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NHS England launches innovation competition for general practice

GP practices can apply for up to £100,000 for an innovative idea to cope with rising demand.

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), together with NHS England and the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), has launched a competition which aims to find innovative technology that will help general practice.

Single organisations, companies or charities can apply by 24 November with their idea, which will be fully funded up to £100,000 for six months maximum.

Within the competition’s theme of ‘general practice of the future’, there are three categories: workload and demand management, diagnostics and earlier triage, and self-care.

Questions applicants may address with their technology include: ‘What if technology could enable GP practices to improve demand management and release GP time to provide more or longer consultations?’ or ‘What if diagnostic technology was designed for use in primary care?’

'The projects will be selected primarily on their potential value to the health service and on the improved outcomes delivered for patients,' the invitation said.

Readers' comments (5)

  • This smacks of 'what the f@ck can we do about the utter mess of general practice'

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  • Some kind of device to disable Jeremy Hunt. That's gotta be worth something.

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  • Turn the phone lines off and lose the front door keys. Sign saying go to a&e.
    Job done.
    can I claim the 100k now

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  • ha ha ha ha just wet myself...this is ridiculous! love the comments.

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  • I went with my repeat Rx to the very large group practice with which I had to register after the grossly incompetent CCG had closed down my much nearer 2-GP practice. I had previously signed a form accepting electronic prescribing but it appears to make no difference to the frequency which which I have to apply to reception for a repeat Rx after being promised by the Pharmacist I could collect the drugs from the Pharmacy for 4 weeks before asking for a repeat Rx at Reception; and reception had a large notice saying Rx to drug collection was now taking three days because of the addition of over 1,000 patients to this practice I imagine because of more smaller practices being closed down. I never had this sort of trouble with the two-doctor practice I was registered with before, and could even consult a GP but at this large group practice, although I have been given my GP's name, I have never been called in to review my Rx which may have some merit because now I have largely stopped eating cheese it could be that my HDL cholesterol measure has fallen and it may lead to cessation of the statin drug I have been taking which could save the Group Practice a small amount of money and we know that every little helps in the fight for being treated in austerity with a Government Secretary of State who co-authored a book advocating that the UK adopts the USA model of healthcare which costs three times as much as the NHS does but treats only one third of its patients, and perhaps that is why our taxpayer-paid NHS is being starved of funds? This Secretary of State is an enemy of the taxpayer and should be sacked.

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