30 July 2018

Exciting opportunity in colon capsule endoscopy


An opportunity is being promoted to bid for innovative NHS work for a new Scottish partnership

Highlands and Islands Enterprise  (HIE) is working with NHS Highland and the Digital Health Institute to establish a commercial framework to deliver new services across NHS Scotland. The service will focus on earlier NHS Highland / HIE collaboration for point-of-care testing which used Colon Capsule Endoscopy (CCE) to complement established healthcare pathways.

A supplier is being sought to provide the full innovation journey - from challenge setting to widespread implementation - for SCOTCAP: a programme for an innovative point-of-care investigation using minimally invasive colon capsule endoscopy. The colon capsule contains a digital camera which, when swallowed, passes through the gastrointestinal tract. The camera downloads thousands of 3-dimensional images which are then virtually viewed and analysed. A report is then issued to the consultant for diagnosis.  This procedure allows patients to swallow the capsule camera at home or at their local nearby GP surgery, and avoids the need to travel potentially long distances to hospital. A complete CCE is highly accurate, potentially very cost effective, less invasive and more acceptable to patients than existing methods.

 SCOTCAP will further test the utility of CCE, its acceptability to patients and models of delivery encompassing rural and urban comparison sites. It will examine the provision of a fully managed 3rd party service, NHS staffing levels and skills requirements required to run the service.

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 The SCOTCAP scheme is the first in Scotland to be delivered within an Innovation Partnership framework.

Suppliers interested in bidding for this work should view the PIN Notice  on the Public Contracts Scotland link: