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Delivering expert innovation services to NHS Scotland

Supporting the NHS response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Never has there been a more urgent time to accelerate new ideas and innovations. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to an unprecedented change in the NHS, and a new fund from Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) will harness the knowledge and expertise of health and social care professionals across Scotland to develop innovative solutions in response to the crisis.

The package of support includes up to £25k of initial seed funding, combined with regulatory support, project management and the extensive innovation expertise of SHIL, who have worked in partnership with NHS Scotland since 2002.

The process is designed to be simple, and whilst health and social care professionals are being targeted, students, volunteers, companies and others with innovative ideas that would benefit from collaboration with the NHS can also submit.

Ideas can range from the simple to the complex. A medical device, a piece of technology, software or service offering. It may be an idea to support diagnostics, home care, hygiene or mental health. Anything to improve patient care and the fight against COVID-19 will be welcomed and considered. 

All ideas will be rapidly assessed, and SHIL will support selected innovations from concept to final product, working closely with its stakeholders to accelerate innovative solutions.

This dedicated fund from SHIL, sits as part of a broader portfolio of innovation calls in Scotland, all designed to support the NHS Scotland response to COVID-19.

The process is designed to be simple and quick. An online submission form is available at www.shil.co.uk/submit 

Details such as a description of your innovation, general medical field, stage of the idea and technical information if relevant can be provided. Information including name an email contact will also be required. Useful resources include:

 

No set limit, the intention is to rapidly assess all submissions and fast track those with potential. This is an evolving situation and SHIL will maintain flexibility to best support NHS Scotland at this time.

All ideas are welcomed – from simple to complex, from all disciplines and any member of staff. It could be a medical device, a piece of technology, software or service offering; it could support diagnostics, home care, hygiene or mental health. Anything to improve patient care and the fight against COVID-19 will be welcomed and considered. 

Developing new innovations to help the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a priority for governments across the world - multiple funding sources are available. For example:

  • €164 million made available for R&D via the European Innovation Council
  • €45 million from the European Commission Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) for research proposals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

To be clear, this is initial and rapid ‘kick start’ funding allowing promising innovations to be fast-tracked with additional funding leveraged as needed to support development, testing or manufacture. SHIL have years of experience in leveraging additional funds from organisations such as Scottish Enterprise, Innovate UK, EU and private investment community. 

In simple terms, yes. SHIL have worked in partnership with NHS Scotland since 2002, protecting and supporting NHS initiated ideas, but we also assess and support ideas from students, members of the public, start-ups, SMEs and established companies that would benefit from collaboration with the NHS.  

We shouldn’t underestimate the pressures staff are under right now; but equally we should not underestimate how much they care – rapid service changes, changes in work environment, extra shifts; staff across the service, and indeed across other sectors, are going above and beyond in the fight against COVID-19. If they can offer a solution, we want to make this quick. A simple online submission form captures the idea and then the team at Scottish Health Innovations Ltd (SHIL) will drive this forward. It is the way the team have always worked – working collaboratively with health professionals, managing projects that would otherwise be difficult to balance with clinical or personal commitments. We have already had ideas submitted to us, and this really just further emphasises the dedication of our health professionals.

 

This will vary by project and depends on many factors e.g. complexity, stage of development, funding requirements. We are working at pace across Scotland and will accelerate ideas to the next stage as quickly as possible.

SHIL has an established national innovation pathway, however this is a rapidly evolving situation and therefore SHIL will maintain flexibility to best support NHS Scotland at this time.

SHIL will assess and support selected innovations from concept to final product. The innovation team have years of experience evaluating ideas from health professionals.

An established evaluation process exists including viability of the idea, regulatory considerations, market assessment, commercial feasibility, clinical evaluation and technical considerations. These will be flexible and proportionate to the urgency and need for innovation

SHIL is also working at this time is to support resilience and protect the NHS

Working closely with colleagues across NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of the collective effort, we are providing our services and support in:

Contact the team

  • Immediate enquiries can be sent to info@shil.co.uk
  • The team is fully operational on a remote basis - email and mobile numbers are available via Our People section of the website

Useful links

  • Search the following hashtags: #Coronavirus #COVID19 on Twitter
  • Daily updates via @scotgov
  • Latest health advice via @nhs24

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and all advice and support from SHIL will be kept under continuous review to reflect changing circumstances.