Playphysio is a social enterprise founded in 2017 to help people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis and other lung diseases. There is no known cure for CF but a major part of treatment is prescribing chest physiotherapy through Inhaler units. Researchers believe that over 70% of prescribed chest physio is missed due to the time taken and difficulty to persevere with the continued treatment (especially children). Playphysio was established by a father whose eldest daughter suffers from CF to address this problem. It does so by gamifying the chest physio process, attaching a relay device to existing breathing devices which connects to smartphones and onto an app. The results of a trial exceeded expectations; users experienced a 4% increase in lung function (compared to a typical 2% decrease and 4% decrease with users who dropped out of the trial). Average compliance with chest physio targets was 60% (3 times higher than normal). Playphysio is using funding from The Fore to hire specialist physiotherapists, who will enable the organisation to rollout its work into Addenbrookes and Birmingham hospitals and ultimately sell its products across the UK.
Funding programme:Core Programme
Funding round:2020 Spring
Location: Throughout the UK
Sector: Health and wellbeing