app libraries that are providing a route to patients.
From App to Business: UMotif – A Case Study (20 December 2017)
Bruce Hellman, CEO and Co-founder of uMotif, explains how he took his business from developing apps for long-term condition management to becoming a leading platform for patient data collection in clinical trials and large-scale patient studies. These include the '100 for Parkinsons' and 'Cloudy with a Chance of Pain', which garnered headlines for demonstrating the link between arthritic pain and weather.
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You can stay up to date on Twitter with the hashtag #EPICehealth, connect with us on LinkedIn or visit our project partner page.