MUTU Working with the NHS
- NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) Fellow 2021
- Assessment by ORCHA and NHS Digital, approved for NHS Library 2020
- Clinical Trial with NNUH NHS Trust during COVID-19 2020
- Baseline research from Exeter Medical School and Imperial College
- Clinical survey of more than 900 users
- NICE stakeholder
- Presentation to the London Maternity & Midwifery Festival 2019
- Blue Light membership partner
Pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, painful sex, diastasis recti, birth trauma-related postnatal depression and back pain affect more than women’s physical bodies.
These conditions and symptoms in the perinatal period and beyond are linked to women’s self-confidence, dignity, function and daily comfort and happiness. It has been proven that the physical changes a woman experiences after having children can impact her mental health.
The MUTU System Programme is an evidence-based digital app for at-home use, with proven clinical benefits for perinatal physical and mental health.
MUTU working with the NHS shows evidence of clinical benefits for:
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Urinary incontinence
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Dyspareunia (painful sex)
- Diastasis Recti
- Back pain
- Perinatal mental health symptoms.
Specialist Pelvic Health Physiotherapists, GP surgeries, Midwives and Women’s Health Physiotherapists refer patients to MUTU as a safe, at-home solution during pregnancy, in the postnatal period and beyond.
MUTU System CEO Wendy Powell has been selected as a 2021 NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow. The NIA Fellowship is awarded following a rigorous selection process, to scale high impact innovations in the NHS.
ORCHA are world leaders in digital health apps assessment and distribution. MUTU has been comprehensively reviewed with a Baseline Review Score of 91% (Nov 2020)
Data Score: 80%; Professional Assurance Score: 94%; Usability/Accessibility Score: 97%.
NHS Digital, the National technology partner to the UK health and care system, assessed and approved MUTU in June 2020: “The MUTU System program has met all compliance standards, and displays evidence of clinical benefits… including reduced risk of surgery, symptom improvement and mental well-being improvement” DAQ assessment team, Feb 2020.
- Available evidence of outcomes
- Clinical safety
- Data protection
- Usability and accessibility
- Technical stability
Clinical survey data from a Trial in partnership with Norwich University Hospital in the UK with 100 postnatal patients during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.
Results demonstrated significant improvements across all physical and mental health symptoms, including prolapse, bladder weakness and diastasis recti.
Information discovered at the start of trial:
41% of respondents were following MUTU System alongside physiotherapy
- 53% of women experienced leaking
- 17% of women were using pads for leaking
- 35% of women found physical activity was affected by leaking
- 20% of women found their daily activities were affected by leaking
- 24% of women felt anxieties/nerves because of leaking
- 13% had been diagnosed with a prolapse
- 28% had prolapse symptoms
- 55% of women had experienced DR
- 18% of women avoided sex due to pain or discomfort
Overall Survey Results:
67.27% of 110 women answered all 4 surveys over 12 weeks
Top Line Results by WEEK 3 of using MUTU
- 100% of respondents who couldn’t locate their pelvic floor muscles prior to starting MUTU could do so after week 3.
- 100% of the respondents who reported prolapse symptoms saw an improvement by Week 3.
- Of the respondents who had experienced Diastasis Recti, 87% had seen an improvement by week 3.
- When asked if they had noticed a change about how they feel about their body and what it is able to do, 87% had seen an improvement by week 3.
- Of the respondents who experienced pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse, 61% had seen an improvement by week 3.
- Of the respondents who said that bladder, bowel or vaginal issues had resulted in them avoiding sex, 65% were more confident and had a greater desire to have sex by week 3.
Further improvements over time
- Bladder weakness improvements increased to 96% by week 6.
- By Week 6, the improvements for Diastasis Recti had increased to 90%
- When asked if the respondents had noticed a change about how they feel about their body and what it is able to do, the improvements had further increased to 91% by Week 9
- Improvements in painful sex symtoms further improved tp 90% by Week 9, and 93% by week 12
- Of participants avoiding sex due to pain or discomfort, 81% were more confident by week 9 and 83% more confident by week 12.
