30 Apr 2020

Graduate startup selected for NHS-Government initiative to tackle social isolation during Covid-19

A telecare company founded by a Loughborough University graduate has been selected for Techforce 19 – an NHS and Government-led initiative to find digital solutions to support the vulnerable, elderly or self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scoring each innovation on solution feasibility, company credibility, impact, and digital maturity, Alcuris’ Memohub® is one of 18 innovations chosen from 1,600 applications for fast-track testing in the hope of national roll-out to tackle the effects of social isolation.

Memohub® detects individual’s daily living patterns using wireless sensors across the home to learn what is normal, enabling it to accurately highlight when something is out of the ordinary before a situation escalates to a crisis.  It is the only telecare system that combines a certified social alarm system, activity monitoring, health device integration and carer logging in a single product.

Alcuris’ founder, Alex Nash, was studying Product Design Engineering at Loughborough University when his grandfather developed dementia in 2015. He knew that the right technology could help, but it had to meet the needs of individuals, families and Local Authorities. Applying his engineering skills to develop a future-proof technology, Alex launched Alcuris at LUSEP, the University’s Science and Enterprise Park, where it now has a workforce of 15 and over £2M investment.

In February, just as the Covid-19 outbreak escalated in China, Alcuris began full scale production of Memohub® to fulfil existing orders with Local Authorities that had trialled the system. Moving manufacturing to Arista Electrical Systems in High Wycombe has enabled Alcuris to continue production within safe guidelines and deliver 100s of extra units for the Techforce19 fast-track test phase to demonstrate how Memohub® could be deployed specifically to meet Covid-19 needs.

During the Techforce19 test phase, Alcuris is partnering with Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), East Lothian HSCP, South Tyneside Council, and Stockton on Tees Borough Council. This will be followed by an assessment to better understand the potential and scope for accelerated deployment at scale, based on evidence.

Alex Nash

Shaun Taylor, OneCall Registered Manager, Stockton on Tees Borough Council said:

“OneCall are delighted to be partnering Alcuris in a project designed to look after the client’s wellbeing, reduce family anxiety and help Adult Social Care get a clearer understanding of the individuals care needs in these unprecedented, most challenging of times”  

Alex Nash, Alcuris Managing Director, said:

“We are thrilled with the outcome of the selection process and are excited to be working with NHSX, its partners and our Service Provider partners on the next phase of the Techforce19 project.

We look forward to making our contribution to support older and vulnerable people, their families, and Social Care during the Covid19 crisis.

 I am immensely proud of the Alcuris team who have been developing the Memo Hub and Next Generation Telecare services over the last two years.”

Professor Tracy Bhamra, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Science and Enterprise Park lead said:

“Alcuris is a valued member of the innovation community and the health and well-being cluster at LUSEP and the University. I am delighted that Alex and the team’s achievements have been recognised through Techforce19. I wish them every success.”

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