Liverpool 5G Health and Social Care has received an extra £4.3 million in funding to help support the development of tech-enabled care and reduce digital poverty for vulnerable people in need.
The consortium, led by the University of Liverpool, was awarded the funding after winning the UK-wide competition 5G Create, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), as part of its 5G Testbed and Trials Programme.
The funding will go towards a £7.2 million project to develop a private independent 5G network for health and social care services in selected areas of Liverpool.
The network will aim to reduce digital poverty for vulnerable people in need, providing safe, free and accessible connectivity to services including health, social care and education.
5G technology will be used to support a medical grade device to manage and monitor health conditions remotely, an app that teaches anxiety reduction techniques, a remote GP triaging service, wound care and management and sensor technology.
Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said: “5G is not just about having a faster mobile phone, so we’re funding ground-breaking projects across the UK to explore other ways in which the revolutionary technology can make people’s lives better.
“Coronavirus requires us to look at new ways to provide healthcare remotely to the most vulnerable and I’m delighted to commit further funding to Liverpool’s successful 5G trial working on this issue.”
The project will run until March 2022 and will develop a blueprint for the use of private 5G networks in delivering public services.
It builds on the previous 5G Health and Social Care Testbed in Kensington, Liverpool, which involved 11 organisations from Liverpool’s hospitals, council, universities and SMEs creating 5G-supported health technologies to help residents manage long-term health conditions like diabetes and epilepsy at home.
Project lead Professor Joe Spencer said: “This is a great opportunity to build on our previous testbed and develop the British technology that can change people’s lives by enabling affordable connectivity and reducing digital poverty.”
Caption: PAMAN, developed by the Medication Support Company, a Liverpool 5G subcontractor, provides a video link to a local pharmacy, helping people to take medicines at home safely.