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National challenges

NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – call closes midnight 26 July 2017

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative supported by the country’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and hosted at UCLPartners – is now recruiting up to 12 Fellows representing high-impact, evidence-based innovations, sourced nationally and internationally, which address one or more of the following challenges:

Mental health: To ensure that people at risk of or experiencing mental health problems can rapidly access effective and convenient care and support.

Urgent and emergency care: To provide highly responsive, effective and personalised solutions for people with or at risk of developing urgent and emergency care needs.

Primary care: To support and strengthen primary care in its aim to ensure high levels of quality, satisfaction and timely access to diagnosis and treatment as close to home as possible.

Find out more here.

West of England AHSN challenges

Design Together, Live Better – now closed

In the next phase of Design Together, Live Better we plan to continue connecting people who are interested in creating or being part of designing new healthcare products with innovators of new technologies and solutions.

We are inviting digital developers help us create an effective and easy-to-use online engagement platform where these connections can happen. Read more.

Diabetes Digital Coach – now closed

This challenge, developed in association with people who have diabetes and healthcare professionals who specialise in diabetes, was aimed at exploring new mobile health tools for self-management of diabetes.

We looked for SMEs and third sector organisations that will ultimately be capable of supplying the NHS with their product or service on a commercial basis in response to our challenge to help people manage their diabetes.

We were interested in products that are already be on the market, suitable for people who have more than one long term health condition and capable of linking into clinical IT platforms via a portal. We are particularly interested in apps and mobile websites.

Applications for this challenge are now closed. We have received 27 applications from international companies, corporates and SMEs, of which four have now been selected for further evaluation.

If you would like to find out more information about this challenge please read the challenge brief or contact .



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