Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA)

Who is involved?

  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Morecambe Bay Health Community Vanguard
  • Fylde Coast Vanguard
  • Lancaster Health Hub (membership consists of 7 NHS organisations, 2 Vanguards, Lancaster University (LU), University of Cumbria, and Healthwatch Lancashire)
  • Lancaster University
  • Philips
  • UMotif
  • NHSSimple
  • Intelesant
  • Speakset
  • Cambridge Cognition
  • The Tinder Foundation
  • Simple Telehealth
  • Ixico

Patient population size

Our Test Bed will work with a subset of the frail elderly population with dementia in the Lancashire and Cumbria geography, which collectively encompasses a total population of 1.4m people.


Our Health and Care Test Bed will see the NHS, including two New Care Model Vanguard sites, partner with Philips and a number of SMEs and social enterprises to support the frail elderly and people with long term conditions to remain well outside of hospital and avoid unnecessary admissions.  It will test new approaches to identifying patients that can benefit from additional support and help them to self-care at home through improved education and telehealth technologies.

The Lancaster Health Hub’s (LHH) provides a readymade network to increase the impact of innovation initiatives in the NHS. We have chosen to work closely with Philips as the key technology partner, complemented with a range of SMEs, third sector and VCFS organisations to deliver a joined up approach to innovation across the area and ensure that good practice in relation to innovations is shared between partners. As ‘Vanguard Sites’ (health economies that have been selected to test out new models of care) the health and social care services in the Fylde Coast and Morecambe Bay areas provide a real world, change ready environment for innovative ideas to be tested, with Philips and LU working to determine the health economics impact.

Our proposed joint approach will improve health outcomes and aims to achieve economic efficiencies by either maintaining or reducing overall costs. For the target population we will focus on improving their ability primarily to self-care at home through education, increased involvement of third sector and VCFS organisations in providing support and integrating physical and mental health care. The joint contribution of partner organisations will increase the reach and complement the NHS’s health and wellbeing work, through the involvement of local communities/groups in developing and delivering improvements. We will support the prevention of ill health and work to improve the wellbeing of communities by developing effective systems for the early detection and management of deterioration in the health/capabilities of people whether they are already recognised as ill or not and embed a co-design approach to identify and develop further innovations aimed at addressing these issues.