Nesta's work in health
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The health and care system we rely on today was created for a very different time; now, people are living for longer, with lifelong conditions. With a focus on treating people in the short term, the health and care system is not set up to support and empower people to be healthy in the long term.

At Nesta we want to create a health and care system that empowers people to lead healthier and happier lives. That’s why we’re committed to using people power, making smarter use of new technology and data and new innovation methods.

People power

Health and care is about much more than medicine. People are healthier and recover faster when they feel part of something bigger, when their social health needs are met, and not just their clinical needs. This means having positive relationships and being part of a community where people share experiences and support one another.

Read more about our people power work with Lambeth mental health services, the charity Penny Brohn UK, Stroke Association peer support groups and The Cares Family.

Smarter use of technology and data

We believe that smart use of digital technology and data can also empower people to lead healthier and happier lives. It can create new insights for health and care professionals, researchers and policymakers, to enable more proactive and personalised care and support.

Read more about how we’re making smarter use of technology and data with transformative apps like Owise and GoodSAM.

New innovation methods

To improve our services and our health, evidence shows that we need to bring together a wider range of people to test new ideas and find better ways of doing things. This is why we are constantly testing new innovative methods that are more collaborative and inclusive of citizens and frontline staff.

Read more about our new innovation methods, like the 100 Day Challenge, our support of social movements and our investments in health innovations.

Join us

We are bringing these ideas to life through a combination of cutting-edge research, experiments, practical projects and grant funding, and we’re always interested in collaborating with others, so please get in touch if you’d like to work with us. See our interactive timeline to find out about 10 years of Nesta's work in health.

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