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NHS Seeks Innovations to Shape the Future of Care

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Smart Solutions for Healthcare aims to help the NHS make significant improvements in Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention. The programme is open to companies and other non-NHS organisations within any sector.

Products or services must address the priority areas of cardiovascular disease (including aneurysm, angina, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, cerebrovascular accident or stroke, cerebrovascular disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction or heart attack, venous thromboembolism peripheral vascular disease and hypertension) or long-term conditions (including respiratory conditions, cancer, diabetes, renal disease, hypothyroidism and epilepsy).

Entries will be assessed by a panel of experts and between four and ten products and services will be selected to undergo evaluation, depending on the type of technology and the scale of evaluation necessary to provide robust evidence of their effectiveness. Smart Solutions for Healthcare will offer successful applicants the opportunity to base their project team in the North West, making office space and facilities available in the Manchester Medical Technology Development Centre as part of the award funding.

Smart Solutions for Healthcare is being delivered by TrusTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Hub. Programme Director Dr Bryan Griffiths said: “The NHS faces a monumental challenge in the years ahead. We need to find smarter solutions and new ways of working and we will be challenging industry and other innovation suppliers to help us do this.

“In many cases new technologies, devices and services will be required to help change the way care is delivered. Smart Solutions for Healthcare will consider all of these, as well as disruptive system changes which offer entirely new approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

“We are specifically interested in new technologies, products, services and the application of scientific advances that enable patients to have a greater role in managing their own health, or help healthcare providers improve staff productivity and eliminate waste.”

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6 April 2011.