To develop evidence-based digital health technologies which promote self-management and improve outcomes of mental health problems.
To empower people to monitor and manage their own health
We set up a Social Enterprise Company because we believe this approach will deliver the biggest gain for helping with mental health problems. Rather than limit our products for use within an academic setting, we want to improve our ability to make our products available beyond the research context. That’s why we set up a social enterprise company, to ensure that we can support further research and develop new products that enhance the ClinTouch technology so that it can help people with long-term and enduring health problems.
2009: Team develop first prototype for ClinTouch in sms and Android smartphone formats.
2010: First Medical Research Council (MRC) grant funds expansion of the programme with further functionality, beta testing, field trials and first randomised trials. We use “experience-driven design”, including people with SMI in all aspects of development.
2012: Second successful MRC grant enabled software systems to be further developed. Fully functional end-to-end solution for remote monitoring embedded in a care service built and tested. The system provides real time information to care coordinators and clinical teams on a client’s progress. In addition, it gives real time alerts if a client shows personalised early warning signs for relapse, allowing for very early intervention to avert this.
2014: In-depth randomised, controlled trial was conducted with 80 service users registered across two NHS clinical care teams in Manchester and South London to examine the benefit of the ClinTouch-Integrated management system over routine care. This detailed roll out and evaluation of the system provided evidence of: i) safety, feasibility, acceptability and validity of the system when embedded in routine clinical practice; ii) clinical benefit for mental health symptoms particularly for those at the early stage of psychosis; iii) functional ability to pick up an individual’s early warning signs.
Commercial and market appraisal by Prism Ideas Ltd
This is a game changer. If initiated across the national health, it would massively change the picture of mental health...the way clinicians work, the outcomes for clients, everything
Prism Ideas Ltd
It will transform our ability to provide good quality care
Care Coordinator, NHS CMHT
I think patterns will be interesting if people did use it in the way it was intended to see if there’s any, sort of, seasonal differences or dips and highs throughout the week, throughout the month, around a particular event.
Care Coordinator, NHS CMHT
But it’s empowering clients, isn’t it [referring to the app]? It’s about empowerment…. And that is part of recovery
Affigo.io is a social enterprise company (Community Interest Company) limited by guarantee. The Directors have been involved in various stages from inception, through growth and development of our products. Our team is comprised of national and international leading clinicians, academics and expert software engineers, based at The University of Manchester, UK.
Professor Shôn Lewis is Professor of Adult Psychiatry at The University of Manchester, UK and a consultant psychiatrist with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. He is an internationally leading researcher and clinician in severe mental health problems, with over 200 published academic papers. Professor Lewis represents Affigo.io in face-to-face meetings with potential customers. He is the head of Affigo.io research and funding opportunities, and is the Clinical Safety Officer.
John Ainsworth is Professor of Informatics at the University of Manchester. He has wide experience in the Industry sector as well as in academia. He is Deputy Director of the MRC-funded Health e-Research Centre (HERC). Prof Ainsworth is Affigo’s head of software engineering operations and oversees management of the company.
Sandra Bucci is Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester. She is an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Prof Bucci is an internationally-leading researcher in psychological interventions for psychosis and has worked around the world as a practicing Clinical Psychologist and clinical academic, with nearly 20 years experience in mental health.
Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell has wide experience of health research governance and regulatory issues and managing clinical trials. She is a qualified PRINCE 2 Project Manager and Affigo.io company secretary. Charlotte is responsible for administrative tasks and the day to day running of Affigo.io and is the central point of contact for potential customers.