The centre is accredited Living Lab which works on research-to-innovation activities through facilitating users/citizen to engage in co-creation process.
The Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Collaborative Innovation in Dementia is well-established living lab accredited through the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). The centre is actively working on research-to-innovation activities through facilitating users/citizen to engage in a phased co-creation process.
The HELIUM project recognises there is a need across EU regions to increase the sustainability of healthcare systems that address societal challenges through innovation. The Centre is also closely working with citizen and developed product through research to innovation.
The aim of the centre is to facilitate the interaction and engagement between citizens/users, SMEs/Business, academics/researcher and health and social care professionals. Specific objectives of the centre are:
• To design and develop user-centric care in real life setting. It is advocating user-centric innovation within the Liverpool City Region Health Ecosystem.
• To works on research-to-innovation activities.
• To develop ways of working (living lab) that ensures that people living with specific health condition are central to the development of new technologies and new solutions.
• To actively collaborate with interested partners that engaged open and sustainable innovation.
• To work with business/SMEs, providers and commissioners of health, and citizens.

Resources needed

The Centre is funded through different funding sources such as European funds, consultancy/commercial work, research contracts, and product evaluation.
The centre require to following resources:
• £72 K per year
• 1 Centre lead
• 1 Researcher (50%)
• 1 Living lab coordinator (full time)

Evidence of success

The living lab approach developed through the Innovate Dementia project support over 13 products/practices to market.
For example;
• one ‘city’ dementia strategy.
• Two app (House memories app & The ReMind app)
• one blueprint/model for a dementia bungalow
• A dynamic lighting system for people with dementia
• ‘living well’ with dementia films
• Travel app for people living with dementia
• Pharmacy packaging including ‘smart’ blister packs
• One integrated ‘care pathway’ for depress

Difficulties encountered

It is in the developing stage. A sustainable funding model is currently being developed.

Potential for learning or transfer

The Centre has enabled diverse sets of users to collaborate meaningfully within the health innovation field.
• Working with individuals with multiple health conditions is an additional challenge however the flexibility of pragmatic approach, a living lab, addresses these challenges. The centre is actively engaging users from an early stage of the co-creation process phase, due to the active participation from the initial phase, citizens feel ownership in the development of a product/practice and are more likely to use the product/practice.
• The centre use a quadruple helix model for innovation to facilitate exchange of ideas and technologies, between academia, citizens, health and social care (including Local Authorities and NHS) and industry/business to bring the new product or practice. Various stakeholders, from industrial partners to users and research organizations interact to co-create and evaluate a certain process, product or service within the living lab ecosystem.

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Main institution
Liverpool John Moores University
Outer London - West and North West, United Kingdom
Start Date
May 2013
End Date


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