The Cornish public have recently shared their biggest challenges in health and social care – now local businesses are being invited to help address them.
From difficulty accessing a GP to assistance with independent living, hundreds of people attended workshops to express the challenges they face as part of the eHealth and Productivity and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (EPIC) project.
EPIC launched the £600,000 Challenge Fund on 1 November at its conference in Truro’s Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre.
More than 120 people attended the event – including representatives from the county’s major health and social care organisations and the clinical community and participants from the original workshops.
Now local businesses are invited to come forward, hear more about the challenges, work with the health teams and individuals, and bid for a share of the Challenge Fund to help design technology solutions.
Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with additional financial support from the South West Academic Health Science Network, the EPIC collaboration includes the University of Plymouth, Kernow Health CIC, Cornwall Partners in Care, the patients association, and Creative England, who will work to find technologies that can best help improve services, along with those which are, or can be, produced within Cornwall.
Project staff will support clinicians, patients, carers and others to work with Cornish companies who can then bid for funds from the Challenge Fund to develop and test their ideas.