UK’s only dedicated 5G health and social care pilot gets extra year of funding

Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care has received an extra year’s funding – £1.48 million ((£0.94M in government funding, bringing the total DCMS funding to £4.9M, and also an additional £0.54 million from consortium partners).

The 5G pilot consists of 11 organisations from Liverpool’s hospitals, council, universities and technology SMEs, which are working to create 5G supported health technologies to help people in Liverpool’s Kensington to manage long-term health conditions like diabetes and epilepsy themselves at home. This frees up urgently needed health and social care resources to be used where they are critically needed.

Margot James, minister for digital, said: “We want the UK to be a world leader in 5G and our modern industrial strategy will help deliver this. The Liverpool testbed is just one of the innovative 5G projects we’re funding across the country and I’m pleased it can continue its important work. I recently visited it and saw first-hand how 5G can improve quality of life and transform the way health and social care is delivered in our communities."

One of the technologies created as part of the pilot is a Loneliness Gaming and Quizzing App. The app has been co-developed by CGA Simulation and group of people with a learning disability, from Kensington Community Learning Centre (KCLC). The group meet at KCLC each week to take part in activities and games and to chat.

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