8 June 2016

Funding offer launched for innovations to help patient flow and children’s care

Companies are being invited to bid for funding to develop solutions to improve patient flow in acute care and independence for children with long-term conditions in the latest competition from SBRI Healthcare which launches 8 June.

SBRI Healthcare is run by AHSNs and funded by NHS England to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. Successful companies can receive up to £100,000 phase one feasibility funding each to develop products that improve patient flow in acute care, and self-care options for children with long-term conditions.

Commenting on the competition for managing patient flow in acute care Anna King, Commercial Director of Health Innovation Network, said: “When a person’s health needs are complex they often need to interact with different departments and different care processes which can feel like they are bouncing around the system. This isn’t good for patients and it isn’t efficient for the NHS, as it often results in duplication, waste and other inefficiencies. So we are looking for companies with innovations that can help us to improve efficiencies through better use of resources, reduced wastage and delays, and improved processes. This will save money for the NHS but, crucially, will improve the experience and outcomes for patients.” 

The competition is being supported by Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, West of England AHSN, Imperial College Health Partners, and Health Innovation Network but applications are invited from across England. Briefing events with clinicians for interested companies will take place in London 21 June and in Leeds on 22 June.

The deadline for applications is 28 July. For more details visit www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk