SBRI Healthcare has awarded £99,420 to getUBetter, a platform that helps people self-manage lower back pain. The funding will help getUbetter modify their existing technology to further develop the platform.

Through getUBetter, patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions can benefit from access to personalised self-management, prevention and wellness strategies that are integrated across the platform, including advice, guidance, videos, exercises and a symptom checker.

getUBetter aims to produce a scalable NHS-compliant platform to give patients instant access to personalised recovery programmes for a range of MSK conditions through a single app. The platform also advises patients when and where to seek help.

Dr Carey Mcclellan, Founder and CEO of getUBetter commented: “we are delighted and excited to have been awarded this contract which has been supported by SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England initiative, led by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs).

“The contact has enabled us to develop our existing technology to produce a scalable NHS-compliant digital MSK and occupational health self-management platform. Crucially, it helps us deliver a highly innovative solution that is acceptable and relevant to patients, their families and health workers by ensuring co-design with all our stakeholders”

Carey was in the first cohort of graduates from our Health Innovation Programme and has received support from the West of England AHSN in developing getUBetter.

About SBRI Healthcare funding

SBRI Healthcare works with businesses to identify, co-create and develop innovative health tech solutions for the NHS by launching a series of competitions geared around solving specific healthcare challenges. The most recent competition in July 2018 called for innovations to tackle musculoskeletal disorders and improve oral health.

SBRI Healthcare has awarded £1.25 million to help fund the development of thirteen separate innovations relating to musculoskeletal disorder and dentistry, oral health and oral cancers. In addition to this initial investment, SBRI Healthcare will support the projects by providing consultancy services, including support with the development of prototypes and access to clinical trials. This will help ensure these innovations are swiftly adopted by the NHS.

Karen Livingstone, National Director of SBRI Healthcare, commented: “We are excited to support these companies through the early stages of product development and to help ensure that their innovations find their way into our hospitals as quickly as possible. All of these projects have the potential to have a significant impact on patient outcomes and to alleviate cost and time pressures on the NHS. Fast-tracking their development should therefore be welcome news for both patients and clinicians alike.”

Posted on March 1, 2019

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