Innovation in the NHS was Celebrated at the Twelfth 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 twelfth annual Medipex Innovation Awards and Showcase.

Innovators from around the region gathered at Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield for a networking event and awards ceremony where five teams were crowned winners across different innovation categories: Medical Devices and Diagnostics, GP and Community Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Self-Management and Service Improvement.

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 fifteen teams were selected to attend the awards ceremony as finalists. Five of these teams were crowned winners, receiving their awards from BBC Yorkshire Broadcaster Harry Gration and our generous sponsors.

The winners of the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase 2017 were:

Medical Devices & Diagnostics

Winner: Joel’s Bucket – a central venous catheter training device. Joel’s Bucket is a high-fidelity, low cost device for creating a realistic artificial circulation for the purpose of training clinicians to safely insert arterial and venous catheters.

Joel Copperthwaite, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust


Runners up:

Electronic Frailty Index - eFI uses routine GP data to identify and severity-grade frailty to enable evidence-based, proactive models of integrated care for older people. Its implementation into routine primary care practice is a major advance.

Andrew Clegg & Sarah De Biase. Led by researchers from the University of Leeds based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Intra-Abdominal Platform (IAP) - a novel platform for the hands-free retraction of tissues and organs in laparoscopic abdominal surgery to provide improved access and visibility

Pete Culmer, University of Leeds and PD-M International

GP & Community Care

Winner: CARE-VIEW - an app to reconnect socially isolated citizens with their communities and the services they require to improve and maintain health and wellbeing, generating high societal value

Jonathan Hindley. Public Health-West, Leeds City Council

Runners up:

The Campaign to Reduce Opioid Prescribing – a proactive programme to reduce opioid prescribing in primary care

Sarah Alderson, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Dialysis closer to home - a community based partnership to develop a minimal care community dialysis centre

James Burton and Richard Baines. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Winner: Targeted TMS@NAViGOTM – a novel method of the delivery of painless, non-invasive brain stimulation therapy for treatment-resistant depression and other mood disorders

Colin Robertson. NAViGO

Runners up:

Outcome Feedback technology – improving the efficiency of psychological care by utilising computer-based technology to assist psychological therapists in monitoring how their patients are responding to treatment.

Jaime Delgadillo. Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Mental Capacity Assessment Support Toolkit - developed to support multidisciplinary staff to carry out robust mental capacity assessments

Mark Jayes. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Self Management

Winner: Proactive Health Coaching - a telephone-based, nurse-led health management service that educates patients and helps them to plan their care

Fiona Bell. NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group

Runners up:

Teaching material for illiterate and innumerate families with diabetes - delivering essential education required for independent management of insulin dependent diabetes without the need to understand the English language

Emma Randle. Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

The Digital Bladder Diary - the first in a series of CE marked clinical patient diaries to manage and monitor long term health conditions through clinically led partnerships.

Professor Paul O’ Brien. Elaros

Service Improvement

Winner: The York Faecal Calprotectin Care Pathway – Implementation of a Pathway to help GPs to effectively utilise the FC diagnostic test and identify which patients can be cared for in primary care and which should be referred to secondary care.

Dr James Turvill and Victoria Hilton. York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Y&H AHSN

Runners up:

The Bradford Diagnostic Virtual Ward – allowing quicker discharge of patients from hospital whilst maintaining rapid access to any final tests required

Dr Stefan Williams. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

3D imaging to replace planar imaging of metastatic bone disease – use of shortened acquisition protocols to allow more widespread implementation

Michael Hanney. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

For full details of the finalists in each category - please click here.


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 over 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 2017 were sponsored by CNUK, Medical Technologies IKC Urquhart-Dykes and Lord LLP, Ward Haddaway law firm, Kirk Newsholme and Cedar Court Hotel.


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