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Launch of NHS England Test Beds Competition – Wave 2

The competition for the second wave of the NHS Test Beds programme launched on Monday 26 February.

The Test Beds programme provides funding and support to NHS organisations and industry to test combinations of technology and pathway innovation to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

The first wave of the Test Beds programme was unprecedented in scale: it leveraged £15m from industry, included 40 innovators, 51 digital products, and five voluntary sector organisations. Find out more about the seven Test Beds currently involved in the first wave of the programme here.

Up to £4.5 million will be available from the Office for Life Sciences for the second wave of Test Beds, with individual projects receiving between £500,000 and £1.5 million. There will also be a separate stream offering up to £1.5 million from NHS England for projects that focus on learning and self-management support for people with Type 2 diabetes.

This competition is open to digital innovators and NHS organisations who can bid for funding to implement and evaluate innovations until March 2020. Projects must tackle health and care challenges (system or clinical) aligned with national and local priorities.

Each Test Bed must be led by an NHS provider organisation and should be a partnership between NHS organisations and businesses working together to solve a specific and focused health and care challenges through a combination of digital products and pathway development, which will be evaluated during the programme.

How to register your interest

The competition is being run by Innovate UK and expressions of interest must be submitted via their online portal by the deadline of 27 March 2018. Companies can register here, while NHS organisations and partnerships should register here.

Find out more

EMAHSN will be able to provide assistance to NHS and companies involved in proposals for East Midlands based Test Beds.Therefore please keep us informed by contacting Aisha Ajij, if you are planning to submit an Expression of Interest or have any queries.

Briefing Event 

You are invited to attend the competition briefing for the second wave of the NHS Test Beds programme. The event will take place on Tuesday 20th March at the Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1LD between 9:30 and 12:30, with coffee and refreshments available on arrival.

At this event, attendees can expect to hear about insights from the current Test Beds programme, and a keynote speech by Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, outlining the importance of Test Beds and the opportunities innovations provide in addressing the biggest health and care challenges facing the NHS.

Members of the national Test Beds team will give prospective Test Beds applicants an overview of the competition and expectations for NHS organisations and businesses that apply, and conclude with an open Q&A session.  The event will close with a networking lunch, giving attendees an opportunity to meet with members of the national Test Beds team, Wave 1 Test Beds, and programme partners.

Please note that attendance is not compulsory as part of the application process for Wave 2 and any information shared during the event will be available electronically via the NHS England website following the event.

To find out more or register for the briefing event, please click here. Please note the deadline for registration is Tuesday 13th March and places are limited.