Damibu is a Liverpool-based technology studio that was set up to solve problems in the healthcare industry. It works with clinical commissioning groups, trusts and the public sector to develop simple innovative solutions to complex problems and specialises in mobile app development.

Damibu developed the CATCH app – which stands for Common Approach To Children’s Health – to provide parents and carers with NHS-approved information, so they know when their child needs medical treatment or when self-care would be more appropriate. The app uses information from NHS Choices and is updated regularly, with the aim of informing and empowering parents for their young children and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions.


Health Innovation Exchange partner the Innovation Agency helped to spread the app across the Liverpool City Region and wider North West, following evidence of its success in reducing demand on NHS services in the Greater Manchester AHSN region. Damibu also received funding from the Innovation Agency’s Transformation Through Innovation Fund, to implement the app in Halton.

The Innovation Agency delivered a programme of support that included advice and guidance, a review of possible NHS savings from the use of the app for its promotion to other NHS organisations, an introduction to Halton CCG, funding of £30,000 to roll-out the app across Halton, advice on measuring NHS outcomes via app analytics and other introductions within the NHS.


As a result, in part, of the support Damibu received, the CATCH app was downloaded 1,662 times in the year from its launch in early 2016. A new job was also created at Damibu as a result of the support received.