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, Networks & Partnerships Manager at Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands

Get in touch and join us!


Twitter: @innovationwm 

Next meeting: TBC. Read our COVID-19 statement here.
Previous meetings:
26th February, Institute of Translational Medicine

Our first meeting of 2020 was hosted by the Institute of Translational Medicine, where we welcomed a range of fantastic speakers – including Siân Dunning (MDTEC); Dr Ameeta Retzer (CPROR) and Dr Ewa Truchanowicz (Dignio); and David Kidney (PHR).

Meeting notes here.

You can access all the presentations here.

18th December 2019, Baskerville House

Our final meeting of 2019 took place at Baskerville House, with presentations from Ben Kirsch (IPO) on their IP Health Pilot; Katie Judge (GBSLEP) with an update on the Local Industrial Strategy Life Sciences Sector Action Plan.

23rd September 2019, Institute for Digital Healthcare

Our September meeting took place in the Institute for Digital Healthcare at the University of Warwick. We were welcomed by Prof Lawrence from Warwick Medical School before being given a tour of the IDH. We also received presentations from Dr Mark Elliott from IDH, WMG, University of Warwick on ‘Getting active with the data: Using movement analytics for digital health innovation, and Guy Smallman and Deborah Griggs of University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire about the cutting-edge technologies being developed for cancer diagnosis and personalised treatment through the PathLAKE project.

We finished by hearing about new digital platform ‘Mindful’ that aims to support the mental health of regional school children from Bev Mabey.

Links to presentations: 

Getting Active with the Data


Mindful Healthcare

27th June 2019, Baskerville House 

Our June meeting took place in Baskerville House in Centenary Square, with speakers from Dignio and Extra Care.

Dignio connects patients and healthcare professionals through a digital platform that disrupts the tradition way of delivering health services and opens new possibilities for a more sustainable solution. Their solution allows patients to make medical measurements at home with the knowledge that healthcare professionals follow up the results and are available for support and care along the way. It provides safe, flexible everyday life with a higher quality of life.

Ewa Trunchanowicz from Dignio at the IHWG

ExtraCare is the UK’s leading not-for-profit developer of housing for over 55s. Since 1988, they’ve operated retirement villages and smaller housing developments around the Midlands base and further south. Today, they support older people in 14 retirement villages and 5 housing schemes.

Henrietta Lyttle from Extra Care

Thanks to everyone who attended!

Links to presentations


Extra Care

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.

Links to presentations 

WMCA Thrive at Work


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)

Links to presentations

Harborne Food School 

5th December, Baskerville House

Speakers from ActiveLab and Kaido led 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)