CareLoop Health is focused on developing & deploying digital therapeutics for severe mental illness

Digital therapeutics are evidence based, rigorously tested software solutions that work independently or in concert with traditional medicines, to treat, manage and prevent illness

Our story

CareLoop Health is the result of countless hours of research and development within academic and clinical settings. We are the culmination of the efforts of patients, clinicians, researchers, funding organisations and supporters, all of whom share our vision of using digital technology and data insights to improve outcomes for people living with severe mental illness.

A spin-out of the University of Manchester, the company maintains strong links with its academic heritage and is proud of its relationships within the NHS in the UK. University of Manchester
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An Idea is Born
CareLoop Health founders conceive the idea of using a smartphone for remote symptom monitoring under the research name ClinTouch
New Best Practice Methodology
Process of experience-driven design developed by Dr Caroline Sanders for co-production with patients for optimised user experience
Conception to Reality part 1
Publication of our first randomised controlled trial funded by the Medical Research Council successfully evaluates proof of concept
Conception to Reality part 2
Our second randomised controlled trial into the feasibility of remote symptom monitoring with predictive analytics is published
Recovery Support part 1
Proof of concept randomised controlled trial for proactive CBT in psychosis delivered via an app, funded by the Medical Research Council
Help for New Parents
CareLoop PND developed with obstetricians to detect postnatal depression earlier and more reliably
Prediction Build-in
Feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of prediction and blended care model, funded by the National Institute for Health Research
Recovery Support part 2a
Randomised controlled trial published for app delivering CBT for psychosis
A New Name in Healthcare Technology
CareLoop Health launches
Professor Shôn Lewis
MD FMedSci
Chief Medical Officer & co-Inventor
A psychiatrist for over 30 years, Shôn’s keen interest in the use of digital technology within mental health was the genesis of CareLoop Health. He trained at the Maudsley Hospital and has worked within the NHS throughout his career. His many accolades include the platinum clinical excellence award for contribution to the NHS.
Zoë Blake
Chief Executive Officer
Zoë is our Chief Executive Officer, before joining CareLoop Health she served as CEO of the digital mental health platform Kooth (previously XenZone). Zoë is a seasoned business leader with over 25 years leading dynamic teams operating in fast changing, innovation lead organisations.
Professor John Ainsworth
Chief Product Officer & co-Inventor
John is Chief Product Officer at CareLoop Health. A software engineering veteran with a career spanning commercial R&D and academia. John is Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Manchester and was the Director of the Centre for Health Informatics. Since 2009 he has undertaken pioneering research into the use of smartphones in mental health for connected care.

Scientific Advisors

Sandra Bucci

Chief Science Officer & co-Inventor

Professor Bucci is the first ever NIHR Research Professor in Digital Mental Health in the UK, Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH). With over 20 years clinical experience working with people with complex mental health needs, Sandra is also co-Director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit in GMMH.

Sandra is the inventor of Actissist, a CBT app for psychosis and is recognised as a pioneering world leader in digital health interventions in SMI. She has been recognised as one of the “Top 30 Women in Science” and holds a vast number of competitive research grants as Principal Investigator from all the major research funders in the UK, including the National Institute of Health Research, Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council. She is Editor-in-Chief of the British Psychological Society Journal Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

At The University of Manchester, Sandra leads a programme of research focused on developing digital solutions for people with severe mental health problems. Her primary research interests are in developing digital care pathways and using remote monitoring and intervention methods to improve detection and treatment of severe mental health problems. She is also interested in understanding the psychological and social mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of severe mental health problems.

Pauline Whelan

Chief Technology Officer

Digital Health Technical Lead at University of Manchester and Digital Director of GM.Digital at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Whelan is a computer scientist with over 20 years’ experience in both commercial and academic settings. Having started her career in software development for multinational companies, her postgraduate studies in Psychology and Policy led her to the field of digital health. Today, Pauline is the Digital Health Technical Lead at the University of Manchester responsible for a portfolio of digital health products. In this role she led the development team of CFHealthHub, a digital health platform to support people with Cystic Fibrosis; the platform is now in use in more than 60% of adult Cystic Fibrosis centres in the UK.

Dr Whelan is the Digital Director of the GM Digital Unit at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust focusing on the design, evaluation and implementation of digital mental health solutions for real-world clinical delivery.