28th May 2021

Cardiff Capital Region Innovation Challenge Fund: The Tracheostomy Challenge

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) has announced its first Innovation Challenge Fund, open to any business able to demonstrate rapid simulation technology solutions for healthcare training.

The £400k contract funding is available to competitive bids from any enterprise capable of delivering innovative, impactful tracheostomy training for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board: transforming the current training into a highly-engaging learning experience that overcomes the restrictions caused by social distancing, lack of training facilities and the need for self-isolation.

The Innovation Challenge is backed by CCR’s Challenge Fund working in partnership with Welsh Government and the SBRI Centre of Excellence – providing a transparent and fair ‘pitch’ process that’s open to businesses of all sizes to prototype, test and commercialise game-changing solutions within NHS Wales.

The Challenge

This challenge is reacting to an unprecedented global pandemic. A rapid Phase 1 SBRI will identify solutions for further development. Subsequent activity will support selected solutions through next phases and explore the potential to expand the scope of the challenge to other areas of training need across the NHS.

As part of the Cardiff City Region Challenge Fund, the first challenge is working with Cardiff and Vale around innovative solutions to simulation training. Pre Covid-19 Tracheostomy training was delivered through a combination of online education and face-to-face simulation training; however, the latter has become increasingly difficult in the current climate due to the challenges of social distancing, lack of training facilities and the need for self-isolation. As a result, NHS staff have had reduced access to this necessary training which is needed to maintain their clinical competencies and to ensure the best care of patients with tracheostomies.

For more information and to apply:

Details of how to apply for this specific challenge can be found here.
The CCR Challenge Fund welcomes expressions of interest for further challenges. To connect for an initial discussion, please email our delivery partners at Cardiff University on  to find out more.