- 76% of women felt physically stronger after 12 weeks.
- 59% of women felt more confident after 9 weeks
Lucy Eggleton, Operational Lead Specialist Physiotherapist for the Pelvic and Maternal Health Physiotherapy Team at Norwich University Hospital Trust:
“…The trial discovered that many were experiencing other distressing postnatal symptoms [that had yet been diagnosed] such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence or pain on resuming intercourse. It has been great to see so many women have found relief from these symptoms through participating and this is a program we are happy to support and refer our patients onto… in a time of such difficulty when so many new mothers have felt isolated and unsupported, we were happy to join with Wendy and the team to offer this program. We have been so pleased with the feedback and results, seeing women restored back to full health and function.’’
An intervention to improve prolapse outcomes and bring savings to health services and insurers.
Dr Adam Pollard, PhD MCSM MSc PGCE BSc (Hons) Exeter Medical School
Suruchi Kothari, MBBS, MRCGP Imperial College London
Baseline research considered MUTU as intervention for prolapse outcomes vs current pathways.
‘’Research presented here outlines the potential benefits of a form of PFMT to support new mothers and reduce the burden of POP… The approach offered by MUTU System improved prolapse symptoms by the order of 39%… Subsequent savings to services [and insurers] … with savings potentially rising if related conditions are considered, eg: mental health and incontinence”
November 2018 clinical survey based on: EPAQ PF, Female Sexual Function Index, Urinary Distress Inventory, Kings Health Questionnaire and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Distress Inventory 6, focused on three key areas of women’s health: 1. Sexual well being 2. Urinary symptoms 3. Quality of life
The survey was drafted by an independent medical consultant and 906 complete responses were received (out of 3000 customers who had digitally marked at least 6 modules of MUTU System program complete on the app tracker). No payment was offered or given and results anonymised. After following MUTU System for 6 weeks or more:
97% of women who couldn’t successfully locate or engage their pelvic floor muscles before, were able to after using MUTU System
92% of women who had experience bladder symptoms including urinary leakage saw improvement after using MUTU System
88% of women suffering from symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse reported improvement after using MUTU System
89% of women who experienced pain or discomfort during or after sexual intercourse reported an improvement after doing MUTU System
94% of women with diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles) reported an improvement after using MUTU System
94% of women who used MUTU System felt an improvement in how they felt about their body and what it is able to do.
The Survey results show both physical and mental health benefits of MUTU without any further costly intervention required by the health services.
MUTU CEO Wendy Powell is a registered NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) stakeholder, invited to submit comments on these guidelines by the Institute and/or the National Collaborating Centre.
- Neonatal parenteral nutrition (Feb 2020)
- Postnatal care up to 8 weeks after birth (update) (Sep 2020)
- Caesarean section (update) (Nov 2020)
- Antenatal care for uncomplicated pregnancies (update) (July 2020)
- Behaviour change: digital and mobile health interventions (Aug 2020)
- Prevention and non-surgical treatment of pelvic floor failure (Aug 2021)
MUTU is listed on the Innovation Agency Exchange platform, aligned to the AHSN (Academic Health and Science Network) and works with a number of AHSN’s around the UK
Listed on HealthTech Connect platform -‘identifies and supports health technologies that offer measurable benefits to patients and/or the UK health and care system’
Wendy Powell was invited to present a session to NHS and private UK Midwives at the London Maternity and Midwifery Festival 2019. Her presentation “Non-Surgical Solutions To Diastasis Recti And Pelvic Floor Dysfunction” can be viewed here
The Blue Light Card offers discounts online and instore exclusively to NHS, Emergency Services and Armed Forces workers.
First responders and essential workers can search in their Blue Light membership portal to claim a 25% discount to access MUTU System.
NHS and Professionals contact
To discuss MUTU research data, to request full sources, papers or academic reviews, to find out how to direct your NHS or private patients and clients to MUTU, or to join our healthcare provider and fitness professional affiliate programme, please contact MUTU NHS and Medical Liaison, Gail.