Connected Health Cities

The Connected Health Cities pilot project in the North West Coast is being delivered by the Innovation Agency.



Our aims through Connected Health Cities are to:

  1. Make information available to front-line staff in timely ways that enable them to better plan and review the care they offer; and develop new and more effective pathways
  2. Harness the power of data and data analytics by collecting, linking and collating data from health and social care and eventually from a wide range of other sources – finding new ways to use data to transform care
  3. Support industry and academia and others in using data to conduct research that both improves understanding of health care efficiency and effectiveness and enables new techniques, ideas and organisational forms to be tested
  4. Create a sharing environment that enlists the trust and active involvement of North West Coast citizens

By connecting the information and knowledge held by the NHS, social care and other local authority services, systems can be planned and delivered more effectively.

In the North West Coast, this exciting programme is being delivered by a core group of organisations - the Innovation Agency; AIMES Grid Services, a community interest company providing a data centre; the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University; and clinical colleagues across the NHS. We are also developing a structured programme of patient and public involvement, which includes the setting up of a ‘Senate’ of interested citizens and patients who will help to inform new pathways in relation to alcohol and unplanned care.

In the first instance, we will be developing our approaches in preventing and treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and alcohol related illnesses.


Watch this short film from Healthy Liverpool which explains how sharing your records between health and social care organisations can make a real difference to patient care and wellbeing. 



Development of learning system for unplanned care


For people with long terms conditions such as COPD and epilepsy, better coordinated health and social care should improve patient outcomes and efficiency, reduce emergency department attendances, hospital admissions and duration of stay. It is likely that solutions in exemplar chronic diseases like COPD and epilepsy will be transferable to other conditions.


Those who do attend emergency departments will have more coordinated onward access to community, social and out-patient services. This whole approach will improve clinical outcomes, avoid harm and reduce admissions to emergency departments.


Development of learning system for alcohol


There are more than 60 diverse conditions linked to alcohol misuse; they involve multiple pathways and place a major burden on the NHS. These alcohol related health problems are often accompanied by complex social issues involving unemployment, reliance on benefits, poor housing and homelessness; family issues such as safeguarding of children and domestic violence; plus road traffic accidents and crime.


Improving the way information is collected, analysed and shared between agencies and service users will bring opportunities for new ways to respond collectively. Front-line teams will have better, more timely access to information which will inform point-of-care decisions and service planning.


Launching Connected Health Cities

Learn more about this important programme of work from our 8th Ecosystem event which was dedicated to Connected Health Cities. 

Watch the speaker presentations from ECO8 here.

No time for video? Listen to the presentation podcasts here.


Meet the team

Dr Liz Mear: Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency and Chair of the North West Coast Connected Health Cities (CHC) Board

Dr Phil Jennings: Innovation Agency Medical Director

Dr Amanda Lamb: CHC Operations Director

Dr Julia Reynolds: CHC Associate Director

Debbie Parkinson: Patient and Public Involvement Lead

Helen Speed: Data Sharing Agreements between Organisations Lead

John McGovern: Access to Data Lead


AIMES Grid Services - lead for infrastructure

Dennis Kehoe: Chief Executive

Marie Messenger: Project Manager



Andrew Attwood: Technical Architect

Richard Spragg: Technical Director




University of Liverpool

Dr Keith Bodger: Gastroenterologist and Lead for Alcohol

Professor Tony Marson: Neurologist and Lead for Emergency Unplanned Care (COPD)


Lancaster University

Nick King

Dr Jo Knight

Professor Jon Whittle


Contact information:

Tel:  01772 520 263


You can find out more by visiting the Connected Health Cities website