The Scottish Government Scottish Health and Industry Partnership (SHIP) wish to engage with interested suppliers in the marketplace prior to a future Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) to use Innovation to Deliver Neonatal Care at Home
Preliminary Market Consultation (Innovation): Using Innovation to Deliver Neonatal Care at Home
The Scottish Government Scottish Health and Industry Partnership (SHIP) plan to launch a future Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). At this stage further dialogue with possible industry partners is desirable. As part of this Preliminary Market Consultation process, we wish to engage with interested suppliers in the marketplace. To aid the process suppliers are asked to answer a brief questionnaire. For further details including the questionnaire template please access the following link and register your interest:
DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSE TO SCOTLAND INNOVATES WEBSITE. ALL QUESTIONNAIRES MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE NOTICE POSTBOX ON PUBLIC CONTRACTS SCOTLAND.
Background The care of babies in neonatal units and maternity hospitals ranges from extremely premature babies needing complex care, to the larger number of babies that could be cared for at home but remain in hospital separated from their parents as the care they require is currently only available within a hospital. Examples of this are treatment for jaundice, types of feeding and treatment to keep babies warm and monitor weight. This separation of otherwise well babies who could be at home has an enormous impact on families and bonding, in addition to reducing the availability of scarce cots within Neonatal units, beds within maternity hospitals and avoidable costs to the NHS. This challenge affects babies and parents in every maternity hospital, the scalability and hence impact of solutions will be significant. We would like to focus this challenge on an area that has potential solutions already in development, so we are interested to know if the market has solutions that address either: A. Delivery of phototherapy outside of the neonatal environment B. Testing and recording for jaundice at home and/or out with the hospital setting Please submit any questions through Public Contracts Scotland via the Question and Answer function accessible by the following link:
Please note that this notice is for Preliminary Market Consultation for pre-tender supplier engagement only. A date for the Pre-Commercial Procurement Notice for a future competition is to be advised. Applications are welcome from any type of organisation of any size (registered in the UK, EU or EEA) that can demonstrate a credible and practical route to market. Successful Applicants for the Pre-Commercial Procurement will be able to work in partnership with a research partner site to serve as the 'test bed' to develop the innovation and to collect real-world evidence in support of future potential product approval and use across the NHS Scotland health system. When the Pre-Commercial Procurement becomes available, interested parties must make a separate application for this on the competition hosting website.