Can you help people to get the equipment they need to recover, when they need it?
Newcastle Science City is continuing to work with neurological rehabilitation provider KEIRO to piece together a better way for people to receive the care they need to recover from traumatic brain injury or long-term neurological conditions.
KEIRO is looking for partners to help it deliver a service that makes the patient’s journey from hospital to recovery more efficient, and is open to linking up with companies or consortia who share its ambitious vision.
Boda Gallon, Chief Executive of KEIRO said: “It’s about changing the model of existing equipment provision to one that’s more flexible, responsive and not so fixed-capital intense that can adapt as the customers’ needs change.”
Equipment: The problem
Every year, 1.1m people in the UK are affected by Acquired Brain Injury, which can be caused by trauma such as accidents or strokes. Ideally, their road to recovery will take them from hospital, to rehabilitation, through transitional housing and finally back to their own home. But during this journey, they will need a range of assistive technologies to help them back on their feet, from wheelchairs to stairlifts.
Some of this equipment is provided by loan centres, run by local councils and the NHS. But it’s only available to people who meet certain criteria.
The challenge is to find a partner who can build links with equipment providers and manage stock, so that equipment can be handed out when needed, collected when it’s not, and re-used when appropriate.
KEIRO is looking to partner with an organisation with experience in logistics, or with innovative ideas on how to make the process work better.
This could be an existing public, private or third sector provider, or a company with experience outside the health and rehab fold, in areas such as car hire or logistics.
Matt Hindhaugh of Newcastle Science City said: “This is an opportunity that could make use of the expertise of a number of people, both in and out of the health and rehabilitation sector.
“We’re looking for an organisation that understands what’s involved in getting the right equipment to the patient when they need it, making sure it’s returned when it’s no longer required, and enabling others to make use of it afterwards. It’s an opportunity that requires a head for logistics, but it’s a vitally important role in helping people to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”