Life sciences funding of £450k available to improve dermatology

One hundred per cent funding on the table from NHS Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to help take the burden off public sector health services 

One hundred per cent R&D (research and development) funding of up to £450k is now available for innovative solutions to improve dermatology care in Scotland.
It’s being offered by NHS Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, in a bid to find a solution to improve dermatology care and take the burden off public sector healthcare services.

New solutions, which include the following (but are not limited to), are being sought from industry partners:

  • Increasing the number of citizens who can better manage their ongoing skin condition through lifestyle and prevention or early intervention, combined with enhanced compliance with medication and treatment
  • Providing secure, ‘virtual discussions’ between citizens, GPs, nurse specialists, dermatologists and other specialty doctors. Virtual discussions should allow sharing of digital (including 3D) images of skin conditions, data reported by patients (collected over agreed times) and collected by other healthcare professionals
Innovations should result in the following outcomes:
  • An increase in virtual discussions and decrease in face-to-face consultations
  • A better connected educational network, with better-informed citizens and healthcare professionals. Patients should be able to better self-manage their skin conditions. They should also recognise the importance of attending consultations when determined for clinical reasons
  • Reduced routine return appointments
  • The use of ‘smart booking’ technology to allow patients to initiate their own reviews
  • Reduced administrative burden for clinicians by electronically recording and reporting outcome measures and next actions
For more information, or to register, click here before the January 4 deadline.