Test Beds

Seven NHS and industry partnerships are testing combinatorial innovations in real-world settings, under the Test Beds Programme.

The first wave of seven Test Beds were announced by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday 22 January 2016.

Frontline health and care workers in seven areas will pioneer and evaluate the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which will help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.

Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt and adapt to the particular needs of their local populations.

The aim is to improve patient outcomes and experience of care, at the same or lower cost than current practice, whilst supporting economic growth.

Read the report ‘Test Bed programme’s story so far’ and find out how the Test Beds are tackling clinical challenges such as dementia, diabetes and mental health through technology including algorithms, sensors and the Internet of ThingsTest.

Five health and care Test Beds

  • RAIDPlus: Building on the RAID model, this Test Bed is developing a demand and capacity tool that shows patient flow in real-time and a predictive algorithm to identify when people are going to experience a mental health crisis. This allows for more effective capacity management.
  • Care City: The objective of this Test Bed is to test a combination of digital devices and software alongside new approaches to service delivery and patient participation. The new pathways support older people with long term conditions,  older people with dementia, and carers.
  • Long term conditions early intervention: Promoting early intervention to reduce the burden of ill-health by developing a predictive algorithm, redesigning pathways, and training health professionals.
  • Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance: Improving support for people over 55 living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, heart failure and dementia to remain well in the community. Integrating technologies and linking them to new care models supporting self-care at home.
  • Perfect Patient Pathway: Improving pathways for asthma, diabetes, falls and frailty by increasing access to technology and facilitating information sharing.

Two Internet of Things (IoT) Test Beds

  • Technology Integrated Health Management: Individuals living with dementia and their carers are being provided with sensors, wearables, monitors and other devices, which will combine into an ‘Internet of Things’ to monitor their health at home. The aim is to reduce the need for GP visits and unplanned admissions to hospital, prevent or delay the need for costly long-term care in nursing homes, and reduce demands on carers.
  • Diabetes Digital Coach: Providing people with type one and type two diabetes with a selection of integrated digital tools to manage their condition.