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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced £135 million worth of funding, which aims to help overcome challenges in the health and social care sector over the next five years, including dementia and mental health.

This new announcement aims to accelerate the development of assistive technologies to help people live more independent lives and ease pressure on the NHS.

The NHS is partnering with universities, innovators and local authorities to help address health and social care challenges, and the UK Government is awarding funding through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to 15 partnerships.

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The partnerships each have ground-breaking new projects aiming to address the increasing demands on the NHS and give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare.

Health Minister Nicola Blackwood said: “As the population grows and demand on the NHS increases, it is paramount we develop the next generation of technologies and improve the way we work to ensure the NHS continues to offer world-leading care.

“The UK has a proud history of cutting-edge health research and, by supporting the great minds in health and social care, this funding has the potential to unlock solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing healthcare and revolutionise the way patients access treatments in the future.”

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