The Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia makes available £1 million for winning innovative NHS projects designed to increase diagnosis rates. The idea of the Challenge Prize is to bring about reductions in the proportion of people whose dementia goes undiagnosed and who consequently miss-out on specialist services and support which can help them and their carers.
Successful applications will need to provide evidence of improvements in the diagnosis rates in their areas, and / or proof of enhancements in provision and effectiveness of services within their health communities subsequent to diagnosis.
Desirable Features / Outcomes
Suggested areas for improvements might include:
- Access to dementia specialists locally.
- Locally trained specialists.
- Specialists undertaking outreach.
- Video links to specialists from GP surgeries.
- Reductions in patient travelling distances by:
- Combining tests into multidisciplinary testing.
- Combining tests with annual health checks, flu jabs etc.
- Online testing.
- Provision of home self-testing.
- Use of new technologies to improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementia.
- Integrated working and joint commissioning between health and social care.
- Co-design and co-production: people with dementia and their carers participating in projects.
- Quality assurance: measurements of improvements in patient and carer experience.
- Quality assurance: objective demonstrations of how innovations deliver higher productivity and cost-effectiveness in health and care systems.
Dementia challenge: NHS innovation challenge prizes. London: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, 2013.
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Launch of new prize to drive forward innovation in dementia care. London: Department of Health, February 13th 2013.
The prize scheme is co-sponsored by Janssen Healthcare Innovation, an entrepreneurial team within Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].