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ECHAlliance selected to facilitate 2 Northern Ireland industry led collaborative growth networks

18 July 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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ECHAlliance are delighted to have been chosen to facilitate 2 Northern Ireland industry led collaborative growth networks, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Network and the Care @ Home Innovation Network, both of which are scoping study projects aimed at assessing the gaps, needs, capabilities and opportunities to support preventative and technological solutions to the growing needs in these areas.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Scoping Study Network has now been established with the most recent meeting taking place on 20 June 2017. This was well attended by stakeholders representing industry, academia, Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, patient groups / associations and third sector organisations.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Identify and engage with key relevant stakeholders in MHW to define unmet needs and to clarify market opportunities locally and internationally;
  • Carry out a needs analysis with a range of MHW service users;
  • Identify and document the main challenges faced by service providers in delivering MHW support and services;
  • Map out the existing capabilities and skills gaps inhibiting companies from exploiting opportunities in MHW;
  • Identify and signpost potential commercial tender opportunities and other possible research project opportunities relating to MHW;
  • Benchmark, capture and develop case studies on innovative approaches and interventions relevant to MHW;
  • Develop a road map for NI companies that will enable them to be better informed as to how best to develop commercial solutions for the MHW sector.

The Care @ Home Innovation Scoping Study Network has been launched with a wide range of stakeholders and members from across and beyond Northern Ireland. Its purpose is primarily to:

  • ‘Smarten’ and ‘modernise’ domiciliary care to go some way towards reducing the growing gap in the supply and demand in this sector;
  • Explore, highlight and map out the significant areas where technology and service re-engineering can have the most impact;
  • Research, design and deliver a portfolio of technology based products and services which enhance, re-engineer or re-focus the delivery of the much-needed services;
  • Identify both technology and service partners who can provide a complementary range of niche expertise to work together to deliver a strong range of possible products and services;
  • Optimise the physical hours of care delivered to those who need support in their homes, whilst maintaining service quality and people centred care;
  • Utilise real-time feedback vehicles such as a Living Lab to guide and narrow the final project focus following the scoping exercise;

The first meeting of the network took place on 27 June 2017 with attendance from industry, academia, patient groups, the third sector and Health and Social Care (HSC) representatives. The objectives of the six month project were shared and opportunities identified.

Key focus is now on sufficient data gathering to pinpoint areas where the current technological solutions can improve unmet needs in this growing market.

Contact person:Una Davey, Network Project Manager,

Article Source: ECHAlliance