About EPIC

EPIC (EHealth Productivity & Innovation in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly) is a collaborative project led by the University of Plymouth in partnership with Creative England, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund with additional financial support from the South West Academic Health Science Network. Over three years, starting May 2017, EPIC aims to improve the use of technology in health and social care, improving the health and wellbeing of people in Cornwall and also the Cornish economy in this sector.

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.   

What support can EPIC provide for businesses? 
  • 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. 

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

Challenge Fund

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.

Enterprises will either co-design solutions with others, or bring forward their own individual ideas, with a particular interest in utilising the Challenge Fund to tackle the challenges identified through the user led collaborations led by University of Plymouth (further details in the Challenge Fund Guidelines below).

There are two levels of grant available:

Feasibility grants of up to £5k Product/service development grants from £5k to £100k

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

EPIC Conference – Wednesday 01 November 2017

At the first EPIC conference, we shared feedback from the eight EPIC stakeholder workshops held across Cornwall in September 2017, learning lessons from the Living it Up project, launching the Challenge Fund, as well as having two rooms of exhibits. 

EPIC and Software Cornwall Festive eHealth Tech Meetup –
Friday 08 December

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.

Find out more about some of the challenges raised by nearly 300 people at EPIC’s eight Cornwall workshops held in September 2017, including patients, carers, and health and social care professionals, and also hear about the EPIC Challenge Fund for local small and medium-sized enterprises.


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 – Friday 20 October 2017, 12.30-13.30

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

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.

Webinar four – Wednesday 20 December 2017, 12.00-13.00

From App to Business: UMotif – A Case Study

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.

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

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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