About EPIC

EPIC (Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) is led by The University of Plymouth, in partnership with Creative England and partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund. EPIC is dedicated to improving the use of technology in both health and social care, aiming to improve the health and well-being of people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly as well as the Cornish economy. The programme will run over a 3-year period (starting May 2017), in which Cornish SMEs will gain the opportunity to develop expertise and commercial opportunities.

What does EPIC offer businesses? 
  • Access to specialised business support expertise from the digital and eHealth sector
  • Access to experts in research areas critical for development of eHealth products and services
  • Access to grant funding through the £600,000 EPIC Challenge Fund 

The project covers a broad range of technologies, including: Apps, Communication Devices, Web, Robotics and Sensory/Image based innovations that enhance health and social care provision.  It provides specialist and funded support to businesses who work in, or are interested in operating, within this sector.   

Understanding more about EPIC's eHealth ecosystem 

EPIC has an underlying philosophy...in order to develop high quality eHealth innovation you need the direct involvement of key stakeholders to identify priorities and shape design and implementation of solutions.  We will help to create networks of patients, carers, health and social care professionals and SMEs that work together across Cornwall to produce high quality products to improve impact and commercial success. 

What support can EPIC provide for businesses? 

Led by Creative England the project offers sector specific expertise in the development of Digital and eHealth business ventures; all the way from concept to commercial success.  

This will provide SMEs with: 

  • One to one business support that understands the sector, its challenges and opportunities
  • Face to face events and webinars involving leading thought experts and  eHealth champions from within Cornwall and across the UK 
  • Support for applications to the £600,000 Challenge Fund which offers grants for commercial projects that meet the EPIC objectives and have potential for business growth. 

The project team can also provide leading expertise in:  

  • Behaviour Change and its critical role in the success of eHealth innovation 
  • Digital Human Interface; guidance and testing capability on design and usability of technology  
  • Robotics; technical expertise in applications to health and social  care settings
  • Sustainability/evaluation; capturing evidence of impact and outcomes to support sales

You can stay up to date on Twitter with the hashtag #EPICehealth For more info please visit: www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/epic



September 6th - EPIC Cornwall: Accessing Funding for Digital Health Projects 

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, Business West, who gave us the inside track on applying for Innovate UK funding. 



Webinar one – Wednesday 13 September 2017, 12.30-13.30 

Paperless by 2020? An Introduction to the 21st Century NHS and the Opportunities for Digital Health Technology Providers  

This was the first in EPIC's autumn series of webinars for SMEs who are already, or who are interested in, developing digital and technology products and services for the health and care sectors. It was an introduction to the current priorities for change in delivering NHS services, how far the NHS has come in using technology to deliver services and where the opportunities for digital and technology providers might lie.   We were joined by panellists Phil Stradling, Citizen Identity Lead and Business Architect for NHS England, and Charles Lowe, Managing Director of the Digital Health and Care Alliance. 

Webinar two – Wednesday 27 September 2017, 12.30-13.30 


Commissioners and Providers

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.

Webinar three – Wednesday 11 October 2017, 12.30-13.30 

Getting your Health and Wellbeing Apps into the Hands of Patients: The NHS App Library and other health app libraries

Developing and piloting a health and wellbeing 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 is 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. 

The webinars are free to join and you can register here 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Contact Us

Contact Us:

Liz West (Partnerships Manager) - liz.west@creativeengland.co.uk 

Ben Bowskill (Project Coordinator) - ben.bowskill@creativeengland.co.uk 

Joanne Evans (Digital Health Business Consultant) - joanne.evans@cranehill.co.uk  

Andrew Chitty (Digital Health Business Consultant) - andrew.chitty@cranehill.co.uk 

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