First wave of Test Beds

Wave 1 of the NHS Test Beds programme saw seven NHS and industry partnerships test combinations of digital technology and pathway redesign in real-world settings.  The first wave of seven Test Beds was announced by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday 22 January 2016.  In total, the programme involved:

  • 51 digital products
  • 75 partner organisations, including innovators, NHS, local authorities and third sector
  • Over 4000 patients directly involved in testing of innovation in real world settings

The first wave of NHS Test Beds – What does taking part mean?

Frontline health and care workers in seven regions pioneered and evaluated the use of novel combinations of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working in order to  help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves at home.

The overall aim of Wave 1 of the Test Beds programme was 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 Wave 1 Test Beds tackled clinical challenges such as dementia, diabetes and mental health through technology including algorithms, sensors and the Internet of Things.

Five health and care Test Beds

  • Integrated Mental Health Urgent Care Test Bed: 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.