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North Devon’s health app pioneers exhibit at national conference highlighting innovative projects

An award-winning website developed by the stroke and neuro rehab team at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is on show at a national conference this week.

Mytherappy is one of twelve initiatives that has been chosen for the provider showcase exhibit at the annual NHS Providers conference, which is being held at the ICC Birmingham this week (7-8 November).

At the conference, health professionals will discuss how NHS organisations are responding to current challenges. The provider showcase features some of the most innovative work happening in the NHS right now.

The stroke and neuro rehab team launched the mytherappy website (www.my-therappy.co.uk) one year ago. The app review website is the first of its kind in the UK, helping patients, carers and clinicians find the best apps to help with rehabilitation and recovery following a stroke or brain injury. It is now being used by clinicians and patients across the UK and worldwide.

The exhibit, ‘mytherappy: tried and tested apps for recovery’, will include demonstrations of some of the top-rated apps, and discussions about how the team developed an app testing network and testing criteria, and the benefits that patients have experienced so far.

Ruth Siewruk, advanced practitioner occupational therapist for neuro and stroke, said: “I am delighted that we’ve been chosen to exhibit at the NHS Providers conference, which is known nationally as an event where NHS organisations can share learning, celebrate success and be inspired by pioneering projects.

“We want to empower patients to manage their health in the way that is right for them, and this website helps those who are recovering from a stroke or brain injury to do exactly that.”

The idea for mytherappy was born from patients wanting to know whether apps could help with their recovery, and if there was a source of clinically recommended apps. The team set up a network of app testers, which includes patients and their carers, and clinical specialists in stroke, neurology and head injuries, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, nurses, psychologists, and support workers.

The recommended apps are featured on the mytherappy website. The apps come with a star rating and user feedback, and are categorised depending on what they can help with.

This is the latest in a year of achievements for the team since the launch of the mytherappy website. In March, they were shortlisted for an Advancing Healthcare Award, and in July they won an Academy of Fab NHS Stuff Award for working as a team to solve a problem. They are in the running to be named the overall winner for this category in the annual Academy of Fab NHS Stuff Awards – they will find out if they have won this month.