Pro Bono

We are enthusiastic about the improvement of health and healthcare globally, and we are dedicated to sharing our expertise to help realise this. We therefore deliver projects on a pro bono basis to not-for-profit organisations in which we can make a real difference to global health and to causes that our staff are passionate about.

We also run an internship scheme that aims to give nationals from low- or middle-income countries skills in evidence-based medicine and health economics that they can apply to problems in their community.

Our diverse experience on pro bono projects across our service offerings includes:

Evidence development and communication for local charities and not-for-profits, such as the rare disease charity Findacure, the mental health charity Arts and Minds, the social enterprise SimPrints, and the PHG Foundation.

Health economic modelling work to explore the cost-effectiveness of innovations being driven by those working for and/or with the NHS, and to investigate the cost of treating rare diseases.

Branding work for various local social enterprises and charities, including Cambridge Academic Performance, Is It Helpful, Cambridge Family Social Enterprise and Arts and Minds.

Visual communication projects in the charity sector to help disseminate clinical guidelines, educate patients, and encourage charitable giving.

Case Studies

Partnership with Findacure

We have a long-term collaboration with the rare disease charity Findacure, a UK charity that builds the rare diseases community to drive research and develop treatments. Our ongoing work with Findacure has included health economic models, design materials and publications.

As part of our work with Findacure we have developed three cost of illness/budget impact models in congenital hyperinsulinism, Wolfram syndrome and Friedreich’s ataxia, which provide valuable and novel economic evidence for drug repurposing in rare diseases in support of Findacure’s innovative social impact bond project. We have subsequently supported Findacure in the presentation and communication of the models at a number of conferences, including the annual ISPOR European Congress and DPharm Europe, and been actively involved in discussions with NHS England to make this concept a reality for patients.

We have also worked with different visual software programmes to create engaging and informative materials that are hosted on Findacure’s website and online portal. The software Prezi was used to create short engaging and visual presentations that explain the importance of rare diseases and the work Findacure do. Three e-Learning modules were developed using Articulate that aimed to introduce the concept of health economics to rare disease advocates, patient groups and charities.

Collaboration with Arts & Minds

We worked with Cambridge-based mental health charity Arts & Minds, a Cambridgeshire-based charity that aims to offer arts participation as a preventative as well as a rehabilitative experience. Arts & Minds run an Arts on Prescription programme of weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety, which are led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor.

Our collaboration involved branding, an evidence review and then development of a value dossier. The new brand aimed to bring Arts & Minds up-to-date with a contemporary logo that brings together the artistic nature of the organisation with its focus on activity and participation, and express the re-energising properties of the Arts on Prescription programme. We also performed a literature review to identify evidence on the use of the arts to improve mental health and wellbeing, and then created a dossier summarising the value of Arts on Prescription programmes for the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. These materials are supporting the expansion of arts-based programmes to new areas in Cambridgeshire and to people of all ages with all forms of mental illness and learning disabilities.

Interactive Educational Material for the General Public

We were fortunate to work with the paediatric oncology charity aPODD (accelerating Paediatric Oncology Drug Development) on an innovative educational material. The organisation collaborates with different stakeholders, such as academia, industry and children’s hospitals, to accelerate the development of more effective, safer and tolerable drugs in childhood cancers.   

We developed an educational material using the software Articulate, which facilitates the use of interactive functions such as hover, zoom and drag-and-drop interactions. The material aimed to raise awareness of the general public about issues facing drug development in the field of paediatric oncology. The project involved reviewing the literature to identify key information and subsequently developing content that would be easily understood by the general public. Our Design team created interactive visual aids that would enhance the user’s understanding of the content and ensure that the material was engaging. The material will be shared via aPODD’s website, social media and at congresses, to raise the profile of the challenges facing paediatric oncology drug development and encourage greater financial investments in this sector.