AHSNs are supporting the test beds announced by Simon Stevens at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2016. Test beds are taking place across the UK to test the impact of “combinatorial innovation”. In these seven localities, frontline health and care workers are pioneering and evaluating the use of novel combinations of different technologies and innovations in service delivery. This might be a new model for people with dementia that combines wearable devices linked into mobile technology, implemented alongside tech-enabled housing with new roles helping support them to stay well at home. Successful innovations will then be available for other parts of the country to adopt and adapt to the particular needs of their local populations.
All of the test beds involve AHSNs. These are:
- The Long Term Conditions Early Intervention Programme: Greater Manchester AHSN.
- RAIDPlus integrated mental health urgent care test bed: West Midlands AHSN.
- Diabetes Digital Coach: West of England AHSN.
- Care City: a London-based project to enable implementation and evaluation of nine innovations that will improve care delivered to people with long-term conditions, improve the experience of people with dementia, and improve resilience of carers.
- Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance – supporting the frail elderly and people with long term conditions to remain well: Innovation Agency.
- Perfect Patient Pathway – improved care for people suffering from long term conditions: Yorkshire & Humber AHSN.
- Technology Integrated Health Management for Dementia – using technology to improve the quality of life for people with dementia: Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN. The 5G centre in Guildford, which is part of the test bed consortium led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was highlighted at the G7 Summit in Japan in April by the Information and Communication Technology Ministers, indicating the worldwide interest in its development.