The core problem that our proposed project addresses is the emerging and increasing needs of SMEs/Micro Enterprises, during and following the Covid-19 pandemic, to communicate with and educate employees in order to rapidly change business practices (e.g. to align with remote working, transitions back into the office, stop-start lockdown measures, and associated business threats). Computer-based tools currently available are not fit-for-purpose. They tend to offer 'once-a-year' rhythm, require long periods of engagement and are simply not up to the significant changes in work patterns, and rapid need to do things differently, currently being experienced. Noting that failure to address these risks leads to operational ineffectiveness, security business risk and business failure; there are realistic and significant societal and economic benefits in an ambitious innovation to: * Push education, guidance, business communications directly to users. * Measure delivery and engagement. * Rapidly change content/guidance with emerging situations. * Deliver guidance to computer users aligned with time or context-based events (e.g. time of day, duration of use, current application in use etc). * Allow for rapid deployment to a distributed and remote workforce. We propose to deliver **_immediate impact_**, solving this problem with a COMMERCIAL REFOCUS of our cyber-security behavioural-change platform, **_towards_** **_SMEs/Micro enterprises_** (99% of all UK businesses) addressing their **_rapidly emerging communication needs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic_** - from working at home security, to health and safety challenges, to business continuity communications. As well as through a TECHNICAL REFOCUS, **_aligning content with SME needs_**, and **_reducing barriers to adoption_** through rapid Click-to-run technology **_allowing immediate impact through a Freemium delivery model_**.
This project will provide the UK designed, manufactured, and improved modular solution to productively fill the now popular 5 Litre Mini Kegs which are appearing in supermarkets and beer shops. The project has been prioritized due to the Covid-19 virus which has closed pubs and bars which has in turn closed down breweries and brewery equipment manufacturers which previously produced draught beers and draught beer packaging equipment (large pack). In the UK a 45% of beer consumption is undertaken in pubs and bars which is known as the On Trade. This market is closed down and will take considerable time to recover. The Off Trade market 55% is currently unable to satisfy the demand for take-home beers as there are insufficient packaging facilities in the UK's craft brewing producers to deliver cans, bottles, and mini-kegs (small pack) to 100% of the beer market in the UK. Also, nearly all the manufacturers of small pack filling machines are imports from Europe, the USA, and China. The unique and innovative solution now proposed by SJR Precision Eng Ltd is to utilize large pack technology for cask and keg filling in a small pack modular Mini Keg filler to meet the needs of small craft breweries in the UK decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, this project will enable the designers and skilled engineers of SJR Precision and its subcontractors and supplier to produce much-needed new products for take-home beers while pubs and bars remain closed. ---ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HERE---- As the story with COVID-19 Progress and more restriction is put in place the extra help is needed not just to the hospitality industry but to the supply chain feeding it. The extension for impact funding will allow us to provide extra resources to the current task in progress as well as create an extensive marketing campaign. This will speed up the road to the market exponentially. With help from a digital marketing agency, we can reach the audience on all social media platforms as well as create sales aids for more traditional sales techniques. Additional funding will allow us to approach the selected brewery and ask for field trials to be conducted using a live product. this will provide extremely valuable feedback from the operators to make the machine more user friendly and remove potential software bugs as well as improve the machine performance. This approach is currently unavailable to brewers if they decide to purchase the imported machines as all of them are sold as seen or the cost of support from abroad makes it impossible to conduct. With the manufacturing facility in UK, we not only commit to providing local jobs but also give the peace of mind for our customers that they have someone local to speak to in case of a breakdown or a need for maintenance services. With the festive season weeks away, it's extremely important to give the hospitality industry the extra help needed in these difficult times.
UK ENABLE Consortium vision, aims and objectives: Local government is uniquely placed to shape the environmental and social factors which fundamentally influence non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and thus our health and wellbeing. Our vision is for local government to consider the health of local populations in all policy and practice decisions and to have the best possible scientific evidence to support those decisions. We will test our vision by working with five different local authority (LA) based public health systems across the UK, learning what works best, and what can be useful for all LAs across the UK. Our consortium brings together academics, practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders from across the UK in five centres in NE and SW England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales; each with different models of public health delivery. We will develop and test a process that embeds research capacity and expertise in LAs. Working closely with our partners in each LA, we will identify a current priority for improving the health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities of people living in that area. By building relationships between academics, practitioners and policy makers we will enable the LA to access and create new evidence that is relevant for decision making about the priority issue. Scientific rationale for the proposed research: Evidence-informed policy-making aims to improve decision making by using the best available research. Organisational and cultural barriers within the current system have made this approach difficult to achieve. New methods and approaches are needed which bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers in local government, where evidence is only one contributing factor to decision-making. Embedded researchers and knowledge brokers can help to ensure evidence is used by building understanding of the context, accessing existing, and co-producing new evidence. Intervention(s) of interest and the potential applications and anticipated benefits of the work: By the end of the project we will: 1. Increase research capacity and 'no how' in each LA, focusing on a local NCD priority issue, enabling access to evidence to inform local decision-making. We will develop and share learning which is generalisable across the UK 2. Build and support new partnerships for active and effective research use with practitioners, policy makers, and academia 3. Build knowledge and skills in local government and universities to maximise use of different kinds of evidence for policy, practice and public decision-making 4. Co-create evidence that addresses local government priorities, with a focus on prevention, by working across sectors and disciplines, utilising novel methodological approaches, including complex systems models 5. Develop a range of health and system interventions that have been co-produced and tested across LA areas 6. Create sustained change in research culture in LAs and academia so that evidence use is embedded across local government 7. Evaluate this new approach and methods to see if we made a difference to the health of people living in each area, related to their priority topic, and whether/how this approach could be rolled out across the UK We anticipate that this work will improve population health and wellbeing and increase the use of scientific research. It aims to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness of public health interventions and services, reduce waste, and improve staff morale and retention. Consortium management: Our across-UK academic leadership brings together experience of applied translational research in prevention from four of the UKCRC funded Centres of Excellence in Public Health. Senior leaders in local government public health, bring practical experience of putting evidence into action. Other members have expertise in systems thinking, embedded research, knowledge brokerage and other skills essential to our success.
A significant number of COVID-related deaths in the UK, EU and worldwide occur in care homes where elderly residents contract the disease but cannot be hospitalised due to a lack of capacity or poor expected clinical outcomes from later stage medical interventions such as invasive ventilation. Recent studies have shown that the application of bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) respiratory support for patients at an early stage of influenza-type respiratory diseases reduces progression to ARDS for a significant proportion of patients. A BiPAP device is similar to a user-operated continuous positive airway pressure device (e.g. a sleep apnea machine) but provides two pressure levels to reduce breathing effort and assist exhalation. The objective of this project is to create a low cost BiPAP device suitable for deployment in UK care homes to reduce mortality due to COVID-19 infections during 2020, and to provide an effective early stage intervention to reduce mortality in subsequent annual flu seasons.