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NHS offers funding for ideas to help GP practices cope with rising demand

NHS offers funding for ideas to help GP practices cope with rising demand

Companies, organisations and charities are invited to apply for up to £100,000 to develop an idea that will help struggling GP practices cope with rising demand.

The NHS is seeking to help GP practices tackle their rising workloads through better use of management and technology solutions.


In partnership with the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), the NHS is offering funding in two stages. Ideas that could help manage workloads, provide faster diagnostic testing and promote patient self-care will be considered for an initial stage of funding lasting six months. The deadline for applications is 24 November 2016.

Successful projects in phase 1 could then qualify for 100% funding of up to £1 million for a second stage that will allow for the development of prototypes for evaluation.

The developers of the ideas selected will be retained by the developer, but with some rights of use retained by the NHS.

Tim Godfrey

Tim Godfrey: “with the deadline for applications less than 3 weeks away, time is of the essence.”

Tim Godfrey, who heads Bishop Fleming‘s Healthcare team, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for those in the care and medical fields to develop an idea that will bring a real and lasting improvement to GP practices. The fact that the NHS will provide full funding for feasible solutions, with the developer retaining the IP, means it is a good commercial deal for any organisation to consider.”

He added that his team were ready to help anyone wishing to apply for funds by the deadline.

Further details about the competition can be found at SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England initiative which aims to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice.


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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