In March, DHSC and MHCLG announced that funding would be available to innovators who can find digital ways to support people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This ‘Techforce19’ challenge aims to support those who are particularly vulnerable or isolated as a result of the outbreak and need help, including people who need mental health support or who have social care needs.

NHSX has been working with partners PUBLIC and the AHSN Network to run the fast-track competition for innovators, creating a pool of ready to go technologies that have the potential to be rapidly scaled regionally and nationally.

Following an assessment process, led by Public and working with the AHSN Network, NHSX and representatives from local authority, care and mental health sectors, 18 companies, including Aparito, have been selected and awarded up to £25,000 to take part in a rapid testing phase.
Avoiding contact with others and staying at home is incredibly important, but it’s also incredibly tough. Our technology sector has the talent and ability to help us meet the new challenges this has created, and support unmet need. 

For more information about the Techforce19 challenge click here