Ehealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC)

eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC)

EPIC is a collaborative project partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund with additional financial support from the South West Academic Health Science Network. University of Plymouth and partners aim to improve the use of eHealth in Cornwall.

We aim to improve the use of technology in both health and social care hoping:

  • to improve health and wellbeing of people in Cornwall 
  • and improve the Cornish economy in this sector. 

The EPIC project started in May 2017 for three years.

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EPIC – the project

Watch our short animation video describing the approach of the EPIC project

What do we mean by 'eHealth'?

By 'eHealth' we mean any digital technology that can help with health and wellbeing. This will include apps and programs such as for personal use by people (e.g. trying to lose weight, increase exercise etc), apps for clinicians, programs such as Skype and FaceTime, websites for cognitive behavioural therapy.

But it also includes sensors and devices such as alarms about environment or if someone falls, trackers for fitness or for people with dementia, or around a hospital. It also includes use of robotics such as Paro the ‘comfort’ seal for people with dementia, Giraff telepresence, and humanoid robotics such as Pepper.

First EPIC Conference and launch of Challenge Fund

The first EPIC project conference was held on 1 November 2017 at Truro’s Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre with the team delighted to welcome more than 120 people who attended the event – including representatives from the county’s major health and social care organisations and the clinical community and participants from the original workshops.

The conference also saw the launch of the project's £600,000 Challenge Fund which will be used to help Cornish companies tackle the challenge identified within the eight project workshops held across Cornwall in September 2017.

For more information about the event, and to download copies of the programme and presentations made on the day, please follow the link below.

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We have several upcoming events:

  • 17 April – Kernow Health Nursing Conference – Newquay, Sands Resort Hotel - 10:45 – 13:45
  • 24 April – Digital Technologies and Care Homes – Lanhydrock House – 9:30 – 15:40 

  • 4 May – Plymouth Dementia Conference – Plymouth Guildhall - 8:00 – 16:00
  • 16 May – EPIC Roadshow with iSight Cornwall – Helston, Old Cattle Market - 11:30 – 15:30
  • 23 May – EPIC Roadshow with West Cornwall Community Rehab Team – Helston Community Hospital – 11:00 – 12:30
  • 6 June – EPIC Roadshow with the Community Rynners - Penryn Community Centre – 13:00 – 15:00
  • 21 June – EPIC Roadshow with Kehelland Trust – Kehelland – 13:30 – 16:00
  • 28 June – EPIC Workshop – Isles of Scilly - Wesleyan Chapel
  • 23 July – EPIC Roadshow with St Just Memory Café – 14:00 – 16:00

University of Plymouth core team

Human computer interaction and app development

Commissioning and sustainability


Evaluation (PhD students)

  • Zoe Doran (Supervisors: Arunangsu Chatterjee, Craig Newman, Ray Jones)
  • Clare Wyatt (Supervisors: Ray Jones, Sheena Asthana, Jon May)

Our collaborators

Previous webinars

Webinar one

This was the first of a series of webinars for the eHealth Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) project. This gave an overview of the project including a commentary by Anna Mankee-Williams from Falmouth University.

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Webinar two

This was very similar to the first webinar (so was not recorded), giving an overview of the EPIC project including a commentary by Anna Mankee-Williams from Falmouth University.

Webinar three

This explained the EPIC project but in particular looked at the involvement of SMEs. It included presentations by Paul Upton (Ultramed), Robert Salvoni (Bluefruit and Software Cornwall), and Joanne Evans (Creative England, part of the EPIC team).

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Webinar four

After an update on the EPIC project this webinar focused especially on General Practice and included presentations by Dr Rehan Symonds (Oak Tree Surgery) and Nigel May (East Cornwall Patient Participation Groups).

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Webinar five

Webinar five focused particularly on eHealth at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust and featured presentations by Frazer Underwood and Simon Goodwin. Katie Edwards from the EPIC team gave an update on the local workshops held across Cornwall during September.

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Webinar six

This was the last of this series of general introductory webinars about EPIC. A new series of webinars run by Creative England aimed at SMEs will be starting soon – find out more information.

The main focus of webinar six was the use of eHealth by Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, and the use of eHealth in the community. Speakers included Dr Rohit Shankar.

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