Medipex NHS Innovation Awards 2021

On 22nd September, Medipex held their 14th NHS Innovation Awards, but things were a little different this year.  The event was moved online for the very first time, which removed any limitations on numbers and allowed registrations from delegates all over the country and all sectors.  The programme saw keynote speeches from Phillipa Hedley-Takhar (NIHR Devices for Dignity Medtech Co-operative) on the importance of user engagement and from Taz Aldawoud (Doc Abode) on his successful innovation journey from GP to deployment of a digital solution to meet an unmet need.

Various key partners of Medipex hosted break-out rooms where delegates could engage directly with innovation support organisations; Medovate Ltd, ran a session on how to develop medical technologies for a worldwide market, the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) provided advice on how to enhance adoption and spread of innovative ideas and Innovate UK EDGE detailed the bespoke support that they could offer to innovative small and medium sized enterprises that are looking to grow.  Some key themes to come out of the event were collaboration, seeking expert support, thinking about users, demonstration of value proposition and impact.

The main purpose of the event was to celebrate our NHS colleagues that have gone over and above, this year more than ever, to find ways to improve patient care.  Entries were submitted into 4 categories and judges from Medipex, Medovate and the YHAHSN had the very difficult task of short listing the finalists, and choosing a winner, in each category.  All of the judges would like to commend the excellent standard of entries and Medipex are delighted to be able to follow up on a number of new projects that were submitted to the competition.

The finalists and winners were as follows:

  • Preventing or Reducing Hospital Attendance 

Winner: Matthew Stone and colleagues at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 


“Novel use of an existing online tool to support burn injury self-management”


Runners up:

Esther Buckland and colleagues at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


 “Day case Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Home in a fraction of the time”


Paul Dimitri and colleagues at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in conjunction with Ivan Phelan and colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University and the Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative.

@SheffChildrens @cypmedtech @sheffhallamuni

 “Virtual Reality Home Rehabilitation to Upper Limb Motor Impairment in Children”


  • Improved Treatments and Pathways

Winner: Jamie Healey and team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust together with collaborators from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University of Sheffield, Devices for Dignity and Coventry University.

@SheffieldHosp @Devices4Dignity @sheffielduni @NIHRresearch @barnshospital

New therapy for post-stroke arm spasticity: Sheffield Adaptive Patterned Electrical Stimulation: ‘SHAPES’


Runners up:

Heather Elphick and colleagues at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT together with collaborators from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Devices for Dignity.

@SheffChildrens @SheffieldHosp @Devices4Dignity @sheffielduni @sheffhallamuni @NIHRresearch

“The COMFORT project (Custom-made Masks for Overnight Respiratory Therapy) for Children requiring Non-Invasive Ventilation”


Emily Dodd with colleagues Jordan Clarke and Nicola Maddy from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS FT

@allofusinmind @BarnsleySCH

“Barnsley Children’s speech and language therapy Youtube Channel”


  • Management of Long Term Conditions

Winners (joint)

Jennifer Davison and Rachel Tarrant on behalf of The Leeds Long COVID Community Rehabilitation Service based at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

In partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds GP Confederation, Leeds CCG and University of Leeds

@LCHNHSTrust @UniversityLeeds @LeedsHospitals @LTHTResearch @LTHTInnovation

“Design and implementation of the Leeds Long Covid Community Rehabilitation service”


Dr Manoj Sivan from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in conjunction with Paul O’Brien from Elaros Ltd. and colleagues from Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, University of Leeds and

@LTHTInnovation @LTHTResearch @LCHResearch @LCHNHSTrust @elaros @UniversityLeeds @leedshospitals

“The world’s first validated digital assessment, triage, management, and monitoring system for Long COVID”


Runners up:

Dr Nicki Barker and colleagues at Sheffield Children’s Hospital in conjunction with Make Better Studio and NIHR Children and Young People Medtech Co-operative.

@SheffChildrens @NickiPhysio @cypmedtech @NIHRresearch

“Moving on Asthma: an educational transition tool for adolescents”


David Mehdizadeh from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and colleagues at the Bradford Institute for Health Research and the NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.


“Developing a case-finding tool to reduce anticholinergic burden in frail patients”


  • Delivering Benefits through Diagnosis and Screening


Solomon Tesfaye from Sheffield teaching hospitals NHS foundation Trust in conjunction with colleagues at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield CCG

@SheffieldHosp @sheffielduni @NHSSheffieldccg

“One-Stop Screening Service: a model for high-uptake diabetes health-check and early detection of the at risk diabetic foot”


Runners up:

Professor Sue Pownall from Sheffield Teaching hospitals NHS foundation Trust in conjunction with colleagues from University of Cambridge, Devices for Dignity, Cambridge University Hospital Trust.

@SheffieldHosp @Devices4Dignity @pownall_sue @LiseSproson

“AspiRate – acoustic assessment of swallow safety”


John Hodson and colleagues from the Mid Yorkshire hospitals NHS trust


“Sepsis Improvement Programme”


Thank you to all who entered their innovation, well done to all the finalists and huge congratulations to all of our winners.  #medipexawards2021