SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England-funded initiative to develop innovative products and services in the healthcare sector, has launched a £100,000 competition to find products that reduce pressure on urgent and emergency care in the NHS.
The number of attendances at A&E has risen significantly over the last decade putting pressure on urgent and emergency care services and increasing waiting times – 21.7 million visited A&E in the last year, a increase of more than 30% in the last decade. More than 70% of hospital bed days are occupied by A&E admissions and 80% of A&E admissions who stay for more than two weeks are patients aged over 65.
Karen Livingstone, Director of SBRI Healthcare: “The NHS is looking at progressive and radical ways to reshape the way urgent and emergency care is delivered with vanguard sites leading the way in testing new solutions. With pressure on these services growing we want to ensure that the innovative companies are enabled to develop their ideas and solutions,”
She added: “The new competition invites companies to specifically turn their minds to developing products that will help patients, clinicians and managers deliver high-quality and efficient urgent and emergency care. We welcome bids from all sectors and are particularly keen to invite companies working in non-health fields to consider whether the technologies they are developing could be applied to the challenges we face for urgent care.”
SBRI Healthcare has launched 10 new clinically-led competitions In the past 12 months, and awarded £22.4 million to 60 companies to develop products focused on specific NHS unmet need.
This latest competition closes on November 17 2015 with winners announced in March 2016. Briefing events for businesses to learn about the competition will take place on October 13 in Manchester and October 21 in Bristol.
To find out more visit www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk