Innovative Health Working Group

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What we do:

The Innovative Health Working Group (IHWG) is a cross-sector network whose membership consists of practitioners from universities, local authorities, businesses, voluntary organisations and SMEs from across the West Midlands.

Meeting on a quarterly basis, the group works on topics such as healthy ageing, digital health solutions, medical devices, translational medicine and education in health technologies, and also explores and creates opportunities for new and existing healthcare markets. Members also work together to influence ways in which all sectors can collaborate to create the strategies, policies and operational ingredients needed to maximise health outcomes and impacts for all.

Chair: Bethan Bishop, Director of Partnerships at Aliciyo Ltd

Co-ordinated by: Iain Mansell, Project Manager at Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands

Next meeting:

  • Date: 27th June 2019
  • Time: 2pm – 4pm + networking
  • Location: Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Birmingham

Join us on 27th June at Baskerville House, Birmingham for the next meeting of the Innovative Health Working Group.

We look forward to hearing from ‘Dignio’. Dignio connects patients and healthcare professionals through a digital platform that disrupts the traditional way of delivering health services and opens up new possibilities for a more sustainable solution.

We will also be hearing from ‘Extra Care’. The ExtraCare Charitable Trust has a vision to create better lives for older people so they can enjoy a happy, healthy and fulfilled lifestyle in their vibrant communities.

As always, please come prepared for our round table discussions and there will be plenty of time for networking.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming meetings:

  • Date: 5th September 2019
  • Time: 2pm – 4pm + networking
  • Location: TBC
  • Date: 14th November 2019
  • Time: 2pm – 4pm + networking
  • Location: TBC

Previous meetings:

11th April, West Midlands Combined Authority

Our April meeting took place on 11th April at WMCA, Summer Lane, with speakers from WMCA Thrive at Work, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network about the Life Festival and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership about national funding programmes for the sector.

Check out more on Thrive at Work in the video below.

7th February, Baskerville House

Our February Innovative Health Working Group meeting took place on 7th February at Baskerville House, with speakers from Enlighten about their Augmented Reality enabled mental health campaign, and the Harborne Food School about their partnership with Birmingham City Council and the Food Foundation to tackle malnutrition with smart technology developments.

Check out one of Enlighten’s AR enabled mental health support posters for yourself below. All you need to do is download the free ‘Zappar’ app from your smart phone app store. Open the app and hold it over the poster to see it come to life.

(AR mental health support)

5th December, Baskerville House

Speakers from ActiveLab and Kaido led to an engaging discussion on various health related projects in the West Midlands.

(Jack Connors from UKActive talking about the goals of ActiveLab)
(Richard Westman, Kaido)

Get in touch:


Twitter: @innovationwm