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​The Mayor of London's Civic Innovation Challenge

The NHS in Southwark is partnering with the Greater London Authority on The Mayor of London Civic Innovation Challenge, the Mayor’s flagship innovation programme.

The programme will match startups and SMEs with London’s leading corporates and public organisations to solve some of city’s biggest challenges.

Among the projects being developed is a digital archive of material to be used in reminiscence therapy, to alleviate the most distressing symptoms of dementia – specifically designed for Londoners of a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background. This therapy uses video, audio and images to trigger long-term memories in dementia patients but currently services tend to only be relevant to white Londoners.

Dr Daniel Harwood , Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We hope that by working with people from local black and minority ethnic populations to develop resources, we can help carers of people with dementia and our services to provide person centred support which, takes into account the person’s story, their culture and history.

We also hope that the work may improve awareness of dementia in local BAME populations and that this in turn may improve the number of people being able to access help at an earlier stage in the future.”

If you’re a startup or SME that could help us tackle this challenge make sure to apply here -

Applications close on Sunday 8 July 2018.

​The Mayor of London's Civic Innovation Challenge