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

Next meeting:

Date: 23rd September
Time: 2pm – 4pm + networking
Location: Institute for Digital Healthcare, University of Warwick: Warwick Medical School, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Join us on 23rd September at the Institute for Digital Health (IDH) at University of Warwick for the next meeting of the Innovative Health Working Group.


Look forward to being welcomed by Prof Lawrence from Warwick Medical School before being given a tour of the IDH. You will also receive 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.

To round up the session we will be hearing all about the new digital platform ‘Mindful’ that aims to support the mental health of regional school children from Bev Mabey.

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

The meeting will take place at the International Digital Lab (IDL), IDL Teaching Room, 1st Floor University of Warwick, Lord Bhattacharyya Way, Coventry CV4 7AL (Institute for Digital Health is located inside).  You can follow the link for our interactive map search for IDL –

In terms of parking the closest pay and display is Car Park 8. Note: Please ensure you have change as the machines do not accept card payments.

Please report to IDL reception on arrival to sign in, where the receptionist will be able to direct you through to the room.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Previous meetings:

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!

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 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)

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Twitter: @innovationwm