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

Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is proud to support a funding offer for innovations to help children with long term conditions become more independent.

Companies are being invited to bid for funding to develop solutions to:

  • improve independence for children with long-term conditions and
  • innovations that improve patient flow in acute care.

Successful companies can receive up to £100,000 phase 1 feasibility funding in the latest competition from the Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare), which launches today (Wednesday 8 June).

Philippa Hedley-Takhar, Head of Investment and Partnerships for Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, commenting on the competition for self-care and independence for children with long-term conditions, said: “We know that disability in children can have a permanent effect on their life skills in adulthood.

“With six per cent of children in the UK living with disability, there is a high need for innovations that address their health and care needs so they can live life to the full. This will enhance their wellbeing and confidence and, over the longer term, enable them to take advantage of greater opportunities as they move towards and through adulthood.”

Anna King, Commercial Director of Health Innovation Network, commenting on the competition for managing patient flow in acute care, said: “When a person’s health needs are complex they often need to interact with different departments and different care processes, which can feel 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 duplications, waste and other inefficiencies. 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 and, crucially, will improve the experience and outcomes for patients.”

Professor Paul Dimitri, Clinical Director at Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH), said: “TITCH is a national healthcare technology network that is dedicated to the development of technology solutions to help improve children’s healthcare. Our work with a number of key stakeholders in children’s healthcare across the country has resulted in our decision to propose self care and independence in children and young people with long term conditions for the forthcoming SBRI healthcare call. We are confident that by working with SMEs in this area that we will make significant advances in technology to support the children we care for.”

SBRI Healthcare is run by AHSNs and funded by NHS England to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs. The latest competition is being supported by Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, Imperial College Health Partners and Health Innovation Network and applications are invited from across England.

A briefing event for businesses to learn about the competition will take place on Wednesday 22 June at the Park Plaza, Boar Lane, City Square in Leeds starting at 1pm.

To register to attend please click here

There will also be a briefing session at Herringham Hall, Regent’s Conferences & Events, – Regent’s University London Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NS on Tuesday 21 June.

To register to attend please click here

The deadline for applications is 28 July and details are available on the SBRI Healthcare website.