Sleepio is an online programme to address insomnia which affects one in ten adults. It aims to improve sleep without sleeping tablets through a fully automated, interactive web-based tool.
Innovate UK has funded a project which will provide free direct access to Sleepio to all 2.7 million adults living in the Thames Valley (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire) from October 2018 until autumn 2019. This is the first large-scale NHS rollout of direct access digital medicine. This means people can access the programme without needing a GP referral or prescription.
This initiative is being led by the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) in partnership with Big Health, the company behind Sleepio. It is supported by NHS England and the NHS Innovation Accelerator.