Take part in the Cancer Innovation Challenge

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationType: News Item Date Published: 25th April 2017

The recently launchedCancer Innovation Challengehave several opportunities for citizens to get involved and help shape future innovations.

The recently launched Cancer Innovation Challenge (this link will take you away from this website) have several opportunities for people to get involved and help shape future innovations. Anyone can apply, not just those who have experience of working in the healthcare sector. It’s a chance for you to apply your existing skills and experience to cancer care and make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in Scotland.

About the Challenge

The Cancer Innovation Challenge is a £1M project funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to encourage Innovation Centres in Scotland to work in partnership to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer. It provides:

  • Open funding opportunities to encourage innovation in data science to improve cancer care in Scotland
  • A programme of activities around how data science can contribute to making Scotland a world leader in cancer care

There are two key themes to the challenge:

  • New ways of accessing and analysing existing data related to their cancer journey in NHS Scotland
  • Pioneering ways of recording people’s outcomes and measures and integrating them into existing NHS systems to help clinical teams provide better care

The second theme focuses on ‘patient-centred care’ – how can we find out how the person is doing or responding to treatment between clinical appointments and how can their doctors and specialists access this information?

How to get involved

1. Be a funding call reviewer. The organisers would like a citizen reviewer for every application, and each reviewer would not be expected to review any more than 4 applications. The review process is online and there are clear assessment and scoring guidelines. Apply here (this link will take you away from this website).

2. Be part of a citizen panel and provide unbiased patient input and feedback to the funded projects. Please get in touch with Steph Wright on to register interest for this. The panel will be active between August-October 2017 with the potential for further involvement until June 2018.

Further information about the Cancer Innovation Challenge can be found on (this link will take you away from this website) 

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