London contributes over £2 billion to the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) annually. It has the potential to create even more life science jobs and be more like other global cities.
We aim to create 50,000 new jobs in the digital health sector and ensure that innovations help Londoners stay healthy and manage their conditions.
Supporting Londoners through digital mental wellbeing services
Over recent months, the London Digital Mental Wellbeing project has been collaboratively commissioned by all London CCGs and the majority of London boroughs. London will be the first city in the world to develop this type of project at scale. This preventative city-wide service will enable Londoners to self-assess and manage their own mental wellbeing via advice, peer-to-peer support, virtual communities and online support. Evaluation is an integral part of this project and will contribute to the emerging evidence base on digital interventions to support wellbeing.
Promoting London as a global destination for digital health
MedCity, the GLA and London’s three academic health science networks (AHSNs) are codesigning an approach for digital health to support London’s role as a global centre for the development and uptake of digital health technologies. This approach will build on London’s world class assets to accelerate innovation and the adoption of digital healthcare solutions by health and social care providers across the city for the benefit of Londoners.
Accelerating digital health innovations and commercialisationMedcity, the GLA and London’s three AHSNs have applied for substantial European funding to establish a Digital Health Accelerator. The accelerator will support digital health small and medium enterprises by:
– providing collocation and coordination support
– encouraging early pilots and product validation, by providing access to health economics and
– providing access to a network of digital health entrepreneurs, investors and corporates.
Creating an international dementia research institute in London
The Mayor has supported national efforts on dementia by calling for the government and private sector to come together and fund an international dementia research institute. A GLA-commissioned investment case showed that this could contribute £850 million to the UK economy and create nearly 2,000 jobs. Leading pharmaceutical companies and charities have shown their support for the concept, which they believe would bring together the disciplines and expertise needed to speed up progress in tackling dementia.
Improving clinical research in London
The partnership between MedCity, Academic Health Science Networks and the London National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) aims to give life science industry customers a ‘pan-London, connected’ view of clinical research capabilities and to simplify access to these capabilities.
The partnership is working with key research centres in London to produce case studies that demonstrate London’s clinical research strengths, capabilities and value. MedCity has led significant work in collating commercial research activity in London over the last three years. These data show a growth in commercial clinical trials in London over this period and that almost two thirds of commercial trials conducted through the NIHR CRN take place in London.