Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) approached us in 2021 to support their objective of reducing rates of obesity, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes in young people and adults with autism and/or learning disabilities. The innovation was initially implemented in 5 care homes and supported patients, their carers’ and clinical and social care teams to prioritise care.
We were able to conduct clinician-supported focus groups to understand the needs of service users and designed proactive and reactive functionality. This included the development of a library of proactive support strategies to grow and progress independent living skills working with people with medium and complex learning disabilities, including immersive learning techniques.
The output of the project was a completely voice-activated and voice-controlled service user environment to access the app via smartphone, smart speakers or on a tablet.
Over 9 in 10 participants who were invited to join activated the service and 83% reported weight loss at 26-weeks.