On Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June we are hosting the NHS ConfedExpo at Manchester Central, where we will be joined by a host of Network-supported innovators.

Find out more about some of the innovators who will be presenting on the stand:

The Virtual Hippo
A virtual reality 10-minute experience, co-created by the University of Plymouth, which is designed to support the mental well-being of people rapidly and cumulatively. The innovation aims to reduce burnout and absenteeism in high-stress professions, with potential expansion to markets such as hospital emergency departments and frontline police staff. Pilot studies indicate a 35-40% decrease in perceived stress among emergency services control room personnel. 

ShinyMind is an evidence-based, mental health, publishing and group consultations platform, co-designed with the NHS.  ShinyMind is prescribed as a wellbeing prescription by NHS primary care, improving patient health whilst reducing GP demand. Large-scale mental wellness group consultations support 150 plus patients, and widen access to care. It has been supported by Health Innovation West of England.  

healthya is a digital solution that integrates an NHS approved patient app with a medical grade health station for collecting biometric data efficiently. This enables patient self-monitoring and data-driven improvements in health outcomes. It guides patients to suitable care levels proactively, enhancing population health management. healthya has been supported by Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber through the 2024 Digital North accelerator programme

getUBetter is an evidence-based, digital self-management support platform for all common musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and women’s pelvic health, that helps integrated care systems to provide digital-self-management support across the whole care pathway. It supports patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, taking them through their recovery day-by-day and providing them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to self-manage. Developed by Dr Carey McClellan, the getUBetter app launched in 2016. It is now available across 17 integrated care systems (ICSs) to a total eligible population of over 20 million people.

CheqUp is a personalised, physician-led, weight management programme – equivalent to NHS Tier 3 weight management services. It is facilitated by an online virtual health platform allowing accessible, effective treatment. It aims to tackle the growing rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD).  CheqUp has been supported by Health Innovation Manchester through the 2024 Digital North accelerator programme

MySunrise empowers patients and their families to navigate their cancer treatment pathway, ensuring they have the information they need and aiming to reduce some of the anxiety surrounding this, giving patients more control. With the support of Health Innovation South West, it was spread and implemented across all five NHS Cancer Centres in Devon and Cornwall with support from the Peninsula Cancer Alliance.

Leo Cancer Care
Leo Cancer Care makes proton beam therapy (PBT) devices, with the potential to save the NHS millions of pounds and increase patient throughput. The company’s products use a unique upright positioning system, which can be installed more quickly, more cheaply, and take up a fraction of the space of traditional machines. Health Innovation Kent Surrey Sussex have supported the company to commission evaluation and validation reports, leading to a cost-benefit analysis and budget impact model. These found that the company’s Marie™ system could lower the cost and waiting list backlog in the NHS and yield greater return on investment compared to existing NHS machinery for cancer treatment. 

C the Signs
C the Signs is an integrated clinical decision support tool that helps healthcare professionals find cancer at the earliest, most curable stage. It uses AI to support GPs with risk-assessing patients by checking combinations of signs, symptoms, and risk factors, and will then suggest an appropriate diagnostic pathway and support GPs to make suspected cancer referrals. Supported by Health Innovation East, C The Signs is implemented in 35 GP practices in Ipswich and East Suffolk. 

Evolve Learning
Evolve provides NHS middle management targeted learning & development, delivered on an e-learning platform in engaging video based bitesize courses to enable and motivate them to be more effective future leaders for a healthier NHS. It has been supported by Health Innovation Network South London.

Florence is an app that connects healthcare organisations directly to health and care professionals and helps them fill their shifts instantly.   With more than 130,000 long term vacancies across the NHS and 165,000 in social care, health and care providers are struggling to run a workforce that is increasingly reliant on temporary staffing, Florence is trying to tackle the workforce crisis with its technology.  Florence is supported by DigitalHealth.London.

Strata Health
Strata’s Pathways platform provides end to end tailored pathway management for patients across a whole ICS footprint. This enables healthcare professions to review services that are a best fit for patients before making a referral and ensures that the referral progress can be tracked in real time. Using pathways cuts referral time and results in less rejected referrals due to patients not being eligible for the service. 

inicio health
inicio health offer clinically-led, patient-focused solutions to optimise clinical pathways and patient outcomes whilst enhancing staff experience. 

C2-Ai is helping hospitals to improve patient safety, by providing globally unique AI-backed insights that can help to reduce mortality and complication risk and clinical outcomes variation by risk stratifying patients waiting for surgery. A pilot in the North West Coast has resulted in saving 125 excess bed-days per 1,000 patients on the PTL, due to less harm being caused and fewer unplanned admissions. There was also up to 15 minutes consultant administrative time saved per patient per triage, which can be used for clinical duties; as well as a 27% reduction in 52-week waiters during the first six weeks of deployment. C2-Ai’s business has been incubated in Cheshire and Merseyside from the beginning. Health Innovation North West Coast has supported its journey into the NHS and has introduced C2-Ai to local clinical, operational, and executive teams who have bought into the value of C2-Ai’s tools.

Cogniss is a no-code platform for the design, build and distribution of patient-facing digital health apps. Cogniss allows any individual, group or organisation to create their own digital health technologies without the need for any technical knowledge or developers.
Health Innovation East have partnered with Cogniss to develop the Digital Health Innovation Hub and Programme – encouraging digital innovation from SME’s, innovators and clinical entrepreneurs. 

