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Our Innovation Test Bed
Improving the lives of those with long term conditions, dementia and those that care for them.
We were one of seven initiatives that received funding to be an innovation test bed. This means that health and social care organisations in our region could collaborate with researchers and the technology sector to pioneer and evaluate the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which will help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.

The Care City innovation test bed focussed around innovations intended to promote healthy ageing; Older people living with long-term conditions, dementia and carer resilience.

The data extracted from the Test Bed has been used to understand the benefits of each innovation, where successful assist with implementation and ultimately feedback to a health and social care system to enable it to become good at defining, identifying, implementing, testing and sharing innovation.

Our Innovation Partnerships

Cluster 1 - Long term conditions

Kinesis - predictive analytics using accelerometer data from mobility assessments and other patient data to quantify the risk of falling;

AliveCor - a device for use with smartphones to record electrocardiograms and, employing algorithms, identify normal sinus rhythm, atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias that warrant further investigation.

GaitSmart - digital sensor technology that measures gait kinematics. Test results generate a targeted exercise programme for the individual and are given at regular intervals to monitor changes and provide personal motivation.

Cluster 2 - Dementia

Join Dementia Research - a web-based tool designed to increase the participation in dementia research;

Health Unlocked - supported, web based “communities” intended to provide peer support and peer education, boosting self-management.

Cluster 3 - Carer resilience

Canary Care – a set of motion sensors and door sensors placed around the home to identify deviations in the activities of a client and to send alerts to that client’s carers if the data suggest, for instance, that an external door has been left open, the client is not using the kitchen, the client is not spending the night in their bedroom, or the client has fallen.

St Bernard – wearable technology for people with dementia that aims to facilitate prolonged independent living by providing carers with an alert if the client leaves an agreed “safe area”.

Our Achievements

One Stop AF Clinic

Implementation of a model of rapid referral to a One Stop Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Clinic to improve patient access to appropriate treatment and management of AF.

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KardiaMobile Technology

Commitment from BHR Provider Alliance to roll out KardiaMobile technology and transform the pathway of care for AF across the Boroughs of Barking, Havering and Redbridge.

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KardiaMobile & Kinesis Blueprints

Development of Blueprints for KardiaMobile and Kinesis, showing the pathway from Set up to Intervention and the stakeholders involved in the process.


Service Integration

The North East London Foundation Trust Havering Memory Service and Join Dementia Research teams are working on ways to integrate the service into core clinical practice, with an aim to achieve the Dementia 2020 target of 25% of newly diagnosed people with dementia registering on Join Dementia Research

Canary Care

We are working with the London Borough of Redbridge and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to pilot Canary Care with their discharge and re-ablement teams.

What our patients, GPs, Pharmacies and the health & care system think

Download our case studies below and use the link below to get in contact with Care City.

Participant in Community Pharmacy falls prevention pilot, Waltham Forest.

The falls classes were very good, very good...I feel a lot better for it, I’m stronger and my balance has improved a lot.


Mrs Smith
Carer using Canary Care for her elderly mother, Essex.

It’s good peace of mind; it’s great to be able to keep an eye on where she is and what she is doing


Participant in community pharmacy atrial fibrillation screening pilot with rapid referral to a One Stop AF Clinic Leyton

I wasn’t really worried about my heart before so it’s worth having these things done as its better to be safe than sorry.


Community Pharmacist using Kardia Mobile to detect atrial fibrillation in the community Waltham Forest

We care for people and this pilot shows that and proves we can be more of a clinical part of the community.


Nurse specialist, One Stop atrial fibrillation (AF) Clinic Waltham Forest

“It’s all about stroke prevention. As soon as we get them on the right medication the better.


What taking part in the test-bed means

Meet the Care City Team