Media Release: Unique 'living lab' to test innovative healthcare is heading to Surrey

A consortium guided by Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) has successfully bid to make Surrey an officially designated "test bed" for innovative new healthcare.

It will see some of the most innovative organisations and companies test leading edge technology with the potential to transform care for patients across the world. Surrey residents will be among the first to benefit from this dynamic new approach and from the expertise in Europe's first 5G Innovation Centre.

The concept of "test beds" comes from the "Five Year Forward View". Published by NHS England in 2015, the Five Year Forward View is a blueprint for how the healthcare system will meet rising demand.

The project in Surrey, along with six others from around the country, is being unveiled by Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England, at the World Economic Forum in Davos today (Friday 22 January 2016).

It is part of the first wave of NHS "Test Beds" - collaborations between the NHS and innovators which aim to harness technology to address some of the most complex issues facing patients and the health service.  Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt for their local populations.
These collaborations between the NHS and innovators aim to harness technology to address some of the most complex issues facing patients and the health service. 

The Surrey bid was led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Consortium partners include KSS AHSN, the University of Surrey, The Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark, and Danish entrepreneurs Public Intelligence.

Guy Boersma, Managing Director, Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, said:
"Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together the test bed bid and bringing this exciting opportunity to Surrey patients, residents and staff.

"KSS AHSN has aligned its work with delivery of the aims of the Five Year Forward View. The test beds are central to the Five Year Forward View and I'm delighted that Surrey is among the successful bidders.

"With our 65+ age group projected to rise by over 33% in the next 15 years and our working age population projected to rise by only 3%, it's clear that technology is going to have to play a major part".

"The Surrey test bed will be at the forefront of work with leading edge technologies that can help solve this huge challenge.

"I'm delighted that our strong relationship with colleagues in the Region of Southern Denmark means that we will benefit from invaluable Danish expertise as we take this project forward."

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said:
"Our new NHS Test Beds programme aims to cut through the hype and test the practical benefits for patients when we bring together some of these most promising technologies in receptive environments inside the world's largest public, integrated health service."

The Surrey bid is known as "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. Individuals and their carers will be provided with sensors, wearables, monitors and other devices, which will combine into an 'Internet of Things' to monitor their health at home.

The successful bid will see the creation of a Living Lab at the University of Surrey. The challenges in the English and Danish health care sectors are very similar and innovation is one of the ways we can create the health care of the future.

Peter Julius, Partner and Senior Consultant at Public Intelligence, said:
"The ambition is to bring forth a living lab that is unique to the world. It is a high class, full power, working living lab and will attract companies from all over the world who will be involved in co-creating new products and new services that will help make future health services even better."

Listen to more of what Peter Julius has to say here

University of Surrey are harnessing the possibilities of modern wireless technology for the health and social care sector and is the home to Europe's first 5G test centre which was brought in to the consortium by KSS AHSN. This will all empower people to take more control over their own health and wellbeing, as well as enabling health and social care staff to deliver more responsive and effective services.
These projects are part of IoTUK, an integrated £40 million, three-year, Government programme that seeks to advance the UK's global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector.

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