• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Clinically-led competition which aims to help develop solutions that improve patients’ lives and support NHS efficiency.

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £100,000 

  • Opens: 28 Sep 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 17 Nov 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Reducing pressure on urgent and emergency care


SBRI healthcare
SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England funded initiative to develop innovative products and services that address unmet health needs, today announced the launch of its latest clinically-led competition which aims to help develop solutions that improve patients' lives and support NHS  efficiency. In this latest round, SBRI Healthcare is offering companies each up to £100,000 Phase 1 feasibility funding to develop products that reduce the current pressures put on urgent and emergency care services. 
NHS England
The number of attendances at A&E has risen significantly in the last decade putting pressure on urgent and emergency care services and increasing waiting times.  21.7 million visited A&E in the last year*, a greater than 30% rise in the last decade. More than 70% of hospital bed days are occupied by A&E admissions and 80% of A&E admissions who stay for more than two weeks are patients aged over 65.
The new competition invites companies to specifically turn their minds to developing products that will help patients, clinicians and managers deliver high-quality and efficient urgent and emergency care.  Bids are welcomed from all sectors and particularly keen to invite companies working in non-health fields to consider whether the technologies they are developing could be applied to the challenges we face for urgent care.

Briefing event

Briefing events for businesses to learn about the competition will take place on October 13, Manchester and October 21, Bristol.  For further details please visit the SBRI Healthcare website 

How to apply

All bids should be made using the Application Form. Instructions on how to access this document and other competition material are available at the SBRI Healthcare website 
Competition Open Date: 28/09/15
Competition Close Date: 12.00 noon 17/11/2015