New app created by experts at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to support people living with HIV

2 August 2016


BeYou+ is an innovative mHealth application for people living with HIV, providing self-management strategies to improve health and well-being. BeYou+ provides HIV specific information in a reliable and accessible way, enabling users to focus on being healthy, living well and achieving personal goals.

The app is the brainchild of Darren Brown, a specialist Physiotherapist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with content provided by HIV experts from across the HIV service including Kobler Clinic, 56 Dean Street, John Hunter Clinic, 10 Hammersmith Broadway and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. BeYou+ was funded and developed by hospital charity CW+ together with its technology partner Imagineear.

The HIV specific information in BeYou+ is separated into three sections – body, mind and life. Over 40 sub-sections provide helpful advice, guidance and links to external resources on the Internet specific to the user’s requirements.  BeYou+ also provides practical tools to support self-management including: setting personalised goals; inputting health and medication information; setting reminders that sync with the user’s calendar; and many other functionalities. Users are sent daily reminders to support achieving their goals and can receive reward videos upon success. The app secures patient confidentiality with a personalised four-digit passcode to access the app. All data is stored on the device and not shared with anyone else.

Darren says: “I am delighted that people living with HIV are now able to use BeYou+ to focus on being healthy, living well and achieving meaningful goals. To have specific, reliable, up-to-date information provided in a convenient and accessible way, means users can access what they need, when they want it, with the aim to improve self-management skills, quality of life and general well-being. I am passionate about my work and the people I work with on a daily basis, so I am really excited that my idea has been transformed into BeYou+”.

BeYou+ was part-funded through an initiative between CW+ and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, called the Enterprising Health Partnership, which was match funded by Imagineear. The Enterprising Health initiative funds and supports innovative ideas from hospital staff which will make a real difference to patients' lives and which generate revenue or real cost savings for the hospital.  

BeYou+ is available to download on Apple and Android devices. For more information and to watch a short video about BeYou+, please visit www.cwplus.org.uk/beyouplus, www.twitter.com/BeYouPlus or www.facebook.com/BeYouPlus

For media enquiries, please contact Sarah Holland, Communications Manager at CW+, on Sarah.Holland@cwplus.org.uk or 020 3315 6610

Notes to editors

About CW+

CW+ is the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We exist to make care better for patients and their families.

From our base at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital we bring together pioneering research, innovation, art and design to transform the experience and outcomes for thousands of people every day - in our hospital, in the wider community and internationally.

We do this by:

  • Raising funds for education, training and ground-breaking research to identify new life saving treatments and illness prevention for babies, children and adults.
  • Delivering an award-winning art and design programme to transform the hospital environment and experience for patients, families, volunteers and staff.
  • Investing in financially sustainable innovations, facilities and technologies which improve clinical outcomes for patients.

About Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust runs two main hospitals:

  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  • West Middlesex University Hospital

We also offer a range of community-based services, including our award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics across London. With 5,000 staff caring for nearly one million people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, we provide a range a specialist clinical services as well as general hospital services for people living locally, which include A&E and maternity at both our hospital sites. Our ambition is to lead the NHS with world-class, patient-focused healthcare delivered locally. www.chelwest.nhs.uk

About Imagineear Ltd

Imagineear is a leading provider of multimedia content and technology solutions. We design and produce multilingual content, which we often integrate with existing archive materials, as well as live audio. We publish to smartphones, and to smart devices on-site, working with sports venues, cultural sites and the healthcare sector. In London and Amsterdam, we have experienced content, hardware, software and data solutions teams. Our goal is to help our clients deliver exceptional value and memorable experiences to their visitors, both on- and off-site. www.imagineear.com

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