Competition launches to encourage green innovations

SBRI Healthcare, in partnership with the Greener NHS programme and the AHSN Network, has launched a new competition to encourage green innovations for a more sustainable healthcare system. ‘Competition 24: Delivering a Net Zero NHS for a Healthier Future’ is aimed at early-stage innovations, and open to single organisations from the UK or EU from private, public and third sectors.

The competition hopes to encourage applications focusing on three key areas: clinical community engagement, “novel business models to enable circularity in perioperative care and critical care settings”, and net zero clinical transformation.

Under clinical community engagement, the competition is looking for innovative approaches to “engaging and empowering clinical professional and specialty groups to decarbonise their area of work and transition to delivering lower carbon models of care”.

With regards to novel business models to enable circularity, the competition is looking for strong partnerships to enable circular models “that will ultimately increase and sustain levels of reuse, manufacture and material recovery”. In particular, the NHS seeks to improve access to sustainable equipment used in perioperative and critical care, and to minimise generation of waste.

On net zero clinical transformation, the competition is seeking “innovations that take a holistic view of end-to-end care delivery enabling “evidence based, high-quality, outcome driven, low carbon care for all”, with a particular interest in “high volume care pathways and those known to be carbon intensive”.

Applications open on the 31st of October, and close on November 22nd. More details can be found here.

In wider sustainability news, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (ESTH) has published a green plan with ambitions including an audit of their digital infrastructure and the development of a new digital strategy which will place focus on whole-system intelligence and health and social care integration.

In August, we covered Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network’s latest accelerator to support innovators with digital and patient solutions spread nationally.