A programme for talented people with remarkable ideas that will positively impact on our communities and young people’s mental health.
Create Open Health is a development programme for companies with an idea for a tech or digital solution for mental health challenges, run in partnership with West of England Academic Health Science Network, The Wellcome Trust and Off the Record.
Create Open Health was put together to discover talented people with remarkable ideas that will positively impact on our communities and young people’s mental health.
Applicants have been given the chance to build on their ideas during an intensive two day development bootcamp and hackathon – with technical expertise provided to develop the digital tech behind the idea. Applicants have also received guidance in implementing their idea within the healthcare industry or network such as the NHS, guidance on financing their idea, and ongoing support in the form of technical and business development expertise.
West of England Academic Health Science Network
The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) brings together all the key players innovating health and care in the region. It is one of 15 AHSNs across the country, established by NHS England in 2013.
Since its launch, The West of England AHSN’s priority has been to work across organisational and geographical boundaries, involving its entire network in both development and delivery to drive transformation that is based on genuine need, is successfully embedded and sustainable. The West of England AHSN’s is a whole-system, collaborative approach and it has spent considerable time growing its ‘innovation ecosystem’, connecting and brokering relationships that encompass patients and carers, industry and academia, and health and care professionals.
The Wellcome Trust is the UK’s leading global charitable foundation supporting scientists and researchers. The Wellcome Trust will provide up to £5 billion on research between 2015 and 2020, with roughly 20% of this funding currently spent in international settings.
Off the Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. OTR isn’t just a charity providing mental health services, it’s a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people. OTR provides information and support around wellbeing, including group work, sessions in schools and colleges, and one-to-one therapeutic support.