Innovation in the NHS was Celebrated at the Thirteenth Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase


Innovative NHS staff and their collaborators from the region’s universities, charities and SMEs have been celebrated at the annual Medipex Innovation Awards and Showcase.

Innovators from around the region gathered at Oulton Hall near Leeds on 4th October 2018 for a networking event and awards ceremony. The awards provide a platform to showcase pioneering new ideas and technologies developed by, or with, NHS staff to improve patient care and make services more efficient.

Entrepreneur and skipper of the “Yorkshire Rows” world record breaking team of Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge rowers, Janette Benaddi, hosted the ceremony and gave an inspiring keynote address. Janette has worked for 20 years in the life science sector. Having successfully built and sold her clinical research business she now spends time supporting SMEs, including Medipex.

The winners of the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase 2018 were:


Bladder Shape Test (BlaST)

Stephen Radley, Thomas Gray, John Fenner and Shahram Abdi

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Bladder Shape Test is a new diagnostic which detects and quantifies bladder contractions by measuring shape changes via abdominal ultrasound.

Runners Up:

  • Emego

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

  • Non-invasive diagnostic test for adrenal insufficiency

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation


National Paediatric Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative

Carrie MacKenzie

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Initiatives to improve self-management of children and young people’s insulin dependent diabetes to improve both short and long term glycaemic control.

Runner Up:

  • A Structured Health Intervention for Truckers

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust



David R Chadwick

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“BBV_TestPrompt” is a system which promotes the appropriate testing of at-risk patients for blood-borne viruses. The software links to SystmOne and highlights to GPs the patients who would most benefit from this testing.

Runners Up:

  • Innovative software to support the complete management of prevention programmes

Health Diagnostics Ltd

  • Quadrant model

Sloan Medical Centre


AMOS – Artificial Member of Staff

Graham Smith

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

AMOS is an ‘artificial member of staff’ within the pharmacy department. It is a software based system which can process High Cost Drug data each month. This is a task requiring a high level of accuracy and consistency to meet the needs of the commissioners who require the data. AMOS frees up staff time for clinical activities.

Runners Up:

  • NHS Natural Health School

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

  • LMSU! (LetMeShowYou)

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Clinician’s Dashboard

Lisa Denton

NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC

The Clinician’s Dashboard is a low cost tool which uses existing data to assist community mental health clinicians with their caseloads, improves patient safety and reduces suicides

Runners Up:

  • Criteria Led Discharge Tracker for Acute Mental Health Wards

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

  • StepUp!

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Full details of the finalists in each category can be found on the Medipex website:


Further information from:

Clare Steele-Childe, Medipex

Notes for editors


Medipex is a not-for profit Company, originally established as the Innovation Hub covering the Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands regions. It was set up in 2004 to identify innovative ideas conceived by NHS staff and to protect any intellectual property associated with those ideas and facilitate their commercial exploitation. Medipex has evaluated approximately 1500 ideas put forward by NHS staff and now manages a pipeline of successful innovations. As well as working with NHS staff, Medipex also works with academia and a wide range of medical technology companies to help them link with NHS staff to facilitate development of medical technology products.


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