Applications have been opened for a scheme that aims to accelerate the adoption of digital health technologies to support those with long-term conditions.
The NHSX Digital Health Partnership Award, which opened for application bidding on July 1, 2021, has been created to enable health control at home or in the community.
The award is open to those NHS organizations that are prepared to scale their proven digital health technologies. Not suitable for NHS organizations seeking the short-term adoption of digital health technologies; silent interoperability and data approaches; or those seeking support to offer an already funded work program.
There are three categories of financing available: up to £ 100,000, £ 250,000 and £ 500,000. The award will support technologies from across the development spectrum, from the new deployment to the proven technology scale.
Application bids are needed to meet existing standards, such as for technology to adhere to digital technology evaluation criteria. In addition, applicants must demonstrate evidence to validate success and shared learning opportunities for future scale options.
Other necessary information includes:
- How the technology will be used
- How it will be implemented and adopted by patients
- What value can support partners bring and how can they speed up delivery
- How the proposed funding will be allocated
- The expected impact on the cohort of target patients.
A key component of the offering will be to demonstrate how partnerships can enable rapid scaling, deployment and leverage of technology. It will be evaluated by its combination of partners in three areas:
- Expansion through the use of technological partners
- Patient activation and adoption
- Results, benefits and evidence of the realization and presentation of impact reports.
NHS organizations will also need to show how they intend to ensure financial sustainability to continue the work and ensure that proposals demonstrate readiness for implementation within three months of funding.
Tender applications will be evaluated through an open and transparent process. An independent group of healthcare professionals will participate alongside NHSX, NHS England and NHS Improvement senior stakeholders.
Applications are open until July 31, 2021 and all applications will be commented on in August, when a short list will also be published. Confirmation of the award will take place in September, after pre-selected candidates have submitted submissions.
You can find out more about how to apply is located here.