Supporting patient-powered health

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is working with Mindwave Ventures to develop an interactive website called Healthlocker. Developed in consultation with over 450 patients, carers, clinicians, and researchers, the website allows users to take an active role in their recovery and wellbeing.

Through Healthlocker, service users can access parts of their health record including their care plan. They can also keep track of how they are feeling, create goals, and monitor their progress. Users and their carers can also choose to share information with their clinical team. Healthlocker also provides information and advice on managing health and wellbeing.

With a growing demand for mental health services, Healthlocker has the potential to help people self-manage their conditions both inside and outside of the ward or clinic—supporting those on waiting lists and reducing re-admissions. It will also improve clinical care by providing high-quality, real-time patient data and offering a more holistic view of the individual. Researchers will also benefit from more accurate, anonymous data that can be used to improve the lives of millions of people.

A full launch of Healthlocker in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is expected in 2017. The platform is being developed in Open Source so that it can be made available to other NHS trusts and organisations to use and develop further.  The project is supported by the Maudsley Charity.