Meet the innovator: Emma SelbyFebruary 28, 2022
Pictured above: Emma Selby
Tell us about your innovation in a sentence:
Using Artificial Intelligence to support everyone in accessing mental health tools.
What was the ‘lightbulb’ moment?
I was working as a mental health nurse in services and doing some co-design work with a patient when it just hit us, something has to change. There are not enough therapists to support the number of people coming through services, we have to make mental health and wellbeing more accessible.
What three bits of advice would you give budding innovators?
- Get networking – social media can be your friend so learn how to use it within your professional code.
- You don’t know what you don’t know – and it’s okay to admit it. Don’t be afraid to say when you don’t understand something.
- Look after yourself – there is a culture in innovation and start ups that you must work your fingers to the bone. Take time to look after yourself or you will burn out.
What’s been your toughest obstacle?
AI is a very emerging technology, particularly within the mental health sector. Services are rightly concerned with risk and safety so it was important that we spent a lot of time getting the clinical safety case as strong as it can be.
What’s been your innovator journey highlight?
Being the first Mental Health AI application to be awarded an AI in Healthcare Grant by NIHR and NHSX.
Best part of your job now?
Being at the forefront of developmental changes in my profession and helping to shape the future of the UK mental health offering.
If you were in charge of the NHS and care system, what’s the one thing you’d do to speed up health innovation?
Have a single place where everyone across the country can go to find out about the innovations available.
A typical day for you would include…
Lots of online meetings, calls and paperwork as well as a good walk with my dog Arty so I can take a break from my screen.
Where can we find you?