NHS England Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh visited the region
to celebrate the very best innovations developed by healthcare
staff in the North East and North Cumbria.
The 13th Bright Ideas in Health Awards, held at the Hilton
Newcastle Gateshead, acknowledges the recent ideas and innovations
developed by our region's frontline NHS staff and healthcare SMEs
to help make the NHS better.
Sir Bruce was guest of honour at the event, which was attended
by 450 people, during which he delivered an inspiring speech about
innovation and how it is something that everybody can take part
He also praised the collaborative work of the Academic Health
Science Networks (AHSN). Speaking at the event, he said: "As the
AHSNs have grown we are beginning to see some fantastic successes.
They bring people together and it's this that creates a
"The Academic Health Science Network for the North East
and North Cumbria has had some remarkable results and all this is
down to remarkable hard work from visionary people. It's down to
collaboration and it's down to the generosity of people who are
prepared to share their ideas.
"Events like this help so many people with new ideas who might
not have known where to go with them 10 years ago. I say thank you
and well done for all your achievements."
A wealth of dynamic and innovative ideas were submitted for this
year's awards with more 200 entries received - the highest in the
history of the event.
A panel of judges selected winners in five categories:
Innovative Technology or Device, Service Improvement, Innovation in
Primary Care, SME Innovation and Patient and Public Involvement -
Making Research Better.
Dr Nicola Wesley, Head of NHS Innovations North and Director of
Innovation at the AHSN NENC, said: "Every year we're blown away by
the passion and dedication of NHS staff and healthcare SMEs in
identifying and developing new ways of doing things within the NHS.
The wealth of talent in our region really is something to be proud
of. I echo Sir Bruce Keogh's sentiments and say a very big well
done to all our winners, runners up and all of the people who
submitted entries this year.
"A big thank you also has to go out to our fantastic
speakers and our generous sponsors."
The event, which was hosted by TV presenter and journalist, Kim
Inglis, welcomed a prestigious line up of speakers including;
doctor of medicine and TV presenter Dr Kevin Fong; Ivan
Hollingsworth, Parent Trustee for the Children's Heart Unit Fund;
Alison Shaw from the North East Futures UTC; Gordon Ollivere, CEO
at RTC North Limited; and Bob Paton, Chairman at RTC North
The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is organised by NHS
Innovations North, a service delivered by RTC North Ltd with
support from the Academic Health Science Network for the North East
and North Cumbria (AHSN).
The full list of winners and runners up are as
Innovative Technology or Device Category
1st place - Improved IVF Procedure Egg Collection, Professor
Alison Murdoch, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation
2nd place - Fixation Device for Use in Opthalmic
Imaging, Nicholas Gray, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation
3rd place - Patient Slide Sheet, Diane Hindson, County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended - Ventricular Assist Device Cartoon Character
Vest, Catherine Forster, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS
Service Improvement Category
1st place - Recovery Focussed Care Transfer (ReFleCT), Coleen
Mercer-Quinn, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
2nd place - Post Operative Pneumonia Prevention, Iain McCallum,
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
d place - Patient/Relative Programme for Self-Administration of
Subcutaneous Chemotherapy, Wendy Anderson, South Tees Hospitals NHS
Highly Commended - Urology Rapid Access Unit, Gary Musgrove,
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Innovation in Primary Care Category
1st place - Social Prescribing for Long-Term Conditions,
Embedded in Primary Care, Tara Case, Ways to Wellness
2nd place - Lifecycle Primary Care Mental Health Service, Mandy
Bowler, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended - Butterwick Motor Neurone Disease (MND) First
Contact Group, Anthony Hanratty, South Tees Hospitals NHS
Highly Commended - Nurses Learning Together Across Cumbria,
Angela Pollard, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
SME Innovation Category (sponsored by Onyx Health)
1st place - Femeda Ltd - 'Pelviva' device designed to re-educate
weak pelvic floor muscles for treatment of urinary incontinence in
Highly Commended - Ibex Innovations - 'Collection of Bone
Fragility Data in Routine Fracture Scans'
Highly Commended - Mammoth Technologies - 'Improved Pressure
Patient and Public Involvement Category (sponsored by the
Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria)
1st place - Practice Champions. NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical
Published: 7 July 2016