Health and social care innovators now have until 12 June to express an interest in being part of the Test Beds Programme.
The programme, which opened on 26 March, invites innovators from any sector in the UK and internationally to express an interest to test their ideas at scale, and in a real clinical setting.
Through the programme, and with the support of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), innovators will partner up with NHS and social care sites to trial new technologies, digital services and other innovations in service delivery with the potential to bring big benefits to patients.
In practice, a test bed site could mean equipping patients with wearable technology, combined with a new working pattern for clinical and nursing staff, all with the aim of helping people manage long-term conditions, address issues early and reduce preventable trips to hospital.
Over the summer, AHSNs will identify NHS and social care organisations as potential ‘test bed sites’ which will be matched to appropriate innovators. The partnerships will then receive national support to implement high potential innovations that respond to local clinical needs. If you are based in the West Midlands and you are working on a proposal for a test bed, please contact Tony Davis, Commercial Director at the WMAHSN, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0121 452 5636 as soon as possible, so that the WMAHSN can fully support you through the process.