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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Open call for unmet needs
The AHSN NENC regularly release calls for projects to fulfill unmet needs, however, we also want to identify common problems and unmet needs that are encountered within the NHS.
There are now around 2.81 million people in England diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and it is estimated that there are a further 940,000 people with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes and another seven million people are at risk of developing diabetes.
Eastern AHSN is exploring new digital and technological ways of working to improve efficiencies in NHS outpatient services. This includes reducing non-attendance and reasons for patient cancellations whilst ensuring a safe and sustainable patient pathway.
Our workforce is a pivotal part of the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP). People are one of the NHS’s greatest strengths and it is essential they get the support they need to continue delivering the best possible care.
Transformation of outpatient services
The Long Term Plan challenges the system to move from face-to- face outpatient appointments. There are digital opportunities including the redesign of outpatient services through virtual appointments, diagnostic tests and support tools for GPs, remote monitoring technology and local clinics.
People are now living far longer, but extra years of life are not always spent in good health. They are more likely to live with multiple long-term conditions, or live into old age with frailty or dementia, so that on average older men now spend 2.4 years and women spend 3 years with ‘substantial’ care needs. We are looking for innovations to contribute to changing how we care for those with frailty, as well as looking upstream to how we can prevent or delay people becoming frail.
Digital enhancement of mental health services
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme began in 2008 and has transformed treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression. There is a commitment to expanding services and improving quality using digital technologies to enhance the current IAPT programme.
There is a drive to transform the NHS and social care system to address the growing, and increasingly unsustainable, pressures faced by the system. This includes initiatives to transform the health and care workforce, to integrate health and care to better meet the needs of the population and to expand and improve access to health and social care.
Development Fund for Unmet Needs
Greater Manchester is seeking submissions from across the city-regions healthcare system for unmet needs in the areas of “living well” and “ageing well”.
Addressing patient demand through technology
Following last year’s successful partnership with RYSE Asset Management LLP, Digital Health London is collaborating again to support digital health companies to grow their business. They are looking for innovative companies that are addressing patient demand through technology.
If nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in the UK by 2025. How can people have a better understanding of diabetes and its risks, a better knowledge of what they can do to avoid developing diabetes, and what support is there to help people stay healthy?
Estates and Facilities Management
After staffing costs, providing and maintaining health and care service buildings can be one of the highest areas of spending. Families and patients also describe the importance that facilities play in treatment. What innovations could be deployed in estates and facilities management that would improve both patient experience and efficient delivery of services?