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NHS England Launches Innovation Competition for General Practice

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), together with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and National Health Service (NHS) England, has launched a innovation competitions which aims to find innovative technology that help family doctors cope with rising demands placed on their practices.

The NHS is seeking to fund projects under SBRI in three areas:

  • Diagnostics and earlier triage: Technology that allows fast, reliable and robust diagnostic testing to take place within general practices rather than in acute cares.
  • Workload and demand management: solutions that better foresee the demands that will be placed on surgeries and support to release GP Time.
  • Self-care: products that support the patient to look after themselves in partnership with their GP.

Single companies, charities or organisations from public, private and third sectors can apply for the innovation competitions by 24 November 2016 with their ideas. In the first stage of Competition, up to £100,000 will be fully funded for individual feasibility studies for six months maximum. For further development of the idea, successful projects could attract contracts of up to £1 million. The funding for the project is available in the form of 100% funded development contracts.

The invitation from NHS England said that the projects will be selected primarily on their potential value to the health service and on the better outcomes delivered for patients.

Some key dates:

  • Competition launch: 26th September 2016
  • Briefing events in Cambridge: 25th October 2016
  • Briefing events in Bristol: 27th October 2016
  • Deadline for application submissions – 24th November 2016 
  • Assessment – November 2016/December 2016
  • Contracts awarded –February 2017

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