The West of England AHSN is inviting organisations from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to submit proposals for funding between £500 and £10,000 to strengthen links with public contributors and encourage innovation using hyvr– the online social media platform for healthcare.

hyvr has been developed by the West of England AHSN as a platform where users can discuss innovations and health related issues with like-minded people in groups called ‘hives’. Ongoing dialogue on hyvr between the public and other collaborators will seek to accelerate the development of new and relevant healthcare initiatives including products, gadgets and new ways of working, as well as a forum for any health or care topic discussion.

Successful proposals will achieve four objectives:

  1. Benefit the applying organisation(s) in supporting a strategic aim(s).
  2. Provide sufficient numbers of users on the hyvr platform to determine its efficacy as a networking tool.
  3. Strengthen links with public contributors putting them at the heart of the innovation process.
  4. Support innovators to engage directly with public contributors.

Applications are open until 5pm on 21st February 2019. Full details including application guidance and schedule are available to download here.