NHS Innovation Awards 2011 Winners

Innovative staff members from the NHS across the Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands regions were recognised on 22nd September at Medipex’s 2011 NHS Innovation Award Ceremony and Showcase and was attended by more than 200 people from across the NHS and Medical Technology industry.

It was hosted by Kim Inglis, TV Journalist, Reporter and Presenter working for organisations that include the BBC, Sky News, TV and web channel lakestv.net.

Now in their 7th year, the awards have established themselves as Yorkshire’s premier healthcare networking event and are an integral part of Medipex’s work promoting innovation within the NHS, helping innovators from within the NHS to develop their ideas to improve patient care and helping medical technology companies to link in with clinical staff for collaborative product development and clinical trials. 25 clinical teams were shortlisted for the awards across the 5 categories from over 120 entries that were submitted.

GP and Primary Care

The winner of the GP and Primary Care Category sponsored by MDTi was Alan Rouane from Prior Campus in Barnsley.  Alan and other members of the health team have been involved in implementing a weight management project called Fit Reds.  Based at Barnsley football ground, the participants – all of whom are male Barnsley residents, aged over 35 and who consider themselves to be overweight – receive a mix of health advice and physical activity over an 8 week programme.  To date, the 50 men who have completed the course have lost a combined total of 36 stone 4 pounds in weight and 93% of them have lowered their blood pressure as a direct result of their participation.

Software and Telehealth

The winner of the Software and Telehealth Category sponsored by the Yorkshire and Humber HIEC was a team led by Kathryn Vowden of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Brenda King of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for their work developing a telewound management service in collaboration with Longhad Data Ltd and ADL Smartcare.  The service they have developed allows them to remotely assess the status of wounds being managed in the community, either by district nurses or care home staff, and to provide an intervention only when really necessary, allowing efficiencies in time management and early intervention in cases where wound deterioration is detected early thorough the monitoring system.  Although the service is still in its evaluation phase, a number of hospital admissions have already been avoided and more appropriate dressings used to accelerate the rate of wound healing. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The winner of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Category was Ian Colpitts and colleagues from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for their work developing a therapeutic package for young children called SMILES.  This package is aimed at preventing mental health issues occurring in young children, teaching them a variety of techniques and skills in order to equip them for future life stresses, but can be used to support those who do require further therapeutic input.

Medical Devices and Diagnostics

The winner in the Medical Devices and Diagnostics category sponsored by UDL Patent Agents and Medilink Yorkshire and Humber was Mr Muhammad Imran Aslam and his team from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust for his work developing a novel blood test for bowel cancer detection and screening.  Their assay is based on detecting micro-RNAs and offers better accuracy of detection and the potential for big cost savings compared with current diagnostics. The initial work has been validated with a high degree of accuracy on 100 patients and the team are now looking to produce a diagnostic kit with software that should be able to produce results within 6-8 hours.

Acute and Secondary Care

The winner of the Acute and Secondary Care Category sponsored by NHS Yorkshire and the Humber was Michelle Cooke and her team from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust for developing a novel approach for intravenous iron administration in the community to people with chronic kidney disease.  Intravenous iron infusion is necessary to maintain the correct levels of haemoglobin in the blood.  If left uncorrected, then the resulting anaemia can have a significant effect on a patient’s quality of life and ability to function and work normally. This scheme means that rather than attending hospitals for 3-5 hours for iron infusion, patients now only need to attend their local health centre for one hour.

Richard Clark, CEO of Medipex said of the awards, “It’s always a pleasure for Medipex to run our innovation competition; there are so many innovative people working within the NHS and these awards help to recognise their achievements as well as highlighting innovations which can be commissioned or adopted by other organisations. The entries in this year’s competition were some of the best we have seen in the last 7 years and all the finalists should be congratulated for the work they have done improving patient care.”

Medipex would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors and supporters of our 2011 Innovation Competition: