Each AHSN issues challenges in response to defined NHS needs. They describe the needs of the NHS in a local or national context and are shown on the AHSN page. They set out the market opportunity for an innovator – you can also view all challenges across the AHSN network.
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Domiciliary care search for innovations - £100k funding for pilots
The West of England AHSN, South West AHSN and Health Education England South West, are launching an important challenge to find innovative solutions to support the domiciliary social and health care workforce, with £100,000 funding available for pilots in the region. They are looking for innovators from across the country to apply to help in the region.
Innovation call to address LGBT+ health inequalities
The AHSN Network and LGBT Foundation have joined forces to launch a nationwide call for innovations to help address health inequalities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, many of which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. These challenges are highlighted in our new compilation of evidence of LGBT+ health inequalities. From MedTech and digital apps to improvement programmes, changes in practice and new pathways, we are looking for innovations and innovative approaches already in use or in development. Ground-breaking and inspiring examples of work in this area will be showcased in a report to be published later this year by the AHSN Network and LGBT Foundation, which we hope will support best practice to be spread more widely across health and care services.
Urgent and Emergency Care
SBRI Healthcare have announced a new funding competition to develop solutions to challenges in Urgent and Emergency Care. Applications open from 15 July and close on 27 August 2020 at 1pm. Companies and individuals interested should apply via the SBRI Healthcare website.
National survey of local innovation and research needs of the NHS
The AHSN Network commissioned an independent research consultancy, ComRes, to design, implement and deliver a survey that would provide a detailed understanding of the innovation and research needs at local level and across all AHSNs, the findings of this survey were published in April 2019.