NHS Innovation Awards 2007 Winners

Staff from across the region were awarded prize money and gained recognition for their innovative ideas at the Medipex Innovation Competition Award Ceremony which was held at ‘The Deep’ on 25th April 2007.

2007-AllWinners

Medical Devices and Diagnostics Category

First prize

Dr Helen Picton is Scientific Director of Reproductive Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and she is internationally renowned. This particular piece of work relates to Female fertility loss diagnostic for cancer patients. It is novel lab based work – so its at an early stage – aimed as a diagnostic tool the model aims to predict how much damage will be done in the ovaries following exposure to chemotherapy drugs.

Second prize

The ‘CT Shield All’ was developed by Gareth Iball and the team from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.  Gareth is a clinical scientist in Medical Physics and the CT Shield All is an improved shield for pregnant ladies when they have a CT scan.  CT Shield All gives much better protection to the unborn baby, its far more comfortable for the patient (old lead shields were heavy and cumbersome to manipulate) they also found they can cut the radiation dose by up to 50% as well.  We also think the shield is adaptable for every other patient not just pregnant ladies. 

Third prize

Giles Morrison is Head of Radiation Protection Services from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Giles with assistance from workshop technicians were asked to solve a specific problem associated with inaccurate calibration of the stereotactic core biopsy system fitted to mammography X-ray units.  They have done this and gone on to create a generic test phantom that should accommodate most of the mammo units with a stereo tactic biopsy units and I am very pleased that not only has it won one of our innovation awards it is likely to be taken up by a local company, Leeds Test Objects Ltd.

Software & ICT Category

First prize

Haidar Samiei a specialist registrar from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and is involved with the Emergency Medicine Radiology Bank.  The A&E dept at Leeds sees over 120,000 new patients a year and is staffed by 40 doctors and 100 nurses.  The idea like most good ones started with a simple concept – people in A&E created their own folders with interesting and useful images but totally random and unconnected and from that the Emergency Medicine Radiology Bank grew until now it is used by everyone as well as GP’s and paramedics, it is fully searchable internally and externally.  

Second prize

Deborah Bentley, Project Manager from Airedale NHS Trust where they have pioneered use of video conferencing Telemedicine in Prisons.  I remember talking to Richard Pope at Airedale about this when it was just an idea – so it is really pleasing to see it come to fruition.   The benefit of the service is that it minimises disruption to the hospital, the prison and the community by avoiding unnecessary visits from prisoners when a good % can be triaged via the video conference link.  The prisoners benefit from being able to talk to highly experienced A&E consultants not normally available in the prison – it uses reasonably standard technology but in an innovative way.

Third prize

James Tattersall is Renal Informatics Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and he has developed the concept of the Community portal for renal medicine.   At any one time 5% of the population have kidney disease many of whom are well and able to carry on as normal but they run the risk of developing serious complications.   The community portal is all about helping people to help themselves to learn about their treatment, for their GP’s to use it to help administer information and treatment and to make referrals when it is appropriate – a little bit like a triage system.

Assistive Technology & Rehabilitation Category

First prize

Barry Taylor, Head of Technology Development Medical Physics at Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has overseen the development of an Improved Energy Efficiency Crutch.   This is a development that has had useful design inputs from a number of different disciplines including an orthopaedic surgeon.  Hull have a working prototype - It is practical has several applications in sport as well as everyday use.

Second prize

Suzanne Haywood Everett a Clinical Psychologist from Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders at Leeds Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust and Suzanne has been involved in the development of guided self help for eating disorders for quite a few years at Huddersfield prior to coming to Leeds .  Since coming to Leeds she set about developing the ‘Guided Self Help materials’ which are unique as they can cover a wide range of eating disorders, she also applied for funding to launch the programme and trained 56 other healthcare professionals in how to use it.  She has also helped kick off randomised clinical trials and oversees many other research projects. 

Publications and Training Materials Category

First prize

Dr David Kessel is consultant radiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospital and over last few years he has been instrumental, along with a colleague from the University, in developing an augmented reality simulator for training image guided needle insertion. These days severe time pressures means that consultants are simply not able to spend as much one to one training with students as previously happened therefore it is increasingly important that the student training is as thorough and realistic as possible. The training simulator allows a range of different patient treatments requiring guided needle intervention to be simulated.  As well as developing the manikin and needle insertion equipment David is developing a training programme for the students including software to support the use of the aid.

Joint second prize

Pam Hancock, COPD Coordinator from North East Lincolnshire PCT has developed a COPD Self management Guide. Pam is the main author of the booklet which has contributions and input from patients, OTs, physios, dieticians, GPs consultants, respiratory nurses etc. The booklet provides a wealth of information to the patient to help them manage the disease & avoid unnecessary hospital appointments. 

Joint second prize

Jane Martin is from the Yorkshire Cochlear implant Service at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for  Listen for Life Training materials. The Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service was established in 1990 and it assesses children and adults with profound hearing loss and it has earned a well deserved reputation for the quality of its work. In summer of 2008 a brand new state of the art centre – The Listen for Life Centre will open in Bradford which will be the first of its kind in the. Jane & her team have developed a range of training materials for use in the centre, at home and by all of the professionals associated with the centre, they also intend to market the materials to the other 18 Cochlear implant centres in the as well as to overseas services. 

Overall Winner of Winners Prize

The overall winner of our 2007 Medipex Innovation competition is Barry Taylor’s Energy Efficient Crutch from Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Medipex would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors and supporters of our 2007 Innovation Competition: