A Liverpool-based company has developed and spread two apps among a number of health and care providers, and is co-creating four more following support from the Innovation Agency, the AHSN for the North West Coast.

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By Damibu


CATCH is a health information service for parents of children under five. Evidence shows that it has reduced demand on emergency departments in Eastern Cheshire.

House of Memories is a digital reminiscence app for people living with dementia. 

A continuation of the 'House of Memories' work with National Museums Liverpool to support people living with dementia resulted in a successful SBRI bid with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Wales, to develop an ‘AboutAbility’ platform. 

Another online project, TeamScreen, evolved from an Innovation Agency sponsored hackathon at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital involving Clinical Entrepreneur Hannah Lonsdale. This resulted in funding from EIT Health.

How did the Innovation Exchange help?

The Innovation Agency has been providing support since 2014 in the form of advice, introductions, submission reviews, funding opportunities and bid reviews.

With support from the Innovation Agency, Damibu has transformed from a state of no NHS engagement, to a position where its managing director Dave Burrows is a fellow of the NHS Innovation Accelerator.

Support from the Innovation Agency has also led directly to £274,000 in funding for multiple projects.

For the CATCH service and app, the Innovation Agency connected the company to health and care providers and a health economics resource; provided access to NHS teams including as NHS Shared Business Services; introduced them to national leaders including NHS England Director of Strategy and Innovation Ian Dodge; provided opportunities to present at North West Coast digital ecosystem events and to have an AHSN Network exhibitor place at the Health and Care Expo 2017.

National spread is being supported by all AHSNs and through the AHSN Network’s Patient Safety Collaboratives.


Impact & Outcomes


A grant was made through the Innovation Agency’s Transformation Through Innovation Fund, to spread the CATCH app. The app is now live in seven CCGs in the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which has been achieved through collaboration with the region’s Women and Children’s Services Vanguard. The STP has committed to rolling out CATCH more broadly within it's remit.

Figures from the CATCH app’s survey suggest that CATCH is having a significant impact, as 56 per cent of those completing the questionnaire said they had chosen self-care rather than attending A&E with their child since downloading the app. The findings are in line with statistics for the four months to 31 January 2018 which show that the number of 0 to 5 year olds in East Cheshire discharged from A&E with nothing but basic information and advice was 473, or 220 fewer than for the same four months in 2015/16 – before the app was launched.

House of Memories

As at May 2018, there were 24,520 downloads in the UK and globally; and more than 12,000 participants have attended the training from the North West, North East, Midlands and the South East.

Independent evaluations have shown that impact indicators include:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of dementia
  • Skills development including listening, communication and empathy
  • Improved capacity for individual and collective critical, reflective care practice
  • Confidence in trying new approaches to dementia care
  • Improved knowledge, skills and access in relation to memory activities
  • Appreciation of creative and interactive training approach
  • Enhanced appreciation of the relevance and value of museums in dementia care. 

Damibu won the North West Excellence in Supply Award for Innovation 2017 and was shortlisted for the HSJ Award 2017 – Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information.

Innovate UK funding has been awarded to further develop Damibu Feeds – a unique technology to improve management and syndication of online content. Feeds allows organisations to curate their own unique resource by aggregating ‘trusted’ data sources into custom information Feeds. These Feeds can then be delivered via any online technology: websites, mobile apps, voice (Alexa, Siri) or Internet of Things devices.

Liverpool CCG is currently deploying Feeds on 62 GP Surgery websites. Citizens will benefit by receiving up to date information on Covid-19 and service changes.

Damibu has also won funding in the ‘business-led innovation in response to global disruption’ competition related to Covid-19.