Funding made available for tech innovators supporting vulnerable people in lockdown

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The government is calling on innovators in technology to help support vulnerable and elderly people at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Through TechForce19, NHSX is offering £25,000 in funding to tech firms that can provide solutions to help people stay at home over the coming weeks.

The government unit is looking for solutions that are able to support remote social care, optimising staffing in care, and mental health services.

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Companies will be asked to complete an expression of interest form and interview process. The selected companies will then receive government funding to develop or test their COVID-19 solution.

Following the testing period, NHSX and partners will consider the best route for further development in order for them to best benefit people during the outbreak.

The deadline for applications is April 1.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Staying at home and avoiding contact with others will be absolutely necessary in reducing the spread of this virus and ultimately it will save lives.

“However, we know isolation is not easy – especially for older people, those who live alone, have mental health problems or those who care for others.

“If people cannot leave the house, we need to quickly find ways to bring support to them and today I am calling on the strength of our innovative technology sector to take on this challenge.

“TechForce19 will mobilise the UK’s incredible reservoir of talent to develop simple, accessible tools that can be rolled out quickly and help tackle the effect of social isolation. I am calling on our brilliant tech sector to take on this challenge.”

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