Positive impact of NHS Test Beds Wave 1 programme

Since 2016, seven NHS Test Beds have been testing innovative combinations of technology and pathway development with the aim of improving patient outcomes and experience at the same or lower cost than current practice. A new video has been launched which captures some of the learning from Wave 1. In the video a COPD patient talks frankly about the benefits of being able to monitor her own oxygen saturation levels each day, allowing her to look for signs of deterioration and to address that before she starts to feel unwell.

The seven Test Beds brought testing and evaluation of their innovations to a close in the summer and have revealed valuable lessons on how to set up NHS-industry partnerships, data sharing and information governance arrangements, as well as effective evaluation of real world innovations.

Building upon the success of Wave 1, NHS England and the Office for Life Sciences ran a Wave 2 competition between February and June 2018 with the successful sites expected to be announced in early September.

Helen Oliver, AHSN Network Test Bed Programme Director and Senior Programme Director at Eastern AHSN, said: “We were delighted to support the matchmaking phase of the Wave 2 competition on behalf of the 15 AHSNs running five matchmaking events across the country and supporting the commissioners to identify the most promising applications.

“The next wave of Test Beds provides a wonderful opportunity to tackle a whole new set of health and care challenges, while also building upon the momentum and learning gleaned from Wave 1.  It is clear to see that the Test Beds programme has made a real difference to the lives of those who have participated and in many cases has also supported clinicians to better manage patient care”.


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