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SBRI Healthcare reducing pressures on emergency and urgent care

28 September 2015

SBRI Healthcare – reducing pressures on emergency and urgent care

SBRI Healthcare has today announced the launch of its latest clinically-led competition which aims to help develop solutions that improve patients’ lives and support NHS efficiency.

In this round, SBRI Healthcare is offering companies up to £100,000 Phase 1 Feasibility Funding to develop products that reduce the current pressures put on urgent and emergency care services.

The number of attendances at A&E has risen significantly in the last decade, putting pressure on urgent and emergency care services and increasing waiting times. According to The King’s Fund, 21.7 million people visited A&E in the last year and the last decade has seen a rise of more than 30%. More than 70% of hospital bed days are occupied by A&E admissions and 80% of A&E admissions who stay for more than two weeks are over the age of 65.

“The NHS is looking at progressive and radical ways to reshape the way urgent and emergency care is delivered, with vanguard sites leading the way in testing new solutions. With pressure on these services growing, we want to ensure that innovative companies are enabled to develop their ideas and solutions”, commented Karen Livingstone, Director of SBRI Healthcare.

The new competition invite s companies to specifically turn their minds to developing products that will help clinicians and managers deliver high-quality and efficient urgent and emergency care.

The call will welcome bids from all sectors, with a special focus on companies from non-health fields to consider whether the technologies they are developing could be applied to the challenges faced in urgent care.

The deadline for this competition is 17th November 2015, with winners announced in March 2016.

For more details, visit: www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk

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