Funds offered to help develop GP practices of the future

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Companies, organisations and charities have less than three weeks to apply for up to £100,000 in funding to develop an innovative idea to help struggling GP practices cope with rising demand.

Run in association with the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), the NHS is looking to help GP practices tackle their rising workloads through better use of management and technology solutions.

Demand for general practice is at its highest ever, with the number of GP doctors declining. Ideas that could help manage workloads, provide faster diagnostic testing and promote patient self-care will be considered for an initial stage of funding lasting 6 months. The deadline for applications is 24 November 2016.

Successful projects in phase 1 could attract 100% funding of up to £1m for a phase 2 stage that will allow for the development of prototypes for evaluation. Intellectual property (IP) rights are retained by the developer, but with some rights of use retained by the NHS.

Tim Godfrey, who heads Bishop Fleming’s Healthcare team, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for those in the care and medical fields to develop an idea that will bring a real and lasting improvement to GP practices. The fact that the NHS will provide full funding for feasible solutions, with the developer retaining the IP, means it is a good commercial deal for any organisation to consider.”

He added: “With the deadline for applications less than 3 weeks away, time is of the essence.”

Mr Godfrey said his team stood ready to help anyone wishing to apply for funds by the deadline.

Further details about the competition can be found at www.sbrihealthcare.co.uk or by contacting Bishop Fleming’s Healthcare team.

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