Our programme ensures that we are putting businesses that are improving health outcomes, at the heart of health and care.
To achieve our overall goal, we must ensure that businesses with innovative solutions are supported through our programme and given access to health and care markets.
Our expert team, through bespoke one-to-one assistance, support businesses in demonstrating their product’s practical and commercial benefits through real-world validation.
Find out who they are.
Andy is Health Matters’ commercial programme manager. Passionate about helping businesses create innovative healthcare solutions, he works with partners at Liverpool John Moores University and Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region’s Growth Company to support SMEs in the region to bring marketable, practical, and commercial products to the NHS and social care market.
Having worked in the public and private sectors, he’s be involved in delivering multi-million-pound projects ranging from a Carbon Management programme; the Building Schools for the Future programme and overseeing the Greater Manchester PACS Picture Archiving and Communications System. As a result, he is well equipped to support businesses in overcoming the challenges they may face when moving through the product development process.
Hannah is the Sector Manager for Health and Life Sciences for Growth Platform – the Liverpool City Region Growth Company and the Innovation Agency. She also provides executive support for the Health and Life Science Board managed by the Local Enterprise Partnership.
She works alongside colleagues within the region to support and develop the Health and Life Sciences sector with a focus on business growth, inward investment, collaboration/networking support, and wider strategic initiatives.
Having previously worked at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, supporting Innovation within the Trust, and working with partners around the ERDF funded programme Health Innovation Exchange, Hannah has a wealth of knowledge in supporting businesses to recognise their potential and seize growth opportunities in the industry.
Dr Rafaela Ganga
Dr Rafaela Ganga is a Senior Research Fellow for Health Matters and is the lead researcher on the real-world validation of health innovations. As an expert on multi-site ethnography, mix-methods and policy analysis, she is interested in helping businesses apply a range of research methods to understand the real health and commercial benefits of their innovations.
She led close to 1 million worth of research and consultancy for academia, health, private sector, and from central to local governments across the UK, Europe, Brazil, and China.
Her experience has previously seen her as the lead researcher on the ‘Crossing Boundaries’ project, exploring the value and impact of a museum-led dementia awareness programme, in collaboration with National Museums Liverpool. She was awarded a Global Challenge Research Fund (The Value of Museums in Meeting the Global Dementia Challenge), and a Newton Fund Visiting Researcher UK-China. She was the Co-Investigator of the EPSRC-funded NewMind Network Plus ‘Developing an Artificial Intelligence Empathy Agent’. Furthermore, she is Newton Prize Reviewer, UNESCO UK National Expert, European Commission Expert in Digital Cultural Heritage, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.
Dr Rafaela works closely with businesses to validate the claimed benefits of innovation and optimise their evidence-driven journey.
Dr Grahame Smith
Dr Grahame Smith is the Project Manager for Health Matters, a mental health nursing academic, founder and director of the Centre for Collaborative Innovation in Dementia, an accredited health Living Lab – European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
Since 2012, Dr Smith has worked in partnership with both national and international partners on a number of multi-million-pound funded research-to-innovation projects. The focus of these projects has moved the centre from working exclusively within the dementia space to embracing the wider challenges of health and social care. The cornerstone of this partnership work has been the use of the Living Lab, which has co-created and supported businesses to bring products to the health and social care market.
As a methodological pragmatist, Dr Smith has used various research methodologies within a Living Lab context. The approaches used within this context are always flexible to the needs of business and of course, always driven by the needs of the product user.
Dr Mustafa Ali
Mustafa Ali is currently working as a health economist for the Health Matters project at Liverpool John Moores University.
He aims to use his expertise in helping businesses maximize their efficiencies by appraising and forecasting cost effectiveness vis a vis traditional scenarios. His skills and experience involve the use of a host of instruments and methodologies which can now be applied to meet the unique demands of each individual company. Mustafa has a wide consultancy experience in the industry where he first worked as technical sales and marketing lead and later as an economist and a strategist. For his research, he received funding worth USD 60,000 from the prestigious National Science Foundation of China (NSFC). After completing his PhD in 2016 he went to work on at-least four different multidisciplinary projects in South Asia, China and Europe which have led to over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
His future research interests include machine learning and deep learning applications for health policy optimization and sustainability transitions.
Dr Grant Stanley
DR Grant Stanley isa Research Fellow in the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) Faculty of Health Living Lab. He previously supported small-medium size enterprises (SMEs) to co-create health innovations as part of the European Research Development Fund (ERDF) Health Innovation Exchange (HIE).
Presently for the EDRF Liverpool City Region (LCR) Health Matters project, Dr Stanley is the Evaluation Co-ordinator facilitating the real-world validation of regional SMEs’ innovative health and social care products by the Living Labs experienced evaluation team.
He has a keen personal interest in health and well-being and volunteers to disseminate emerging research for a support group for the SDH-RA SDH-Deficient Cancers Research Advocates (GISTs, Pheos/Paras, RCC, Rare tumours).
His professional and academic background in special educational needs (SEN) underpins his approach to life and professional modus operandi.
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