A wearable “mood” device developed by a Hull health technology company is being used in trials aimed at supporting the wellbeing of NHS workers.

Moodbeam, originally designed as a wristband and now also available in a clippable format, is being employed in an eight-week trial at a GP practice in Devon, which will see the entire clinical and non-clinical team of 70 employees using the cutting-edge self-reporting tool.

The trial at Amicus Health has come about as a result of a partnership between Moodbeam and Agencia’s Primary Care Direct, a business that provides tailored support services to more than 85 primary care networks, equating to more than 600 GP practices.

Christina Colmer McHugh, co-founder and director at Moodbeam, said: “We all know it can be quite hard to raise issues at work, especially if you are having a tough time, but self-reporting prompts allow staff to simply track how their day is going and report indirectly to managers and HR.

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Moodbeam co-founders Jonathan Elvidge and Christina Colmer McHugh
Moodbeam co-founders Jonathan Elvidge and Christina Colmer McHugh

“Our dashboard combines this information and gives employers real-time feedback from staff – and especially throughout 2020 and the pandemic, being able to get this information from staff quickly without relying on appraisals or carrying out surveys will have been crucial.

“The most important thing we do at Moodbeam is to give a voice to employees within their organisation and make sure support is provided and that they do not reach crisis point in relation to mental health and wellbeing before employers are aware.

“After more than six months of restrictions and additional health pressures on the NHS, many GPs and their teams are understandably feeling the strain and we’re really pleased to be working with Primary Care Direct to support the NHS via these trials.”

The revolutionary Moodbeam One device that allows the user to log how they feel in the moment through the simple pushing of one of two buttons. The information is tracked within Moodbeam’s companion app and provides the user with visualisations of mood information that can help the user identify personal triggers and patterns.

Kiran Johnson, co-founder at Primary Care Direct, said: “The NHS People’s Plan places a heavy emphasis on staff wellbeing and the most important thing we can do in our business is to support the wellbeing of general practice teams, so this is the perfect opportunity to trial new ways of working, and we’re excited to be embarking on this adoptive trial of the Moodbeam One.

“We will be using the devices as a supplementary tool to our wellbeing procedures within the business.”

Moodbeam was launched in 2016 by the Gadget Shop founder and Red5 co-founder Jonathan Elvidge, and former journalist Mrs Colmer McHugh, who came up with the idea after her daughter became anxious at school.

The device won the Innovation Partnership Award at the 2019 Barclays Entrepreneur Awards in London.