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EPSRC Reference: EP/X031012/1
Title: Northern Health Futures Hub
Principal Investigator: Durrant, Professor AC
Other Investigators:
Craig, Professor D Donovan, Dr T Hodge, Mr J
Yemm, Dr H Bull, Dr C Cadman, Ms S
McMeekin, Professor P J Soomro, Professor N Godfrey, Dr A
Castellani, Professor B Murray, Professor JC Obara, Professor B
Lievesley, Mr M Bacardit, Professor J Missier, Professor P
Bambra, Professor CL Phillipson, Professor J Isaacs, Professor JD
Corfe, Professor BM Watson, Professor P Forshaw, Dr MJ
Rand, Professor V Del Din, Dr S Lendrem, Dr BC
Taylor-Beswick, Dr A M L Graham, Professor YNH Hand, Professor A
Pain, Mr T Sims, Dr A J Go Jefferies, Dr JK
Corner, Professor L Shum, Dr H Kirk, Professor D
Kolehmainen, Dr N Sillence, Dr E Clarke, Professor CL
Price, Professor C Brittain, Professor K Finch, Professor T
Wilson, Professor RG McGarry, Dr KJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Amazon Web Services (UK) apoQlar GmbH Cambridge Future Tech Ltd
Carlisle Youth Zone Centre for Process Innovation CPI (UK) CNTW NHS Foundation Trust
Cobalt Data Centres Ltd Collaborative Newcastle Conception X Limited
County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust Department of Health and Social Care Directors of Adult Social Services
Dynamo Northeast Fuse (Ctr for Translational Research) Health Education England
Healthworks IBM UK Ltd International Centre for Life Trust
Invest Newcastle Jumping Rivers Ltd Microsoft
Motivait Holdings Limited Newcastle City Council NHS Business Services Authority
NHS North East and North Cumbria North East and North Cumbria AHSN North of Tyne Combined Authority
Northern Health Science Alliance Ltd Northstar Ventures Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundat Trust
Recovery College Collective Red Hat, Inc (UK) Siemens Healthineers
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundtn Trust South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS FT Sunderland Software City
SYS Systems Limited TEC Services Association (TSA) Tees Valley Combined Authority
VONNE (Voluntary Org Network North East) Ways to Wellness Limited Youth Focus: North East
Department: Sch of Computing
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 November 2023 Ends: 31 October 2026 Value (£): 3,359,256
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Human-Computer Interactions Information & Knowledge Mgmt
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
21 Feb 2023 Digital Health Hubs Interview Panel Announced
18 Jan 2023 Digital Health Hubs Prioritisation Panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The Northern Health Futures (NortHFutures) hub aims to create a world-leading healthcare technology (health-tech) development ecosystem. This will address unmet health needs and inequalities by supporting: inclusive digital skills training and sharing; research, innovation and entrepreneurship, enabled by digital design. Based in the North East and North Cumbria (NENC), with national and global reach, NortHFutures will support underserved communities, as it is known that national disparity of investment in NENC negatively impacts population health and wellbeing, and that a 'levelling up' of investment is needed to stimulate socio-economic and cultural growth for all, to encourage living and ageing well.

NortHFutures builds upon the joined-up NENC approach to people-powered digital health innovation, as our regional Integrated Care Board (ICB) uniquely involves local authorities, communities, and citizens. Academic team members have a research track record that is stakeholder-involved and civic- and community-engaged. They are world-leading on understanding (i) health inequalities from medical, social, and design perspectives, and (ii) the opportunities for enrichment and enablement related to ageing well, connecting rural and urban populations, and pioneering applications of data science. In the pilot phase, we draw on this specialist expertise to address evidenced unmet health needs in NENC, (which have national and global importance): children and young people's health and nutrition; mental health and wellbeing; development of digital surgical pathways (for monitoring patient journeys beyond the hospital); living well with multiple long-term conditions.

We combine the strengths and resources of 6 universities (Newcastle, Cumbria, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside), bringing regional investment in NIHR services, facilities and Applied Research Collaborations, plus National Innovation Centres for Ageing (NICA), Data (NICD) and Rural Enterprise (NICRE), National Horizons Centre (NHC), EPSRC Digital Economy programmes in data and digital citizens, and Health Data Research UK, the UK's national institute for health data science. NortHFutures supports new planned Centres, including Northumbria's Centre for Health & Social Equity and Cumbria's new campus and medical school. These University offers combine with an extensive partner network, including: ICB-NENC, 7 NHS Trusts, NHS Business Services Authority, Department of Health and Social Care, Health Education England; VCSE organisations delivering community-based services; industry partners - from SMEs to global tech giants; civic bodies such as Local and Combined Authorities; existing health research networks (e.g. AHSN-NENC, Newcastle Health Innovation Partnership); and innovation accelerators (e.g. Innovation SuperNetwork). Through an integrated, regional approach uniting this consortium for the first time, NortHFutures ambitiously aims to establish global leadership in Digital Health.

To deliver this we will develop a supportive community infrastructure. We will co-design a digital brokerage service to connect and amplify partners' work, to offer and consume expertise, services and facilities (supporting acceleration of health-tech companies at differing tech-readiness levels). We will pioneer a Live Digital Health Databank, to explore, and train for, advanced healthcare data analytics, combining live data flows with care records (e.g. Great North Care Record). This will support personalised health diagnostics and interventions, giving our hub a unique value proposition to companies wishing to explore advanced data technologies. We will invest in Extended Reality pilots, to open up possibilities for clinical practice and service delivery. Our approaches will embed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and Patient and Public Engagement (PPIE) throughout, to deliver health-tech that supports care beyond the hospital and is co-designed with end-users.
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