Birmingham Community Healthcare’s Therapy App Library website www.bhamcommunity.orcha.co.uk aims to make it quicker and easier for Birmingham residents to access safe and accredited health and wellbeing apps. Apps which can make a real difference to people’s lives and can help with any health condition or difficulty. If this new resource could help your organisation or those you support, please share our website address or email us to request resources to share [email protected]

BCHC is excited to announce the launch of a new publicly available Health & Wellbeing App Library for all Birmingham residents, in partnership with ORCHA. You can find the library at www.bhamcommunity.orcha.co.uk/  

With the widespread ownership of smartphones and tablets, and the ever-increasing use of apps for anything from tracking jogging routes and providing dinner recipes, right through to monitoring heart rhythms, there is a real opportunity for apps to effectively support you in managing health conditions or your general wellbeing.

Unfortunately, with over 360,000 health apps in the most common app stores (Google Play, Apple etc.) and with many not having any level of quality assurance, it can be incredibly difficult to find one that's appropriate, trustworthy and effective.

Our partner ORCHA has formed a team of people, including actively practicing clinicians, to independently review and accredit health apps against a large number of stringent criteria in areas such as clinical/professional assurance, data and privacy, and usability and accessibility; giving each app an easy to understand percentage score which will help people decide whether to download it or not.

The library also gives our teams the ability to recommend apps to you during consultations, by sending a text message or email link to the app where it is appropriate and if agreed with you.

Please be assured we do not expect apps or the library to replace any services you may be using, but rather complement them. For example, you may be waiting for an appointment to discuss a sleeping issue with your health or care professional and could utilise an app to monitor your sleeping patterns. The app may even record those patterns, which you can then discuss during your appointment to help with management plans.

Please do take a look at the library and we hope you find an app that is useful for you.