Submissions invited for East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards

Posted by pt91 at Jun 24, 2015 11:59 AM |
Deadline for entries is 14 August

Organisations across the East Midlands are invited to enter an awards scheme that will showcase the incredible work of their staff to transform health and social care services for local people.

The second East Midlands Innovation in Healthcare Awards have been launched by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) to recognise and celebrate innovation throughout the region.

Prizes are available across six categories and entries are invited from staff at all levels, especially those on the frontline and at more junior levels who have introduced changes to tackle problems and improve services.

The entry deadline is 14 August and the awards are open to any organisations involved in health or social care including NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups, universities, councils, companies and third sector / voluntary organisations.

Last year’s inaugural awards – which attracted around 100 entries - provided a platform to support the development of a number of ground-breaking initiatives that will help save lives and improve services for patients (see ‘notes to editors’).

EMAHSN Managing Director Professor Rachel Munton said: “The NHS faces major challenges to meet the increasing demand for services and growing financial pressures. Innovation is absolutely central to overcoming these challenges.

“Great ideas and solutions are being generated every day. We want to celebrate them and explore the potential to develop and adopt them on a wider scale so they benefit patients throughout the region and potentially the UK. “The quality of last year’s entries highlighted the commitment and expertise of teams across our region. The breadth of innovation was incredible and it is clear that great ideas and solutions are being generated every day throughout our region by frontline staff.”

There are six categories and entries can be submitted at Winners will receive £3,000 to help develop the innovation, with £1,000 for two runners-up in each category.

In addition to the prize money EMAHSN offers wider support to develop innovations: for example last year’s awards provided a launch pad to help a number of winners secure major grant funding and spread their projects within and outside the East Midlands.

The six categories are:

  1. Patient identified innovations: innovative projects, services or products developed from patient input, ideas or suggestions, and / or in partnership with patients.
  2. Improved access, experience and outcomes for underserved communities: innovative projects, services or products to support, for example, people living in rural and remote areas, people with disabilities and / or and Black and minority ethnic communities.
  3. Frontline innovations: innovative projects, services or products developed by staff at more junior levels, that are benefiting patient care, resolving unmet needs, or demonstrate collaborative working.
  4. Medical Technology: innovative medical devices, equipment or therapies that support EMAHSN’s clinical priorities including cancer, frail older people, stroke rehabilitation, mental health, diabetes and obesity.
  5. Technology Enabled Care Services: innovations with potential to transform the way people engage in and control their own healthcare, empowering them to manage it in a way that is right for them. Innovations could include Telehealth, telecare, telemedicine / teleconsultations, telecoaching and self-care apps.
  6. Innovation through integration: innovative projects, services or products developed in partnership that support one or more of the following: address an unmet need, deliver a better experience or care for patients, build people’s independence or improve access and experiences of underserved communities.

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