Calling all creative digital ideas to improve health and social care

Posted on 6 December 2016 (Permalink)


Staffordshire County Council and Tenshi have announced the Dare to Solve: Health and Social Care Innovation Contest to find innovative solutions to help better deliver public services across health and social care sectors.

With the digital revolution in full swing, Staffordshire County Council has recognised the opportunity of using digital solutions to enable residents to live healthier, happier lives and to deliver public services more efficiently. Two challenges are being put forward through the Dare to Solve contest, around the themes of empowering health and wellbeing in adults and increasing support for families and children.

The ‘Empowering health and wellbeing self-management in adults’ challenge looks to harness digital technology to manage and meet the rising demand for health services. The challenge is focussed on helping adults to increase control and management of their own wellbeing, maintain healthy lifestyles and access preventative services in non-traditional ways. The challenge aims to catch preventable diseases sooner, enable people to access services more easily and empower more independent, resilient citizens.

The ‘Using data to better support families’ challenge seeks new ways to combine, visualise and communicate shared multi-agency data to anticipate and direct at risk families and children to earlier support and help them thrive. This will help families find solutions to challenges before they reach crisis point and increase the effectiveness of services. This challenge is supported with a grant of £30,000 for the winning company to develop and trial a prototype in collaboration with Staffordshire County Council and the Building Resilient Families and Communities in Staffordshire Partnership, whose membership includes Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire Police and the Kings School.

The winning companies will gain the opportunity to collaborate with the contest partners to accelerate the development of their technology. The winning entrepreneurs will retain 100 per cent of their IP and will receive mentoring and promotion to help bring their solutions to market.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for health, care and wellbeing, Alan White ,said: “Staffordshire County Council is committed to improving how we support and respond to the needs our residents. We’re looking forward to seeing how we can use emerging technologies to increase the efficiency and impact of our services to enable our residents to live healthy, prosperous lives.”

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 21 December 2016. Shortlisted entries will be invited to a live pitch and Q&A with a panel of judges. The launch of trials for successful applicants is scheduled to take place in Spring 2017.

Full information on the contest is available here.