21 Aug

National recognition for team behind NHS Health app pioneering website

The team behind the mytherappy website has won an award from the Academy of Fab NHS Stuff, which celebrates best practice and innovation happening across the NHS and social care.

The stroke and neuro rehab team was recognised in the monthly Academy of Fab NHS Stuff awards for launching mytherappy, an app review website that is the first of its kind in the UK. They won the Penguin Teamship Award, which recognises people who work together to solve a problem.

Emma Cork, neuro-rehab lead in the physiotherapy and occupational therapy department, said: “We are thrilled to win this award, which recognises the hard work of all the people who have been involved in launching this website, including our network of app testers.

“Fab NHS Stuff awards are given based on votes from other NHS staff, so we are delighted to see that people across the NHS are supporting our work.”

The mytherappy website is designed to help patients and clinicians find the best apps to help with rehabilitation and recovery following a stroke or brain injury. The website features a whole range of apps that have been tested by a network of clinical specialists and patients. The apps come with a star rating and user feedback, and are categorised depending on what they can help with.

The website is now being used by clinicians and patients across the UK and worldwide. The website can be accessed at

Ruth Siewruk, advanced practitioner occupational therapist for neuro and stroke and clinical lead for mytherappy, said: “Our network of app testers includes clinical specialists in stroke, neurology and head injuries, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, nurses, psychologists, and support workers.

“Helping patients’ recovery is our priority, which is why stroke and head injury survivors and their carers are an important part of our testing network.

“We want to empower patients to manage their health in the way that is right for them, and this website helps those who are recovering from a stroke or brain injury do exactly that.”

The team will now be entered into the annual Academy of Fab NHS Stuff awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in November 2017.