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PainChek receives funding for Gwent care providers pilot

AI-powered pain assessment tool PainChek has received pilot funding from the Gwent Regional Partnership Board via its Technology Enabled Care Programme.

The funding will support a 12-month pilot in care environments across Gwent. Care homes providing dementia, palliative, complex, and learning disabilities care can apply to take part in the programme.

The programme is headed up by Life Sciences Hub Wales, an arm’s length body of the Welsh Government that works to support innovation and collaboration between industry, health, social care, and academia.

PainChek’s Tandeep Gill said: “From our discussions with care homes, it is abundantly clear they place pain management as a high priority; however, the tools currently used are sub-optimal.

“Using PainChek in a range of residential and nursing care homes across Gwent means we will be able to support them in improving management of pain for their residents. This will deliver immediate benefits, including an increase in the number and accuracy of assessments conducted at the point of care. This can lead to better decision making from MDTs that is shown to reduce the prescribing of anti-psychotic medication, support one-to-one care requirements and hospital admissions, and inform improvements to dietary and nutritional strategies.

“The agreement to fund the pilot is excellent news for the local and regional care sector, as well as great recognition of the significant role that PainChek can play in achieving effective management of pain in numerous care and nursing settings. We see this programme as the first step in rolling-out PainChek across Wales. Life Sciences Hub Wales helps to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative solutions that support the health and social care needs of Wales, and we are delighted to be working with them.”

Aimee Twinberrow, project lead with Life Sciences Hub Wales, commented: “Life Science Hub Wales is delighted to be partnering with PainChek to help support nurses and care staff with making decisions about pain medication, with this project providing an initial evaluation to support its wider roll out and adoption across Health and social care in Wales. Technology like this can help to better manage pain levels and therefore play an important role in improving the overall quality of life and outcomes for people.”

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