NHS AI Lab Skunkworks

The NHS AI Lab Skunkworks team demonstrates the potential for AI in health and social care through practical experience

Welcome to the technical website of the NHS AI Lab Skunkworks team. For our general public-facing website, please visit the AI Skunkworks programme.

The AI Skunkworks programme is part of the NHS AI Lab. It finds new ways to use AI for driving forward the early adoption of technology to support health, in both clinical and business contexts. The team provides free short-term expertise and resources to public sector health and social care organisations to support AI projects and develop capability.

How we work

The NHS AI Lab Skunkworks team runs short-term projects to investigate the use of AI for improving efficiency and accuracy in health and care.

The Skunkworks' vision is that organisations in the health and care system will be able, through practical experience, to understand, build, buy, deploy, support, and challenge AI solutions.

We run projects in three ways:

1. Internal

Utilising our internal team of data scientists and data / technology leads, we are able to run small agile projects that may involve one-to-one coaching in the use of python and machine learning frameworks, through to data discoveries to help assess whether the data your organisation possesses is suitable for an AI approach.

2. Short term resource

We are able to sponsor individual contractors provided through the Public Sector Resourcing framework to assist in the conception or implemention of AI solutions for your organisation.

3. Supplier-led

Parterning with the Home Office's Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE), we are able to sponsor 12 week agile projects using a pool of cutting edge AI suppliers.

Health and care organisations can submit their proposed AI problem, and we will work with ACE to select and manage a supplier to deliver an AI proof of concept.

These projects culminate with:

  • Working code, published under an Open Source license on Github
  • A technical report, detailing methodology and findings

Capability building

We are able to provide ad-hoc support, advice and education through initiatives such as our AI Deep Dive workshops.

Get in touch

You can reach us via email at england.aiskunkworks@nhs.net

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