Diabetes Digital Coach    CaVE  

Ci's Enterprise Programme is about knowledge exploitation.

We co-create products and services with a range of partners, and look at innovative ways to exploit digital technologies for social and economic good. 

Our testbed environments help innovators visualise the opportunities of the digital world. They help accelerate the development of secure, ethical new products and services towards market adoption. 

We have a number of current projects. 

Diabetes Digital Coach

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The Diabetes Digital Coach (DDC) Test Bed is one of seven large-scale feasibility projects making up the NHS Test Bed Programme. It brings together three themes of national importance, namely: diabetes; self-management; and digital behavior-change interventions. 

The DDC project is delivered by a consortium of partners (including Ci), led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). Collectively, the consortium brings expertise in healthcare and life sciences innovation, getting innovations adopted into the NHS, providing digital tools for diabetes self-management, platform development, analytics, alliance management and evaluation. 

We have strong support from Diabetes UK and active involvement and challenge from their local service champions. The consortium is supported by a number of advisory groups whose members include people with diabetes, subject matter experts, healthcare professionals, managers of diabetes services and managers from the national initiatives listed above. 

The test bed allows healthcare commissioners, hospitals and community providers to work with a number of companies to experiment with and evaluate different innovative approaches and technologies for diabetes, to 'enable every citizen to self-care in their own way to the benefit of their physical and mental health’. 

Bringing together mobile health self-management tools (wearable sensors and supporting software) with the latest developments in connecting monitoring devices (Internet of Things), the Test Bed enables people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to 'do the right thing at the right time' to self-manage their condition. 

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The Corsham (Institute) Augmented and Virtual Environment (CaVE), based in our Corsham offices, brings together research, innovation and reality in a space designed to optimise thinking and creativity. The CaVE includes a Virtual Reality (VR) headset and a three-screen Augmented Reality (AR) space, and is available for creativity days, training and software development. 

We’re offering The CaVE for free to developers to use the facilities as a test bed to develop a library of content. We also plan to work with other companies to run hackathons to further the development of alternative education opportunities. 


Digital product developers, programmers and software architects can use the CaVE for late-cycle projects as part of the final testing phase. 

We are offering: 

  • Eight hours of free time in the CaVE to people working on training or educational software projects 
  • The opportunity to meet and network with a community of like-minded professionals. 

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