In addition to being open to businesses approaching us speculatively for collaboration opportunities, we work very closely with our healthcare partners to identify their challenges and look to link them up with companies that can provide innovative solutions to meet their requirements.
We issue local challenges which are developed with our healthcare providers and provide companies the opportunity to respond with their innovative solutions. Challenges have included new tools for self-management of diabetes and digital health solutions.
We also support national challenges, for example, the Small Business Research Initiative and the NHS Test beds programme. We have issued challenges in the areas of patient safety, medicines adherence, child & adolescent mental health and older people with multi-morbidities.