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Business Connect Lancashire
Fenner Pearson, Managing Director, Meantime IT, describes how the Innovation Agency has helped his business to connect with the NHS, and also introduced him to other SMEs going through the same process.
How we help Lancashire SMEs to do business with the NHS
Healthcare Business Connect Lancashire is a support programme helping Lancashire businesses working in the health and life sciences sector with products or services of interest to the NHS to make the right connections. We want to help build capacity and capability and at the same time ensure high-quality patient care that is 'better, safer, faster and cost-effective'.
Our support is tailored to help start-ups and new and established businesses develop and grow their products and services by offering an impressive package of clinical and commercial assistance.
SMEs will receive a minimum of 12 hours free assistance, from market access advice to support for innovation and research applications. There’s also help with procurement advice, help on regulatory approval, access to business planning tools and one-to-one coaching. The programme offers guidance on pitching and presenting, can signpost businesses to other initiatives and will offer regular healthcare market focused events.
This support and assistance is underpinned by access to NHS and social care staff, patients and carers, along with university evaluators and academics.
Over three years to 2020, the aim is to support 100 new and existing SMEs, enabling them to create 60 new jobs and launch 25 new products. If you have an innovation or product that can make care and services better, safer, faster and cost-effective then contact us now for help in achieving your ambitions.
Healthcare Business Connect Lancashire is a partnership between the Innovation Agency and Lancaster Health Hub, part of Lancaster University.
Nick Gray of UKDI describes his pioneering stretcher
UKDI produces the Recovery +. This lightweight, three-part foldable stretcher is made from plastic and is designed to provide a range of safe options to respond to planned and unplanned emergencies. It has now been in NHS operational use for nearly two years with very positive reviews. Nick said the Innovation Agency helped the company make contact with the appropriate figures in the NHS to promote the product.
Doug Hopkins on how Salaso’s physio films boost patient confidence
Salaso have developed a suite of online physio videos to increase patient confidence in, commitment to and compliance with rehab exercises. Salaso physio videos reduce clinical variation and improve rehab and recovery. Doug says the Innovation Agency helped the company in building relations with the right people in the health service.
Heath Groves outlines Sundown Solutions’ bed-state tracker
The bed state tracker system helps hospitals identify community beds to reduce discharge delays. NHS England have agreed a pilot which is taking place across the Midlands, London and the North West. The company has won the prestigious Red Rose award for best digital solution in healthcare, and Heath said it benefited from the Innovation Agency’s help in focusing its marketing and communications efforts.