CHESHIRE businesses which have products or technologies that could help prevent the spread of MRSA or similar infections are being asked to come forward to take part in a new NHS programme.
The NHS is seeking the most effective new solutions from across all industry sectors to help in the fight against healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).
The Smart Solutions for HCAI programme offers businesses the chance to have their product assessed by independent experts, with a view to evaluating it in a hospital setting and potentially supplying it across the NHS.
The programme is open to businesses or other non-NHS organisations of any size, from any sector.
Project director Bryan Griffiths from TrusTECH which is managing the project on a national basis, said: “Our aim is to find the most effective solutions to control HCAIs and we are keeping an open mind as to where these could come from. Whether it is a product from a medical company, something developed for a different purpose or even an idea from an entrepreneurial inventor working in their spare room, we will assess its potential.
"The programme is an opportunity for companies to have their products tested for use within the NHS, and potentially offers a ‘fast track’ route to becoming a supplier to hospitals and healthcare organisations across the UK.”
Applications can be submitted via the website at www.smartsolutionsforhcai.co.uk on or before September 26.