Innovation in the NHS was Celebrated at the Eleventh 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 eleventh annual Medipex Innovation Awards and Showcase. It was clear from this year’s entries that the use of technology to improve the efficiency of services is high on the agenda for the NHS, as demonstrated in the description of the winners below.

Innovators from around the region gathered at Oulton Hall near Leeds on 8th October 2015 for a networking event and awards ceremony where seven teams were crowned winners across five categories: Digital Health, GP & Primary Care, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Medical Devices & Diagnostics and Secondary Care. 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.

The awards are run by Medipex Ltd., the innovation hub for NHS organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands. Seventy high quality entries were received this year from which fourteen teams were selected to attend the awards ceremony as finalists. Seven of these teams were crowned winners, receiving their awards from TV presenter and NHS paediatrician Dr Ranj Singh.

The winners of the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase 2015 were:

Digital Health category (joint winners):

Thomas Gray from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust won his award for Healthcare Supervision Logbook, a mobile phone app designed to collect continuous feedback from doctors-in-training and the consultants responsible for supervising them. This platform allows for a much wider, real-time view of the quality of both the training that is being delivered, and of the students themselves, to identify and target problem areas. The product is being piloted in the region and is expected to contribute to better patient care through improvement of medical education.

Simon Judge from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was chosen as joint winner in this category for his work on the ITU Communication Toolbox, an app that allows patients on mechanical ventilation to efficiently communicate through a tablet computer device. The design of this communication aid was supported by Devices for Dignity (D4D) and has been evidence-based having drawn on a systematic literature review, qualitative data from interviews with patients and carers, and ‘embedded’ design work within an Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU). The resulting device is anticipated to improve communication, enhancing both the emotional state of the patient and the care they receive.

Runner up:

Graham Smith from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust: Summary Care Record Access Validation Tool (SCV) - click here for details

GP and Primary Care category:

Caroline Senior from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust won the award for her development of a pilot scheme to deliver intravenous diuretics to heart failure patients in their own homes, a procedure that ordinarily requires a patient being admitted to hospital for 13 days. Significant patient benefit was demonstrated, with 100% of patients involved in the pilot reporting that they preferred the community-based care, as well as substantial cost savings to the NHS.

Runners up:

Elaine Wyllie from NHS Scarborough & Ryedale CCG: Safeguarding Children App - click here for details.

Kristina Fletcher from NAViGO Health & Social Care CIC: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for People with Long Term Physical Health Conditions - click here for details.

Mental Health and Wellbeing category (joint winners):

Dianne Tetley from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was selected as joint winner for her work on MyOutcomes® UK, a secure, web-based feedback and data management system that supports the practical application of an Outcomes Orientated Approach to the delivery of Mental Health Services (OO-AMHS). Patients input feedback before and after sessions with practitioners and the software displays a graphical interpretation of this feedback to check patient functioning and the quality of the therapeutic alliance.

Lynne Barker from Sheffield Hallam University was chosen as joint winner in this category for her work on a digital version of The Cooking Task. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to impairment in cognitive functions such as multi-tasking, planning, sequencing and prospective memory. Cooking requires the use of many of these skills and can provide a sensitive and reliable measure of executive function ability in a ‘real-world’ context. The digital Cooking Task programme has now been piloted and is anticipated to reduce time and costs associated with assessment of cognitive function.

Runner up:

Lydia Burfield from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust: Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service Training DVDs for Professionals: The Voice & Experiences of Young People - click here for details.

Medical Devices and Diagnostics category:

Stephen Smith from University of York has developed the LID-Monitor, commercialised through spin-out company ClearSky Medical Diagnostics, which can detect involuntary movements that are associated with Parkinson’s disease and that can also be caused by the medication used to treat it. The device allows home monitoring of patients over a 24 hour period and bespoke software produces an easy to interpret graph that can be presented to clinicians in order to inform any changes in medication that may benefit the patient.

Runners up:

Diana Anderson from University of Bradford: Simple blood test to detect individuals with cancer - click here for details.

Jeremy Prydal from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: Early detection of lung cancer using high resolution autofluorescence spectrometry - click here for details.

Secondary Care category:

Mike Pinkerton from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust came first in this category for establishing an in-house Orthotic Manufacturing Unit. Historically all patient orthoses were purchased from external companies but product and administration costs were significant and treatment for patients was delayed, which impacted on performance targets. The in-house facility has radically changed how orthotic services are delivered across the Trust and has substantially reduced orthotic spend. The unit also provides same day repair facilities for patients, reducing the number of clinical appointments required and the number of items supplied to each patient, whilst allowing them to remain as independent and mobile as possible.

Runner up:

James Burton from University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: Overnight haemodialysis to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes - click here for details.


Further information from:

Agnes Crutchard, Medipex:

Tel 0113 397 0963, email

Notes for editors


Medipex is the Innovation Hub covering the Yorkshire and Humber and East Midlands regions. It was set up in 2004 to identify truly innovative ideas conceived by NHS staff and, where possible, to protect any intellectual property associated with those ideas and facilitate their commercial exploitation. Since 2004, Medipex has evaluated around 1,500 ideas put forward by NHS staff and 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.

The Medipex NHS Innovation Awards 2015 were sponsored by Bartlett insurance brokers, Synergix Health, Urquhart-Dykes and Lord LLP, Ward Haddaway law firm and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.