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UK start-up seeks software developers, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) experts for Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 to develop cost centre management platform




UK start-up is developing a social platform that allows specific professionals to connect, job share, manage cost centre budgets etc. using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to centralise and optimise data in current systems to deliver a robust platform that will eradicate staffing shortages. Partners with AI, ML, software development skills sought for a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 Application


UK start-up company based in London is seeking a software developer with relevant technical skills and experience to develop a professional social media and communication cost centre management platform.

The National Health Service (NHS) spends £2.4 billion on temporary staffing annually to combat staffing crisis, yet the hospitals are still faced with staffing shortages putting the public health at risk. The NHS today has over 60,000 unfilled vacancies with the longest recruitment process which takes up to 12 weeks to complete leaving hospitals understaffed at all times.

Health care professionals in the NHS often opt to work either through a third party agency or private hospitals mainly because the NHS has no employee retention strategy leading to staff shortages.

With numerous digital solutions deployed to resolve understaffing in the NHS, workforce management has remained a challenge costing millions on staffing alone and leading to poor patient experience.

The challenge has always been systems not being user-friendly and too complex to use for personnel whose priority is to deliver clinical services and patient care.

The UK start-up is developing a platform to resolve workforce challenges within the industry by using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) that will give the NHS as an employer the ability to view and manage workforce both contracted by the NHS or third party agencies at a single touch.

Using AI, they will connect and track professionals contracted by the NHS. They will offer a referral service, overhead budget management, GPS tracking of available staff and sharing of best practices on cases securely via the platform. The platform will be able to highlight the “hard to recruit skills” and areas of focus tailored to specific hospitals etc.

The aim is to harmonise all systems and processes used to manage workforce in the healthcare industry and integrate it into their social media platforms securely to provide a lean robust platform.

Artificial intelligence will form the backbone of this platform where data will drive technology that will disrupt workforce SaaS (Software as a Service) and centralise the healthcare workforce. Starting with the UK as a pilot, the company will then look to scale across Europe.

The company are looking for partnerships with software engineers with UI/UX (User Interface/User Experience Design) expertise, AI and ML, academic institutions and tech enthusiasts willing to work with a start-up based in the UK to make a project proposal for a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 grant closing on 5 June 2019 to finance the system creation and testing prior to implementation over 52 weeks. EOI for this request close on the 15 May 2019.

Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: The start-up is seeking to collaborate with partners possessing the technical expertise sought that will help the business to realise its vision of disrupting technology in the healthcare industry. This will be under a research cooperation agreement.

The company is also happy to partner with academic institutions focusing on technology, data and AI and ML research which will also form a backbone of the ongoing quality assurance throughout the product lifecycle.

Programme - Call:

Evaluation scheme: Multiple cut off dates for submission, single stage submission scheme

Acronym: Workforce Management in the health service


Deadline: 05/06/2019

Coordinator required: No

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