A mental health app co-designed by young people and clinicians at NELFT NHS Foundation Trust has scooped the Award for Digital Innovation at the 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards. The Awards, coordinated by DigitalHealth.London and supported by NHS England, recognise the leadership and forward-thinking of those driving innovation and sustainability within the NHS in London.

More than 50,000 children and young people turned to NSPCC’s Childline last year because of a serious mental health problem, and the Department of Health’s Five Year Forward View has highlighted access to preventative support for young people as a priority. MyMind was created to meet this growing need for better adolescent mental health care; the app signposts users to approved advice and support, enables them to manage their recovery journey with appointment reminders and access to care plans, and has video messaging technology to encourage communication with their clinicians.

MyMind, branded a digital revolution in children’s mental health, was one of three category winners announced by Juliet Bauer, Director of Digital Experience at NHS England, at today’s DigitalHealth.London/collaborate event, attended by over 120 NHS leaders.

  • Sarah Newcombe, Clinical Site Practitioner at Great Ormond Street Hospital, picked up the Award for Digital Leadership for her implementation of a communications platform configured to each patient’s clinical profile to alert clinicians to deteriorating children.
  • Stephanie Mansell, a Consultant Physiotherapist at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, was named winner of the Award for Sustainability through Digital for introducing modem technology to remotely monitor compliance and adjust prescriptions for patients receiving non-invasive ventilation (NIV) at home.

Find out more about the winners and finalists here: http://digitalhealth.london/digital-pioneer-award-winners/

Emma Selby, Clinical Nurse Specialist at NELFT, who led the MyMind app project team, said:

“We are delighted to have been recognised as an NHS Digital Pioneer Award winner. The MyMind app offers preventative support and improved communication for children and young people suffering with mental health concerns. Putting young people at the heart of the design process has resulted in technology that does exactly what they asked for, alongside meeting clinicians’ needs and expectations.”

Yinka Makinde, Programme Director at DigitalHealth.London, commented:

“The MyMind app is a wonderful demonstration of experience based co-design. The functionality of the MyMind app, enabling young service users to complete their own outcome measures and instant message with clinicians, all whilst automatically updating the electronic patient record, is truly innovative.

“DigitalHealth.London is delighted to recognise NELFT’s MyMind app project team, alongside all of our winners and finalists, for their drive, commitment and forward-thinking approach to transforming healthcare delivery, through the inaugural NHS Digital Pioneer Awards. We look forward to showcasing their ongoing work and further progression throughout the year ahead.”

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Editor’s notes

1. You can find out more about the MyMind app here: http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/my-mind

2. The 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards are coordinated by DigitalHealth.London, and supported by NHS England, London’s three Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – Health Innovation Network, Imperial College Health Partners, and UCLPartners – and MedCity.

3. The winners and finalists of the 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards are individuals or teams working within London’s NHS organisations, who have identified a problem with how care or training is delivered to their colleagues, patients and carers. Each has taken the initiative to seek out or develop from scratch, digital innovations which have the potential to transform the problem area they have identified.

4. The 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards were presented at the DigitalHealth.London/collaborate event – Why tomorrow’s patient needs a digital NHS. Hosted by DigitalHealth.London on 22 February 2017, this event was attended by 120 NHS leaders across London. Its aim was to inform and stimulate NHS leaders’ thinking on topical issues relating to digital transformation.

5. DigitalHealth.London is a collaboration between the three London Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – Imperial College Health Partners, UCLPartners, and the Health Innovation Network – MedCity and NHS England, with strong support from the three London Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) and the Mayor of London.

6. DigitalHealth.London was set up in response to a recommendation from the London Health Commission. The programme launched in February 2016 with a key vision: to accelerate the adoption of digital innovation across health and care to improve patient and population outcomes and experience, and supporting a sustainable future NHS.

7. For more information, visit DigitalHealth.London or follow @DHealthLDN on Twitter.