Strategy Board health challenge

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The Technology Strategy Board is calling on businesses and entrepreneurs in Sheffield to come up with new ideas and products that will make a genuine difference to the lives of those in long-term care.

The appeal is part of a £2.7 million initiative, launched by the Government-backed UK innovation agency, to revolutionise long-term care by bringing together researchers, the voluntary and charitable sector, technology innovators and entrepreneurs.

The board says research shows there is a need for innovative thinking to revolutionise long-term care, including how it is delivered and what it should look like.

It reckons three out of four people in Sheffield want an alternative to a care home if they become dependent in older age and four out of five believe that provision is only going to get worse with our ageing population, signalling a clear lack of faith in the system.