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Healthcare innovation awards finalists revealed


The shortlist for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2017 has been announced, ahead of the awards ceremony to be held on November 14 at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead.

Now in its 14th year, the coveted awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of NHS staff and healthcare SMEs that are working towards improving patient care in the North East of England and North Cumbria and beyond through pioneering product or service ideas.
A panel of judges whittled down hundreds of entries to unveil the 21 finalists. Innovations in the running for this year’s awards include a non-invasive test for bladder cancer, a GP direct booking service via NHS 111 and a falls prevention training programme.

There are seven award categories and each winner will receive a cash prize to help develop and commercialise their ideas.
The event is organised by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) in partnership with RTC North and the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (CRN NENC).

Dr Nicola Wesley, Chief Operations Officer at the AHSN NENC, says: “We are thrilled to be able to reveal the shortlist for the 2017 Bright Ideas in Health Awards. Despite the unprecedented challenges healthcare professionals face today to improve quality, reduce harm, improve access, increase efficiency, eliminate waste and lower costs each of the innovators shortlisted have demonstrated that this is still possible and this is something worth celebrating.”

Joint organiser - innovation and technology transfer company, RTC North’s Chief Executive Andrew Buckley, says: “This year’s bright ideas, that have already transformed services and enhanced healthcare outcomes, could not have come to fruition were it not for the time and dedication of those passionate finalists and we wish all of them the very best of luck.”

Shortlist
Innovative Technology or Device
Device for the Detection of Peripheral Arterial Disease - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Laboratory Sample Pallet - City Hospital Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and Gateshead Health Foundation Trust
Care Home Digital Tablet – Transforming Healthcare in Care Homes - NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group

Outstanding Industry Collaboration with the NHS
A Non-Invasive Test for Bladder Cancer - Arquer Diagnostics Ltd.
Structured Digital Prescriptions For Orthotics - Peacocks Medical Group
Central Venous Line Fall Out in Renal Patients - City Hospital Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Service Improvement
Rib Attack enhanced Recovery Pathway - County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Durham
MOSAIC Honeycomb Seamless Care Model - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Pathway of Care - NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
Reducing Patient Harm Associated with Acute Kidney Injury - South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and CRAB Clinical Informatics Limited
Mental Health Pathways - North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Dialogue and Action in Acute Childhood Illness – The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Primary and Community Care
No More ‘People in Suits’ - NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
Introduction of School-based Diabetes Clinic - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
GP Direct Booking Via NHS111 - North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Most Innovative Education Provider
Evaluation of Training in Obsetric Emergencies – ‘SimMom’ - City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sunderland
Falls Prevention Training - North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance - NHS Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group

Research Delivery Impact
National Renal Complement Therapeutics Centre - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Delivery of Research Awareness to Service Users, Carers and Staff - Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Limbal Stem Cell Therapy - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University

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