(Round 6) theme is: Targeted population solutions for improved Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious metabolic disorder caused by a
lack of or ineffective production of insulin that leads to high blood glucose
levels. In the UK, diabetes is estimated to affect 3.8 million people (over age
16) and costs the NHS circa £8.8 billion annually to treat or manage diabetic
patients . While Type 2 diabetes comprises ~90% of the affected diabetic
population , Type 1 diabetes presents a particular need for technology
advancement. The opportunities for improved diabetes care, are as follows:
- Specific Type 1 patient groups who are challenged
by physical or cognitive difficulties, making diabetes self-management
difficult to attain. Specifically, in the frail, learning disabilities and
paediatric groups, there is a need to simplify the insulin delivery process either
through assistive adjuncts or user-friendly insulin pump designs, reducing the
burden on district nurse visits.
- Currently, clinicians issue information and
individualised charts to help patients adjust their normal bolus dose. However,
patients often find it inconvenient to apply. Thus, there is a need for software/hardware
to enable better glucose management by providing user-friendly bolus
decision-making that incorporates real-time patient information about exercise and
diet. Ideally, alongside interconnectivity with continuous glucose monitors and
electronic food diaries that incorporate the glycaemic index of foods.
- Data-driven technologies that stratify Type 1
patients according to effectiveness of treatments, in order to support
clinicians with treatment personalisation and the prediction of outcomes.
- Relevant to both types of Diabetes, currently
clinicians find it difficult to keep track of their patients’ diabetes knowledge,
skills and confidence. While there are several effective patient activation
digital solutions for Diabetes, there is still a need for solutions that enable
diabetic care teams to monitor and modulate their patients’ learning. In
addition, these solutions should keep records of all the educational packages
being accessed by patients, enabling effective monitoring of what has/hasn’t
worked and at what stages.
The TSP (Round 6) is seeking companies that are
working in these areas and have an innovation, not currently in use in the NHS,
which they want to test in an NHS setting. The selected company will benefit
from a research-active NHS partnership that will facilitate the set-up and
delivery of the prospective research.
How to apply:
- The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23 September 2019.
- Shortlisted applications
will be notified by the 30 September 2019.
- Shortlisted companies will
be asked to present at the TSP workshop on the 16 October 2019 at the Southampton Science Park - please save this date
in your diary as we will not be able to re-arrange a date. A decision to
progress working with the company will be made shortly after.
- If you have any questions
please email Sandra Nwokeoha: email@example.com