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Health app designer shortlisted for Health Service Journal Rising Star award

Posted on September 4th 2016

Dr Craig Newman, Mobile Health Tech Innovation Lead at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has been shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the prestigious Health Services Journal (HSJ) Awards 2016. The HSJ awards recognise, celebrate and promote the finest achievements in the NHS across 23 categories.

Craig’s nomination recognises his impressive achievements in the development of health apps, which are of positive benefit to clinicians and patients worldwide.

As part of the PenCLAHRC supported NeuroCoRe project, Craig was instrumental in the development of ACEmobile - a free-to-use mobile technology-based app that supports the assessment of dementia, worldwide and was the first of its kind.

The app guides users through the gold-standard Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE-III), one of the most popular and commonly-used paper and pencil screening tools for dementia. Designed by clinicians for clinicians, ACEmobile collects secure and anonymised data, allowing the team to improve our understanding of dementia and our ability to detect it earlier. It also automatically calculates patients’ scores and creates a report to go into their medical records.

Two years on from the launch of ACEmobile, Craig is now developing a new app resource based on it, called MiniACE. MiniACE takes the questionnaire aspect of ACEmobile and combines it with its score/data gathering and analysis system. As a result, MiniACE will become a useful tool for GPs and others in a primary care environment to assess their patients for dementia – resulting in earlier diagnosis for even more people.

Craig has also developed an award-wining app in EpSMon (Epilepsy Self-Monitor), launched last year in conjunction with epilepsy charity SUDEP Action, Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. He currently has a wide range of apps under development, in areas including; epilepsy in children, Parkinson’s disease, headache management and chronic pain.

Craig said:

“It is a great honour to be shortlisted for this award, and my thanks go to those who have nominated me and supported me in my work. In an environment where health professionals are under intense scrutiny and pressure to diagnose accurately, health apps are becoming valuable and essential tools. Accurate diagnoses are not just good news for patients – they are also vital in ensuring that health service research resources are deployed appropriately.”

Professor Robert Sneyd, Dean of Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, commented:

“We are extraordinarily proud of Craig’s achievements and we are delighted that he has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award – it is greatly deserved. As an organisation training and developing the health professionals of tomorrow it is entirely appropriate that a member of our team has been recognised for his work in developing what is undoubtedly the technology at the centre of innovations in diagnosis and self-care.”

Dr Phil Hughes, Medical Director of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, added:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Craig and is real recognition of the innovative work benefiting both clinicians and patients. We really wish Craig all the best at the awards.”



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