TechForce19 selects Peppy for Stage 2 pilot study

October 21, 2020

Back in March, Peppy was selected as one of the winners of the TechForce19 challenge. Now, stage 2 is underway.

TechForce19 is a UK cross-departmental government initiative, launched in March 2020, to identify technology solutions to support vulnerable groups in the community during lockdown and beyond. The initiative is led by NHSX and supported by the AHSN Network and PUBLIC, who have supported the development and evaluation of the programme.

  • Over 1,600 applications from around the world
  • 18 applications accepted for TechForce19 Stage 1
  • Peppy is one of 3 pilots awarded funding to continue into Stage 2.

Following a successful Stage 1, we are delighted to have been re-selected to take part in a second TechForce19 trial this winter.

Peppy will be offering a NHS-funded trial of our Peppy Baby programme to 250 parents-to-be in Central and South Manchester.

We will be offering Peppy Baby to 250 parents-to-be with a due date between 28th December 2020 and 28th January 2021, due to give birth at Saint Mary’s Hospital @ Wythenshawe or Saint Mary’s Hospital Oxford Road Campus. Recruitment for the trial is currently underway, you can apply here.

Those involved in the trial will have access to world-class support for them and their baby, with a focus on mental wellbeing, infant feeding and pelvic health. Julie Cheetham, Senior Responsible Officer for the Local Maternity System and Deputy Director Improvement of the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Network, has said about Peppy’s involvement:

“We are pleased to be part of this digital initiative and to see how Peppy can help women and their families in late pregnancy and throughout the early postnatal period to feel supported.”

Rosie, a participant in the original TechForce19 Peppy Baby trial, shared a few of her “favourite things” about Peppy:

“It was brilliant and I really found it valuable. I know that the current situation is quite isolating for everyone. As a first time Mum, I found it particularly hard. It’s just been amazing to be able to connect with people in a similar situation and realise that you’re not on your own […]  Being able to speak to someone about my mental health was probably the biggest thing for me.”

Here at Peppy, we would like to extend our thanks to the entire TechForce19 team, without whom this incredible initiative and opportunity would not exist. Thank you to our Peppy Baby team of practitioners and our exceptional advisors and partners.

Finally, thank you to Julie Cheetham, the Strategic Clinical Network, Saint Mary’s Hospital @ Wythenshawe and Saint Mary’s Hospital Oxford Road Campus, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

We are very excited to once again have the opportunity to trial our product at scale and make a positive impact on the lives of new parents during a particularly challenging time.


About Peppy

Peppy is a UK-based health-tech company that provides personalised health support to families going through life’s big transitions, such as becoming a parent, fertility treatment or going through the menopause.

Peppy was founded by three like-minded individuals, Max Landry, Evan Harris and Mridula Pore in 2018, with a shared vision to improve people’s lives by transforming life-stage support. They believe that no one should have to tackle life’s transitions alone and everyone should have effortless access to expert, caring support in the moment they need it, free at the point of care. Peppy works with employers to provide this support to their employees, and organisations such as health insurers to provide it to their members. Current Peppy clients include Aldi, Santander, Novartis, A+E Networks, the Confederation for British Industry and Vitality, amongst others.

Peppy was one of 18 awardees of the TechForce19 initiative, a UK government cross departmental initiative to support vulnerable and isolated communities during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. Find out about the original TechForce19 initiative here.

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