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In Hackathons, health, Journal

It was my privilege to be part of a hackathon by NHS England’s Chief Scientific Officer and supported by the Innovation Agency, this health hackathons took place on 13th and 14th July 2016, right in the heart of Liverpool.

The Healthcare Scientists are amazing and I wish everyone could see what work they do behind the scenes to keep our health system working and bringing the latest in scientific research. You can find out more by this short video.

imageA Hackathon is an event in which people with different backgrounds and expertise form teams, collaborate within a limited time frame, and focus on a specific problem or idea in healthcare to come up with innovative, disruptive ideas and solutions. By bringing together diverse minds, alike in their interest for solving healthcare’s biggest challenges, problems can be diagnosed from multiple different perspectives.

The hackathon theme was Care Homes and as a mentor walking around listening to those who work in care homes, the staff have a lot of pressure and I have a new founded respect for them. The event had close to 200 participants from all different backgrounds including those who use care homes.

The outcome of two well organised and full on days working with people on solutions they felt in their power to change, showed how much can be done together. From over stocking of medicine to projects that had computer vision in a door bell that told you who was at the door.

I had the honour of mentoring a group called “Team sense and sensibility” who won the event. Well done team. This team focused on making sure that everyone felt human as they come through the door and got a consultation about what they needed. Focusing initially on audiology and getting a process right around that they saw they could then introduce other things like dental etc. Such a simple task but much needed.


Listen to below to learn more about their project from this podcast.




I am looking forward to seeing more of these with new care models team and would love to see how we could maybe do one in the actual setting.

My battery died as some of the teams got presenting. You can view what I captured below from the tweets/periscope.



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