Outpatient transformation

Could you develop innovations that support the transition to more primary and community care, as well as digitally supported models of care?

The challenge

Covid-19 has led to a significant backlog in review of referrals in secondary care. Since capacity is not going to match demand, innovative ways of managing patients differently to reduce unnecessary referrals are eagerly sought.

Covid-19 has also provided a trigger for a more rapid adoption of the change process leading to the use of more digital solutions, such as virtual working and contacts with patients made electronically.

There is the need to ensure the correct patients access secondary care services with an emphasis to support more activity in the primary care and community setting, as well as a more self-directed model of care.

Have you got the solution? 

The SBRI Centre of Excellence is seeking innovations that support one or more of the following key areas:

  • Management of conditions that require multiple tests for either a decision to refer/treat or as part of a disease surveillance pathway
  • Patient-clinician digital communication
  • Review of images/samples

The challenge is structured in two phases. In phase 1, you can apply for a share of up to £400,000 to deliver 3-month feasibility and/or demonstrator projects.

It is expected that up to six phase 1 projects will be funded.

The most promising phase 1 solutions may be able to access additional funding to further develop and test their proposals in phase 2.

Closing date

The deadline to apply to phase 1 is noon, 14 May 2021.

How to get involved

Get more details about this open call competition