Funding for innovations to help transform general practice of the future

Posted on 22 September 2016 (Permalink)

Entrepreneurs are invited to apply for up to £1 million investment to develop and commercialise innovations with a focus on developing general practice of the future.

SBRI Healthcare is delivered collaboratively by NHS England and the AHSN Network to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. The autumn funding competition will open for applications on Monday 26 September.

Innovations are sought to address three main challenge areas in general practice:

  • Workload and demand management: A significant volume of workload is being transferred from acute care to primary care. We are seeking technology solutions to better forecast demand to better arm the system to bring solutions that release general practice staff time.
  • Diagnostics and earlier triage: Primary care heavily relies on acute care for diagnostic testing. Solutions that bring rapid, reliable and robust diagnostic testing, by a wide range of non-GP staff, to enable earlier triage and potentially redesigning of pathways are sought.
  • Self-care: Self-care is high on the agendas of several national health and care organisations including NHS England. We need to enable and inspire patients to care for themselves in partnership with their general practitioner. We need industry to develop products that can make this dream a reality.

SBRI Healthcare is led by England’s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and has invested £57 million in the past four years to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs and stimulate economic growth. This competition is jointly led by Eastern, South West and West of England AHSNs.

For the autumn competition 2016, total funding of up to £1.1 million is on offer to each successful company with £100,000 awarded for initial feasibility studies and then a further £1 million potentially available for prototype development.

Dr Arvind Madan, Director of Primary Care NHS England, said: “NHS general practice is revered across the globe, but we know we need to transform the way the public sees our service and to equip our frontline staff with the game changing technology that will revolutionise primary care. Through this SBRI Healthcare competition, the NHS will work with innovative and dynamic entrepreneurs – the challenges are significant and that is why we are prepared to invest in solutions.” 

Applications are invited from across the UK. The deadline for applications is 24 November 2016.  Briefing events will take place in Cambridge on 25 October and Bristol on 27 October 2016. 

Full details available on the SBRI Healthcare website.