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NHS Salford CCG are looking to fund evaluations of digital health innovations

Telecare, mobile apps, connected self-management tools. These are all types of digital health technologies that can be used to improve the lives of patients with long-term conditions and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Salford CCG) has a fund of £450,000 to evaluate them in the local community.

The Digital Health Innovation Call will look to fund the testing and development of innovative digital products, services and clinical practices that aim to improve the experience and outcomes of patients in the Salford community. Applications are sought which align to the following NHS Salford CCG strategy group innovation priorities:

Long-Term Conditions

  • Prevention
  • Early Detection
  • Self-care/Self-management including supporting patients/patient groups

Children & Young People

  • Mental Wellbeing
  • SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability)
  • Early Intervention and Prevention across issues for children and young people

Medicines Optimisation

  • Improving medicines safety
  • Improving patients getting better outcomes from their medicines
  • Reducing medicines waste
  • Improving medicines reconciliation at transfers of care

Mental Health

  • Improving & maintaining the physical health of people with serious mental illness
  • Care Navigators for patients newly diagnosed with a mental health condition
  • Digital solutions in mental health

Systems Resilience

  • Technological solutions to help patients self-manage/manage at home/avoid hospital attendance or admission
  • Support to ensure patients appropriately access the right urgent care services for the right care
  • Pathways or interventions that prevent A&E attendance or prevent ambulance conveyance or avoid admissions Community

Based Care

  • Increase collaborative working across all community-based partners
  • Safer discharge into the community

Engagement & Experience

  • Responding to Needs Assessments undertaken through the city’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Programme
  • Using technology to obtain patient feedback on existing services and new plans
  • Motivating behavior change in our local population to live healthier lifestyles, self-care more and support others in local communities.

The call is open to companies, NHS organisations, voluntary organisations, universities and independent innovators, who are invited to apply for awards of up to £125,000 by submitting their outline proposal online using the link below:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2804910/0a0534c91b78

Delivered in partnership with TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service, the Digital Health Innovation Call looks to identify solutions that demonstrate a potential return on investment as well as an impact on the Salford Locality Plan. Successful projects, which will need to be delivered within a 12-month timescale starting in 2017, will help NHS Salford CCG to:

  • Enable Primary and Community Care to become part of the safest health economy;
  • Improve the interference between primary and secondary care; or
  • Align to strategy group innovation priorities.

Selected applicants will be invited to compete for the opportunity to work with NHS Salford CCG to implement their project. This will involve attending a marketplace where they will be required to demonstrate their innovations to NHS Salford CCG staff and patients, as well as the concluding step in the application process, which will see the final few applicants pitch to a panel of experts in a Dragons’ Den in October.

Subject to due diligence, those that are successful will be notified in November 2016 and will be matched with a suitable community healthcare service to begin mapping out the evaluation. The Digital Health Innovation Call is open for applications now. Applications must be submitted by no later than 5pm on 23rd August 2016.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2804910/0a0534c91b78