Liverpool Business Forum Member Dave Burrows has been selected by NIA. After a rigorous selection process which included a review by NICE (National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence) and a collegiate of over 100 assessors Damibu’s Healthcare app CATCH has been selected to join the prestigious nationally-celebrated NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA).

CATCH which is Common Approach to Children’s Health is a mobile app designed to Increase confidence in parents to self-care for children, before using NHS services. Currently available in Cheshire East and Halton it has now been selected as one of only 11 innovations through the country to join the nationally-celebrated NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA)

The Innovation Agency is the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast.

The NIA is an NHS England Initiative delivered in partnership with the Country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), hosted by UCLPartners. It supports delivery of the Five Year Forward View (FYFV) by accelerating uptake of high impact innovations for patient, population and NHS staff benefit, and providing real time practical insights on spread to inform national strategy.

Dave Burrows, CEO of Damibu, said:

“The Damibu team are really excited about the possibilities that joining the NIA family has to offer. Damibu is already known within the North West for its health innovations, as shown by our North-West Excellence Supply Award we won last month.
Being selected for the NIA gives us a springboard to spread our innovations nationally. We intend to make the most of this unique opportunity.”

Damibu is a Liverpool based health technology studio that works with the NHS and Public Sector organisations to develop simple innovative solutions to complex problems. Find out more at:

You can see the app at: Once you download the app, you can create profiles for your children, using their name, gender and date of birth or due date. CATCH will then provide you with a list of health articles most relevant to your child’s age, tailored to suit them as they grow. You can ‘favourite’ articles too, to keep the ones of interest to you close at hand.

Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive said:

“Modern medicine is on the cusp of a huge shift in how care is delivered, and practical innovations like these show how NHS patients will now directly benefit. More tests and patient monitoring will be done at home or on the move, without the need to pitch up to a doctor’s appointment or hospital outpatients.”

The Innovation Agency has supported Damibu to spread their innovations in the North West Coast. Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Damibu has been selected for this prestigious NHS programme. We have been supporting Damibu for some time and I’m proud that we’ve been able to help them reach this stage; I’m sure they will now experience a boost in the spread of their innovations.”

At Liverpool Business Forum we congratulate Dave on this success. We have already seen the success of previous apps such as ‘Grow a Group’ enabling communities to benefit from ‘in kind’ giving and this one is on the path to rapid growth.


Dave Burrows is a member of Liverpool Business Forum.