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From September 2021, Q Lab UK will be working on a new project, in partnership with NHSX. Together we’ll explore how to build staff and patient trust and confidence in technology-enabled remote monitoring, so that it can be scaled across the health and care system.

Q Lab UK offers a bold new approach to making progress on health and care challenges. Working on a single challenge, we bring together organisations and individuals from across the UK to pool what is known about a topic, uncover new insights and develop and test ideas. Previous projects have focussed on peer support, and mental health and persistent back and neck pain.

Find out more about the topic and how you can take part.

Why are we looking at technology-enabled remote monitoring?

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, technology and digital transformation were priorities for the health and care system. Although the pressures of the pandemic have accelerated the scale and pace of adoption of digital care in some settings, pre-existing trends and challenges have intensified. This means that care enabled by digital is a key part of the vision for improving value and access for patients, and recovery of the health and care system following the acute stage of COVID-19.

We believe that by bringing together teams with digital expertise and improvement expertise, we can create sustainable models for different settings and population needs that prioritise staff wellbeing and make progress on this vital challenge for the system.

What do we mean by technology-enabled remote monitoring?

Technology-enabled remote monitoring is the use of technology, devices or apps to support patients to monitor and manage their health or
long-term conditions. Technology-enabled remote monitoring enables the remote exchange of information, primarily between a patient or citizen and a health or care professional, to assist in diagnosing or monitoring health status or promoting good health.

What does it mean to be part of a Q Lab UK project?

This project is an opportunity to collaborate across organisational and professional boundaries in the UK and Ireland. Participants will uncover insights and learning about how to build staff and patient trust and confidence in technology-enabled remote monitoring to support people at home so that it can be scaled across the health and care system.

Everyone who participates in the Lab can expect to attend workshops to connect, collaborate and learn with others who have a shared interest in the topic. There are two main roles for Q members and others to play in this project: as a test team or as a contributor.

What does the Lab process look like?

The Lab will take place over six months, structured around a series of workshops that guide people through each stage of the design process and facilitate peer learning. This roadmap below shows each of these phases and the workshop dates.

After the Lab process has finished in May 2022 there is an opportunity for test teams to bid for grant funding. For further detail on each of the phases, take a look at Be part of Q Lab UK.

Getting involved

Collaboration is key to the Lab’s approach, working across geographical, organisational and professional boundaries with people who contribute time, experience and expertise.

Find out more by taking a moment to read the information pack, Be part of Q Lab UK. In here you’ll find a detailed outline of the Lab process, key dates and further details on the two roles: contributor and test team.

Read Be part of Q Lab UK

How to sign up

If you are interested in signing up, please take a look at the details on how to apply for each role.

Sign up to be a contributor

Complete the contributor registration form below and the Q Lab UK team will be in touch.

Sign-up to be a contributor

Apply to be a test team

The deadline for applications has now passed. If you have any questions please get in touch QLab@health.org.uk

About NHSX

NHSX is a joint unit of NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care, supporting local NHS and care organisations to:

  • digitise their services
  • connect the health and social care systems through technology
  • transform the way patients’ care is delivered at home, in the community and in hospital.

NHSX provides funding and support to NHS regions across England to scale projects that use technology, devices or apps to support people to monitor and manage their health or long term conditions at home or their place of residence. These digital tools enable patients and citizens to self-monitor and become partners in their care, with the aim of moving from a focus on illness to a focus on wellness.

In 2021/22 their work includes:

  • Supporting patients and citizens living with long-term conditions to self-monitor at home using technology (including 400k people for whom a Care Home is their home).
  • Support patients to be cared for in a virtual ward should their condition exacerbate, in the knowledge their care is being monitored by clinical teams.
  • Supporting annual physical health checks for people living with a severe mental illness.