About the NHS England Test Bed Programme

The NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, set out the intention to develop a small number of ‘test beds’. These sites will evaluate the real world impact of new technologies offering both better care and better value for taxpayers, testing them together with innovations in how NHS services are delivered.

Together with the UK Government and the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), NHS England invited innovators from the UK and globally to express interest in deploying and testing their innovations in this flagship initiative.

In January 2016, NHS England announced the launch of seven test bed pilot sites across the country. Each site will use combinations of technology to test out new models of care available for patients to help monitor their care at home and stay well.

Below you will find a list of all the test bed sites and links to their projects:

  • Care city innovation – which will promote healthy ageing across a million-strong population in North East London.
  • Long term conditions early intervention programme – which will see the NHS in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale working with Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), MSD (a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, NJ, USA), Health E Research and the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network to help healthcare professionals better identify and support patients at risk of long term conditions using the most advanced new predictive techniques.
  • Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA) test bed – which will see the NHS, including two New Care Model Vanguard sites, partner with Philips and a number of SMEs and social enterprises to support the frail elderly and people with long term conditions to remain well outside of hospital and avoid unnecessary admissions.
  • PErfect Patient PAthway (PEPPA) test bed – aims to create the ‘perfect patient pathway’ to bring substantial benefits for patients in the Sheffield City Region suffering from long term conditions, such as diabetes, mental health problems, respiratory disease, hypertension and other chronic conditions.
  • RAIDPlus integrated mental health urgent care test bed – which will see Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust partner with Accenture, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Joint Commissioning Team, The Strategy unit hosted by Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, West Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Police to offer more proactive support for people at risk of mental health crisis.

There are two Internet of Things (IoT) Test Beds:

  • Diabetes digital coach – a project led by the West of England AHSN in partnership with Diabetes UK and technology companies including Hewlett Packard.
  • Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) – a collaboration between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and an array of health technology providers which will help people with dementia to live in their own homes for longer.

For more information about the NHS England test bed programme please visit the website.

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