Are you a start-up, small business or established company developing medical technologies to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs to the NHS? You may have identified a real day-to-day problem, and developed a great product to address it, but without clinical evidence obtained within our health system, it’s impossible to demonstrate the value of your proposition. And without evidence, NHS buyers and NICE have nothing to evaluate, so progress is stalled. Sound familiar?
In response to this need, Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and Wessex Clinical Research Network (CRN) have joined forces to create a new Technology Support Programme (TSP) which will help commercial innovators gather NHS evidence on their products, and help get effective innovations to patients faster.
The TSP is a package of strategic and clinical support for companies wanting to gather evidence on the clinical and economic efficacy of their product within the NHS and medical technology companies are now invited to apply for places on the programme.
The TSP will be targeting specific clinical themes in rounds:
- Round 1
: Innovative Rapid Diagnostic Testing and Point-of-Care Testing for Infectious Diseases (closed)
- Round 2
: Innovative Diagnostic or Monitoring tools for Reproductive and Women's Health
- More rounds will be launched this year.
The TSP is in four parts:
- Completion of an online application.
- Applications will be scored by Wessex AHSN and CRN, and a shortlist of companies will be selected.
- All selected companies will be invited to present their innovation to an expert panel at a TSP workshop. All presenters will get expert feedback and advice and, where appropriate, signposting to other opportunities.
- The panel will then select a maximum of three companies to join the TSP. Companies will be informed of the panel’s decision within five working days of the workshop.
The approved companies will then be part of the TSP and will benefit from the following:
- Engagement with a TSP theme-expert Clinical Advisor who will guide and support the development of the research study or clinical trial.
- A fully funded methodologist will co-design their research study proposal or clinical trial, support ethics approval, prepare timelines and cost templates, and liaise with the chief investigator.
- Where appropriate, a fully-funded grants expert will help identify sources of grant funding, and will support the development and submission of funding applications.
- Once funding is secured, a clinical trial will be initiated, recruitment managed within the NHS by the Clinical Research Network (CRN) Wessex, and results evaluated shared and published in a timely manner.