Dragons' Den 2023 - We're back!!

Last updated: 22 August 2023

Thank you for your interest in Dragons' Den 2023, which is now closed for applications. 

You can take a look below at previous projects funded by Dragons' Den and find more information on the next stage of the process. 

Dementia friendly inpatient x-ray room


We are delighted to bring you news of a successful project from last year, our Dementia Friendly Inpatient X-Ray room. This application asked for funding to help add skylights and nature themed wall murals to the room. All paint work was refreshed with a green wall surrounding the door and changing the skirting boards from black to grey. Finally, the radiographer screen was made green so that patients can always tell where staff are and a dementia friendly clock was added.

I can only say positive things about the whole process. It is a fantastic way of implementing improvements that probably would never happen otherwise."

Antje Meyer-Broom, Senior Radiographer

What happens next?

Once we have received all applications a list will be presented to our Charity Assurance Committee meeting on 4th September 2023.

The successful candidates will be placed on a shortlist and will be asked to progress with a more detailed bid application, where we may ask for the following:

  • More detailed outline quotes following fully scoped works
  • Approved timescales for delivery or project/equipment as applicable (funds to be spent within 6 months, prior to the end of the 2023/24 financial year)
  • Any competition waivers considered
  • MEP form considerations (i.e. proof that equipment is fit for medical use in the Trust)
  • Consideration and sign off from management accountant on any ongoing costs to the Trust
  • Divisional sign-off to reassure the committee that the project is welcomed by the division

The Charity will support candidates with this process.

Successful ideas will be put forward to the Dragons’ Den Panel on 6 November when we hope the shortlisted applicants will be able to join us to pitch.

Successful applicants with be required to spend/start spending their grants ideally within 6 months of approval and before the end of the financial year. Successful applicants will be expected to manage the delivery of their proposal with support from the Charity Team.

Frequently asked questions 

Can anyone apply?

Anyone can submit an expression of interest. If successful we will process this through to the next stage which will require department approval.

Can I apply if my department has a charitable fund?

Yes, but if you bid is unsuccessful, we may look to your charitable fund for funding.

What happens if my bid is unsuccessful?

We will give as much feedback as possible and help applicants to amend applications if required. If your bid is unsuccessful but meets the criteria we may look at other sources of funding and add this to our ‘shopping list’ of items requiring funding for future appeals.

Can I submit multiple Expressions of Interest?

Yes, you may submit multiple expressions of interest.

Are there any terms and conditions linked to receipt of a grant?

Any grants will need to follow all Charity and Trust procedures in terms of procurement, MEP sign off, competition waivers and financial standing orders.

We will expect the grant to be spent within 6 months and before the end of the financial year, ending March 2024.

You will need to agree to provide the Charity with feedback and case studies to report back on the impact to patients or staff.

I need some more advice.

Please contact charitable.funds@porthosp.nhs.uk for more information or for other questions.