PocDoc is a digital app-based cardiovascular (CVD) screening test that includes the 6 lipid marker panel, QRISK3 and heart age, calculated in 10 minutes using a tablet or device either at home or in the community.  Health Innovation North East North Cumbria has been supporting this innovation by liaising with several organisations in the area to offer health checks using PocDoc. This project can identify people who haven’t attended their annual health check in the most deprived communities and aims to overcome barriers to accessing cholesterol testing by offering tests at home and in community locations. Over 4,000 patients have had a health check with PocDoc® undertaken including over 500 personnel from Cleveland Police. More than 15% of these patients were referred to their GP.


DocHQ Physiotherapy offers a solution with remote physiotherapy assessments and personalised treatment plans, with real-time movement guidance and corrective feedback.  It is regulated as a Class I medical device. Musculoskeletal issues affect 20% of the UK population, costing the NHS over £5 billion annually. Integrating seamlessly into NHS workflows, DocHQ Physiotherapy provides scalable, efficient, and accessible care. Ongoing research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), has demonstrated a high patient adherence rate of over 90%, significantly surpassing the typical 25-40% adherence rates observed across the UK.

The N-Tidal Diagnose medical device delivers quick, accurate, AI powered point-of-care COPD diagnosis. It takes ten minutes to train any healthcare professional to administer the test, making it feasible to deploy rapidly, at scale, across a range of healthcare settings including GP practices, community pharmacies, Community Diagnostic Centres.

CyberLiver integrates in-depth clinical hepatic research with cutting-edge sensor technology, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for better outcomes. Their scalable digital medicine platform offers personalised care through real-time monitoring, diagnosis, treatment, and management for a wide range of liver disease indications. The company currently has “AlcoChange” for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD) and “CirrhoCare” for managing decompensated cirrhosis. With these technologies, CyberLiver aims to arrest or reverse the progression of liver disease, thereby improving patients’ quality of life and alleviating the strain on the healthcare system. Cyberliver is supported through the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator programme. The company is also an alumnus of the DigitalHealth.London Evidence Generation Bootcamp programme.

Maldaba Ltd
Maldaba is a multi-award-winning UK software development company specialising in web/mobile applications for the public/not-for-profit sectors. Maldaba’s latest product support GPs to improve Annual Health Checks for people with a learning disability. 

Supported by Health Innovation Wessex, Lifelight is a pioneering vital signs technology and has been integrated into the myGP app by iPlato, empowering 3 million app users to better understand hypertension (high blood pressure) and obtain indicative estimates of their blood pressure via their mobile devices. Lifelight enables easy checking of blood pressure at home, using on-screen instructions.  As well as providing fast vital signs estimates, one of the key benefits of Lifelight is the user experience – no uncomfortable cuff, no need to undress, no wearables – users simply look at their smartphone screen for 40 seconds.

Butterfly Network
Butterfly’s mission is to make medical imaging available to everyone around the world. They have an ultrasound platform which can be integrated into clinical and administrative infrastructure and various ultrasound products which include a hand-held device for bladder screening. They’ve been supported by Health Innovation West Midlands.

The team at Earswitch have developed a device to detect oxygen levels from the inner ear-canal, which is not pigmented irrespective of the person’s skin colour. This has the potential to provide an innovative and equitable approach to oxygen level monitoring, with better quality readings and using a location where the device is better tolerated and less prone to being dislodged than conventional finger clip devices. Health Innovation West of England have supported EarSwitch with value proposition development and support for funding bids.

Find out more about some of our industry partners who will be presenting on the stand:

Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme (CEP)
CEP delivered by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), is a free entrepreneurial work force development programme aimed at NHS staff and healthcare professionals.

The programme is part of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC).

Life Sciences Hub Wales
Life Sciences Hub Wales supports collaboration between innovators, NHS Wales, social care and academia accelerating the development and adoption of innovation. It is also a NHS Innovation Service partner, mentioned below.

NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)
The NIA is an NHS England Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) initiative delivered in partnership with England’s 15 Health Innovation Networks, hosted at UCLPartners.

The NIA offers a dual focus on developing the individual through a bespoke learning programme as well as supporting the innovation to spread.

NHS Innovation Service
The NHS Innovation Service is a free service which gives innovators access to tailored, end-to-end support from expert partner organisations through a single coordinated platform. The service helps to increase and accelerate the uptake of impactful innovations into the NHS and social care by providing innovators with information and coordinated support.

The service is partnered with 11 industry expert organisations, including the Health Innovation Network.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare
SBRI Healthcare accelerates innovative technologies in the NHS and the wider health and social care system, tackling unmet health and care needs by providing funding and support to early-stage projects.

The programme is funded by the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) and the NHS, and is supported by the Health Innovation Network.


 *NHS staff go free.

Want to book a slot with an innovation expert?
Experts from the Health Innovation Network will be on hand at the event to provide advice and support for anyone looking to understand more about how to develop, build, and scale innovations within the NHS.

If you want to hear from panels of experts from across the health innovation ecosystem, who will be exploring what makes innovation work, and how we can all work together to make it easier to do, you can join one of our panel sessions. Explore the full Innovation Zone agenda here.

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