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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.