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Create Open Health 2021

A project to initiate positive change for those affected by bladder and bowel conditions.

Bladder and bowel conditions are very common in the UK, affecting more than one in five people. More common than hay fever, we know that the symptoms can significantly affect everyday lives.

As part of our open innovation programme, Create Open Health, we are working in partnership with the Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT)*.

The Create Open Health programme was launched in 2019 as an ‘open innovation’ initiative, in order to find new entrepreneurial talent with digital ideas, solutions or products to address key challenges faced by the NHS.

Now in its second run, and in partnership with the BABCON HIT, our combined aim is to develop a positive solution with the potential to make a real difference to the lives of those people living with a bladder or bowel condition.

As with any healthcare innovation challenge, the starting point is always understanding the problem. We do this by engaging with those affected, in order to gather insight about the challenges they face and the ambitions they have, living directly, or indirectly, with the condition.

Get involved – come to one of our forthcoming events

If you, or someone you care for, is affected by bladder and bowel conditions, then we invite you to join one of our Voices for Change workshops. We are initially organising these as online and events in October, where you can share your experiences with experts. During the workshop, and with your permission, we will create written statements and illustrations, to document the challenges and bring them to life. Sign up below.

Voices for Change workshops (online)

Date: Tue 19 October | Time: 1.30pm – 3pm

Date: Wed 20 October | Time: 9.30am – 11am

Date: Wed 20 October | Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Register for your place here.


Voices for Change workshop (face-to-face)

We are also planning to hold a face-to-face workshop: the date and details of which will be available here soon. In the mean time, please email us at if you’d like to find out more or express interest in attending.

What happens next?

These workshops play a vital part in the Create Open Health innovation process. The insights and experience participants share will help guide the ideas and creativity in the right direction from the very start. The statements will help inform future initiatives as well as the next stages of the Create Open Health programme as we explore innovative healthcare solutions to the challenges identified.

For more information, please email


This work is being delivered in partnership with the BABCON HIT and Disruptive Thinking.

* The BABCON HIT is one of Bristol Health Partner Academic Health Science Centre’s  Health Integration Teams (HITs), created to take a whole system approach to bladder and bowel continence. Read here about the new CONfidence app launched by the BABCON HIT in June 2021.

Disruptive Thinking is a business consultancy providing programme delivery in innovative sectors including digital, media and tech startups.

The inaugural Create Open Health programme, which took place in 2019, focussed on solutions to help build resilience in young people to support their mental health. You can read more about this work here.