Nurses have been invited to pitch ideas for new digital technology to improve care for people with long-term conditions, with the chance of winning investment from a £450,000 fund.
The Digital Health Innovation Call, launched by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, will see finalists present their ideas to a “Dragons’ Den-style” panel of experts.
New mobile phone and computer apps to help people manage their own conditions and “telecare” technology that helps monitor and boost the safety of patients at home are among the types of innovation the judges are looking for.
”Nursing professionals are often a key source of innovative ideas… It is this invaluable insight we hope to capture”
Others include digital technology that helps share information between clinicians, connects health professionals with each other and patients – such as video conferencing - and those that allow testing in people’s homes.
The scheme is being delivered in partnership with Trustech, an NHS organisation which links the health service to commercial and academic sectors.
Raj Purewal, Trustech’s business development and partnerships director, said: “Our collaboration with Salford CCG presents a welcome opportunity for the nursing workforce to step forward with their digital projects or programme and help make their mark on the future of health and social care.
“Nursing professionals are often a key source of innovative ideas, finding new and better ways of working. It is this invaluable insight we hope to capture.”
The scheme is open to individual nurses and other health and social care professionals, NHS and voluntary organisations, universities, and private firms.
They are invited to submit proposals for projects costing up to £125,000 that tie in with one of the CCG’s core health improvement goals and can be completed within a 12-month period.
Selected applicants will go on to compete for the opportunity to work with Salford CCG to test and evaluate their project.
This will involve attending an event to showcase their idea with the finalists going on to pitch their ideas to a “Dragons’ Den-style” panel in October.
Applications to the Digital Health Innovation Call must be submitted by 5pm on 23 August.