The Department of Health (Northern Ireland) has launched two new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competitions to stimulate the development of innovative technology solutions to optimise patient health and social care outcomes through staff deployment and improved medication management.
Home Medication Management for the Elderly to Support Domiciliary Care Services – ‘HOME’
Up to £400,000 is available for up to 6 domiciliary care SBRI Phase 1 projects, which will be chosen based on their potential to maximise delivery of the right medication to the right patient at the right dose, at the right time and frequency and via the right route.
The Department of Health is seeking a solution that will help users, care workers and health professionals to manage complex medications at a time of growing demand from an ageing population in the service user’s own home.
The competition will close for applications on 20th June 2016. Up to 6 companies will be funded up to a maximum of £80,000 for a Phase 1 technical feasibility study, lasting no more than 6 months. To access the documents associated with this competition and to apply you should be registered at eTendersNI.gov.uk
FAST – Automated Staff Deployment of pharmacy staff in a hospital setting. The competition is seeking to source new innovative digital technology solutions to enable the appropriate deployment of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians within secondary care, ensuring that the requisite number of staff with the requisite skill sets would be available to help patients gain optimal outcomes from their medicines. Projects will be selected on their potential to effectively and quickly deploy acute hospital pharmacy staff to address the needs of patients in secondary care.
This competition will close for applications on 13th June 2016. Up to a maximum of 3 companies will be funded up to a maximum of £25,000 for a Phase 1 technical feasibility study, lasting no more than 6 months. To access the documents associated with this competition and to apply you should be registered at eTendersNI.gov.uk
Both competitions are available to view and download on the “etendersni” website https://etendersni.gov.uk. Before gaining access to a tender opportunity, suppliers will be required to register on the “etendersni” site. To support this, there is a link ‘registration process walkthrough’ on the home page.
SBRI competitions are open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution. For more information about the SBRI Programme, visit: https://sbri.innovateuk.org