SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England Initiative has contracted to Lucid to help reduce the impact of frailty with a more accessible diagnostic and therapeutic device.
There is anecdotal evidence that 50% of people in residential care are there because they have problems with incontinence. NICE have an objective to triple diagnosis and enable earlier, more conservative interventions.
Professor Hamdy, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Salford NHS Trust and Professor of Neurogastroenterology at the University of Manchester approached us with an original concept. We are working with a team of surgeons, continence and clinical specialists as well as Professor Hamdy and the University of Manchester’s Intellectual Property company to develop a reliable and inexpensive system called An-i-sys.
In primary care, An-i-sys will be an improvement on the basic digital examination and will provide comprehensive quantitative data. Highly trained community based, continence specialist nurses will be able to use the system to enable earlier referral.
In secondary care, rapid calibration and set up of An-i-sys will increase capacity. Potential paediatric applications including pre-and post-surgical uses have also been identified.
This is a great collaboration that will produce a system that will improve the lives of many ageing people. It means patients can be diagnosed and treated faster and have their dignity restored. If more people can remain in their homes the pressure on social care services will be vastly reduced.
For us it has been a brilliant opportunity to combine our electronic and software skills with our ISO 13485 system. We plan to take that further and extend our involvement into the supply chain and manufacture the device as well.