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NHS digital health check-ups launched ‘to ease pressure on GPs’

  • The NHS is to offer new digital health checks to the public in an attempt to ease pressure on GP surgeries.
  • They will also be encouraged get their blood and cholesterol levels tested.
  • A blood testing kit to check cholesterol levels will be sent to them and they will be asked to get a blood pressure reading at a pharmacy.

£21 million to roll out artificial intelligence across the NHS

  • NHS Trusts will be able to bid for funding to accelerate the deployment of the most promising AI tools across hospitals to help treat people more quickly this winter.
  • Government commits to deploying AI decision support tools in all stroke networks by the end of 2023 to help treat strokes through improved diagnosis and access to treatment.
  • The £21 million funding will be open for bids for any AI diagnostic tool that trusts want to deploy, but will have to represent value for money for the funding to be approved.

Increasing access to diabetes technology

  • Life-changing technology that reduces the risk of complications for people with type 1 diabetes will become more widely available thanks to additional funding.
  • The Scottish Government has invested a further £350,000 to accelerate the distribution of Closed Loop Systems.  The technology is considered the most significant development in type 1 diabetes treatment in recent years and can transform lives, particularly for children and young people.
  • Closed Loop Systems help people improve their glycaemic control and in turn reduce the likelihood of complications, which at their most serious can include blindness, renal failure, and amputations; as well as unplanned admissions to hospital.

More than 1.3bn adults will have diabetes by 2050, study predicts

  • Number worldwide expected to double, with rises in every country and across every age group.
  • No country is expected to see a decline in its diabetes rate over the next 30 years.
  • Accounting for the growth of the world’s population, it suggests that by 2050 between one in seven and one in eight people will be living with diabetes.

Harwell secures £300m new funding for next phase of campus development

  • Harwell Science and Innovation Campus has secured £300m of financing to help it expand and build out new laboratory, advanced manufacturing, and office space.
  • Over the next two years Harwell will use the additional funding secured to build 440,000 sq. ft of new Laboratory and R&D buildings across the campus.
  • This will include Tech Foundry, 220,000 sq. ft of Advanced Manufacturing space, and the Linear Accelerator Building, L^B, a landmark laboratory building for starting and scaling science organisations, alongside a number of further developments across the campus.

Science and tech figureheads lead government innovation charge

  • DSIT startup board meets for first time, with representatives from across the science and tech world in attendance.
  • Group discuss how DSIT can help the UK lead on AI both at home and abroad, and be the most innovative department in government.

Data and technology innovations will transform UK border

  • Cabinet Office Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe spoke at techUK about new data and technology innovations that could transform the UK border.
  • In her speech, the Minister outlined how pilot projects, carried out by the Government in collaboration with industry, successfully tested the use of supply chain data and a range of new technologies to manage the movement of goods over the UK border.
  • The pilots found that using readily available supply chain data can reduce the administration burden of the customs declaration process by 40%, potentially saving traders an average annual cost of up to £225 million when fully scaled up.

Scientists and industry leaders warn UK and EU over Horizon delays – paywall