Cardiff Met students develop app for the care sector

A group of design students at Cardiff Metropolitan University has created an innovative health app as part of the Care Innovation Challenge,

The aim of the challenge is to find technological solutions to the latest trends and challenges faced by healthcare providers across the UK.

Olly Webb, Verity Moorehouse and Alex Whelan travelled to Wimbledon to represent their university at the competition. They successfully made it through to the next stage.

Their app attempts to improve low-staff retention rates by boosting connectivity between supervisors and workers. It provides instant feedback, motivation and guidance tools.

Impressed with the concept, the judges handed the team a £500 development fund and provided them with two mentors. Over the next few weeks, they’ll develop their idea and consult with care providers.

They’ve also pitched to the Department of Health and Social Care and visited the National Care Forum, where they were able to network with over 300 CEOs, managers and influencers in the sector.

Talking about their journey, the students said: “We couldn’t have imagined how quickly things would have developed when we first travelled to the Care Innovation Challenge weekend hackathon back in February.

“The process has been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience with a range of people from different disciplines working together to try to solve the big issues in the care sector.

“We are now focused on getting our product to market and are in discussions with care providers and app developers.

“We are all very excited about what the future holds and the opportunity we have been given to make a positive difference to the care sector.”

Dr Clara Watkins, head of design at the university, added: “The accomplishments of the team are a testament to both their creativity and commitment to seeing a project through from beginning to end.

“We are immensely proud of what they have achieved thus far and will be certain to support their endeavours as they head into the next stage of this promising enterprise.”