NHS organisation is looking for innovative technologies to evaluate
March 26, 2015
NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is searching for companies who are developing innovative technologies designed to improve patient care and patient health or deliver outstanding services at lower costs.
Oldham CCG’s Dragons’ Den for Innovative Healthcare Technologies offers companies working in the medtech and healthcare sectors the opportunity to secure a funded evaluationof their innovations within an appropriate NHS setting across the Oldham community.
Technologies selected for evaluation will have the potential to significantly impact on healthcare within Oldham and the wider NHS. Priority will be given to those which are not currently in use in Oldham and meet Oldham CCG’s triple aim: to improve the health of the people in Oldham; to improve the care they receive and their experience of it; and to deliver the best value for money by using resources effectively.
Companies with technologies that are deemed to have the greatest potential will be invited to a marketplace event on Thursday 11th June to exhibit and demonstrate their innovation to key NHS stakeholders and decision makers in Oldham, who will further assess the benefits and recommend a select few to present their case at a Dragons’ Den event.
On Thursday 9th July a panel of Dragons will assemble. The Dragons are likely to include members of Oldham CCG’s Management Executive Team, further Governing Body members and other key stakeholders from Oldham’s healthcare community. Before them, the recommended healthcare innovations will be pitched against each other where a number of them will be selected for evaluation in an appropriate NHS setting.
“The evaluation will enable the company to obtain invaluable evidence that their technology has benefit to the NHS.” Says Janet Glen, Industry Procurement Advisor for Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network. “Evidence that will assist the company in tendering for any procurement opportunity in promoting their unique selling point.”
This is not the first time Oldham CCG has run a Dragons’ Den programme. Dr Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer of Oldham CCG, said: “Following the huge success of the CCG’s first Dragons’ Den innovation project in 2013, we are delighted to be driving forward a further venture, which will, once again, place the people of Oldham at the heart of proposals.”
The first Dragons’ Den initiative by NHS Oldham CCG saw pilot funding agreed for more than 20 different healthcare projects based in Oldham.
After a period of evaluation and rescoping, several projects have subsequently been invested in further, including a service by ‘Outta Skool’ to manage and prevent diabetes in the local BME community, and an assisted discharge service run by the British Red Cross at Royal Oldham Hospital.
Dr Wilkinson concludes: “We are proud to be at the forefront of identifying products and technologies that will make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of Oldham. We are really trying to discover what innovations companies can come up with and how these will have a positive impact on our patients’ overall experience of their local NHS.”