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Department of Health announce new fund

Posted 02 September 2012

The Department of Health has announced a new fund to stimulate NHS digital innovation.

Up to 99,000 will be available for NHS organisations that come up with new digital services that improve patient care and help share information more easily across the NHS, the Department of Health has recently announced. The Information Sharing Challenge Fund is looking for innovative ideas that change the way information is currently used and shared between different organisations so that NHS staff, clinicians and patients can access information when they need to and patients can be involved in decisions about their care if they wish to be. NHS organisations can bid for funding if their ideas demonstrate value for money and can easily be adopted by other NHS organisations as part of the NHS Interoperability Toolkit (ITK). The toolkit is a set of standards and frameworks that allows different IT systems to connect together.

"We want to support doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to be innovative in the NHS. That is why we have created this fund to encourage NHS organisations to come up with new digital ideas that not only improve services for patients but help create an environment where local IT information can be more easily shared across the NHS. I look forward to seeing the ideas that come forward." (Lord Howe, Health Minister)

Applications to the fund are now open and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The deadline for applicants is 5th October 2012.

Further Information:

  • The Information Sharing Challenge Fund prospectus, supporting information and application form are now available for download and can be accessed on the DH website http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/category/policy-areas/nhs/innovation/ 
  • Follow the ITK Sharing Challenge Fund on Twitter at @ITKISCF
  • To assist NHS organisations in applying for ISCF funding the ITK team will be running a number of one hour webinar sessions aimed at explaining the ISCF application process in more detail and how an NHS Trusts should go about completing an application. Dates can be found on the NHS CFH website.
  • More details on the Information Strategy ('The power of information') published 21st May 2012 can be found on the DH website.
  • More information on ITK
  • HL7 UK news item on the DH Information Strategy.

Last modified 02/09/12