Bradford CCGs open for innovation

More than 100 people joined forces in Bradford this Tuesday, 18 October 2016, for a vibrant and inspiring innovation day.

The Open for Innovation event, hosted by Digital Catapult Yorkshire, brought together small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs for an exciting opportunity to develop digital solutions that address some of Bradford’s major health challenges. The event was also a chance to hear more about Bradford’s journey to innovation and plans to use digital technology to transform the way services can be delivered.

Three key health challenges were presented by NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). These challenges focused on; children and young people in urgent and emergency care, medicines optimisation, and referrals to and discharge from hospital based services. Afternoon workshop sessions provided the opportunity for further discussion and exploration into each challenge with experts on hand from the Bradford CCGs.

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Delegates are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) online, to show that their idea is scalable and innovative. These EOIs should demonstrate how proposed solutions can bring real opportunity for change and improve services for the future.

Reflecting back on the event Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair, NHS Bradford Districts CCG, said “It was great to see representation from lots of different companies who are bringing innovative, creative ideas to the table. Most people now use digital technology as part of their everyday lives. It is vital that as buyers of health care we look at how we can apply this technology to improve the experience of people accessing health care, improve health outcomes and empower our local population to manage their own health better. We are excited to see what ideas come back from the event.”

Ian Sharp, chief executive, DHEZ Ltd, said “The event was a fantastic opportunity for businesses to talk directly to clinical leads and commissioners about the challenges they face and to discuss how they can collaborate to improve efficiency and patient outcomes. The real point though, is that the businesses have the chance to propose a solution to solve the challenges and run co-created experiments to prove that quality outcomes can be achieved from these innovations.”

Open for Innovation was run by Digital Catapult, on behalf of the Bradford CCGs, in collaboration with Medipex Ltd and DHEZ Ltd. The event was the first step in the Bradford CCGs innovation process, which is part of the Bradford Bright Ideas programme.

The Bradford CCGs are looking for ideas that are ready to pilot by April 2017. Expressions of interest can be submitted online before the 1st November 2016. 

The storify for the event can be found here