Challenge 6 Update

Hi all GeniUS York Community,

A quick update on the latest challenge following the Synergy Surgery: Creative Health event on June 8th – June 9th. The weekend long event took participants through inspirational talks and facilitated small group working before culminating in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style session where groups pitched for funding to take their idea to pilot stage. The GeniUS team are very pleased with the outcomes of the event and the potential for the projects moving forward.

In the run up to the event we envisaged that Synergy Surgery would facilitate cross collaboration between those involved in healthcare industries and creative digital innovators. Through creating an ‘Innovation Overlap’ between the creative and healthcare industries, the aim of the event was to explore and develop solutions to some local healthcare challenges. So, after two days of cross collaboration two group projects from the weekend were given the green light from City of York Council for funding from the Delivery and Innovation Fund (DIF).

Your comments, ideas and suggestions over the last 6 weeks on here for improving healthcare services in York were collated before the event and used as the starting point for the over fifty delegates to work on in their groups over the weekend. The groups worked on these challenges, developed their ideas and presented their mini-pitches for all delegates on Saturday evening.

By the Sunday of the event there were five groups in the running. The first group was called Performance and was all about connecting with mental health sufferers. The next group came up with a plan for a new pharmacy model bringing together digital info as well as prescriptions. Group 3 came up a plan for improving healthcare services with the emphasis on self-management and a digital solution. Group 4 was called 'Health Spark' and they came up with an idea for a digital platform to respond to challenges to local healthcare. Talking Head was the final group and their idea was an online interactive consultant to improve the NHS Direct Service.

With their pitches refined the five groups presented their projects for the judging panel of Kersten England, CEO of City of York Council, Gordon Cooney, Performance Director with York NHS Teaching Hospital and Dr. Paul Edmondson Jones, Director of Public Health with City of York Council. After some fantastic presentations, Health Spark and Talking Head were the groups given the green light for funding! The 3 other projects still have huge potential and with some tweaks they could be in a place to secure DIF funding also. Further discussions will happen as a means to moving them forward.

Already the work has begun on the projects given the green light for funding. The team have met members of the Health Spark group since the event and they are already in the feasibility stage. We will be updating as to latest on the projects moving forward so keep an eye on here.


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  • Hi, I have just been sent a link of an excellent pdf article by Harvard Business School, titled "5 imperatives: addressing healthcare's innovative challenge". You can access this article from my twiiter post today @drkinkam

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