NHS England and UK Space Agency launch multi-million pound drive to improve patient care

The UK Space Agency has today announced that it is allocating up to £4 million to find hi-tech solutions to the major health and care challenges facing the NHS in its 70th anniversary year in a joint initiative with NHS England.

These challenges, outlined by NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens in his speech to the NHS Confederation conference earlier this month, are:

  • Managing long term conditions including joining up health and care services
  • Earlier diagnosis of cancer
  • Transforming GP services and other primary care
  • Meeting mental health needs

Innovators will bid for money to turn technology originally designed for space, from exploration to satellite communications, into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.

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