The Liverpool 5G Consortium
Liverpool 5G is a unique and innovative consortium of public sector health and social care suppliers, the NHS, university researchers, third sector organisations, agile local SMEs and a leading UK 5G technology vendor, who came together to deliver the DCMS-funded Liverpool 5G Testbed.
The partners and subcontractors
- University of Liverpool
- BluWireless Technology Ltd.
- Liverpool City Council
- eHealth Cluster
- Liverpool John Moores University
- CGA Simulation
- Defproc Engineering
- Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust
- Sensor City
- Safehouse Technologies Ltd.
- The Medication Support Company
The health and social care issues we’re addressing
39% of us will be over 65 by 2036, which means more people are living with age-related illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. The NHS and social care services are looking after more sick people with less money.
Liverpool City Council Adult Social Care spending has been cut by £92m since 2010 while demand has risen 15%.
There is a staffing crisis in social care and across the NHS. 2019 NHS figures show a record 43,671 empty nursing positions across the NHS in England. Mental health and community providers in England have reported a shortage of almost 100,000 staff. Adult social care has an estimated 122,000 vacancies.
Medication wastage costs the NHS £500 million each year, whilst the estimated cost of people not taking medicines properly, and feeling the full benefit of them, is £500m per year. Liverpool CCG estimates that over-ordering, stockpiling and unused medicines, costs the local NHS around £2.5 million per year.
Analogue telehealth services are being switched off in 2022, which means we need to find affordable, future-fit technologies to replace them if we want to safeguard our health and social care services.
By using the latest innovative technology we aim to:
- Help people live independently at home
- Address loneliness, “Feeling lonely frequently is linked to early deaths. Its health impact is thought to be on a par with other public health priorities like obesity or smoking” DCMS Loneliness Strategy 2018
- Improve wellbeing and quality of life, “There are a number of correlations between wellbeing and physical health outcomes, improved immune system response, higher pain tolerance, increased longevity, cardiovascular health, slower disease progression and reproductive health” DoH, ‘Relationship between Wellbeing and Health’, 2014
- Improve patient experience
By doing this we can help care professionals continue to care for everyone to a high standard, reducing the use of health and social care services, creating extra capacity for stretched services, and increasing effectiveness and efficiencies.
The Liverpool 5G mmWave mesh network
The Liverpool 5G Consortium created, manages and runs the largest 5G mmwave mesh network in Europe.
BluWireless’ mmWave technology is combined with WiFi and LoRaWAN, connected to Local Authority backhaul, to form the mesh network. To tackle the challenging and conventionally expensive ‘last-mile’ access problem we use 220 mmWave nodes.
We provide gigabit wireless links to two community buildings: a local care home and a community learning centre and there is independent data-centre hosting applications and internet carrier peering.
The network has 120 outdoor sites, 4 building installations, 6 fibre connections and 6 LoRa gateways.
We have also developed and established network planning methodologies based on the learning from deploying the testbed.
As well as consortium partners, several technical sub-contractors support the delivery of the network: