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In November 2021, Q Lab UK began working on a new project with the NHS, in partnership for digital health and care. Together we are exploring 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