This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst for the Department of Health in Northern Ireland . The aim of the competition is to source new innovative technology solutions to improve the medication pathway for people entering custody.
When people enter custody from home, police cells or court the process of moving them and information about any prescriptions they are collecting is complicated. The police need consent to access patient information and get authorisation to share it with other appropriate organisations.
People are transported from court to prison between 5pm and 7pm, when medical and pharmacy services are closed. Their current medication is verified using the Electronic Care Record (ECR). It is only when people enter prison and sign their consent that staff can access the ECR and start the prescribing process, but by then doctors’ surgeries are closed for consultation. Only 13% of medications are prescribed on the first night by the committal nursing team.
The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.
This competition closes at 12pm midday UK time on the deadline stated.
Phase 1: feasibility study
The first phase involves research and development contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution. A total of up to £250,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase 1 of the competition.
Phase 2: prototype development and evaluation
The second phase involves up to 2 R&D contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants. Up to £500,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract, in order to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 12 months.