Programme update: Thank you to everyone who applied to be a NAPC digital incubator site, we had a fantastic response and a high standard of applications. We plan to run several waves and will announce the first selected sites early in 2020.
The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) has today (Wed 9 October) launched a call for applications from primary care networks to become NAPC digital incubator sites.
The programme aims to galvanise digital health innovation in primary care and support primary care networks to embrace and adopt technology that meets the needs of its population and workforce.
Selected primary care networks will have the opportunity to work with innovative digital health firms and the NAPC Digital Faculty – a network of specialists in primary care digitalisation – to test and deliver digital health innovations.
NAPC is also inviting digital start-ups that are keen to enter or increase their presence in primary care to apply to take part in the incubation programme.
To become a digital incubation site, PCNs will need to demonstrate their vision of becoming a digitally-enabled primary care network, including what would make them a good adopter of innovative health technologies, how they would secure broad buy in for new digital health solutions across the PCN and examples of previous health technology they have implemented and what challenges they faced.
Applications will also need to identify clinical and non-clinical leads who will be responsible for managing and developing the incubation programme within the primary care network.
The NAPC PCN Digital Incubation programme is part of NAPC Digital – an initiative that brings together NAPC‘s networks with clinical innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders to drive digital transformation across primary care, particularly primary care networks.
Initially, five PCNs will be selected to take part in the programme. The closing date for applications has been extended to Friday 15 November.
Unveiling the plans today at NAPC19 – NAPC annual conference in Birmingham, Dr Nav Chana MBE, National PCH Clinical Director, said: “The digital health market in primary care is vibrant but it can be hard for sites to navigate the vast array of products and services on offer and select useful and impactful technology that meets the needs of the community it serves.
“NAPC’s PCN Digital Incubation programme will provide tailored support to primary care networks who are keen to put technology to work for their patients and staff. They will be supported to test and develop innovation and to ultimately improve care for patients and working practices for staff.”
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