Winners at last year's Bright Ideas in Health Awards
Image Source: AHSN NENC
Winners at last year's Bright Ideas in Health Awards

Finalists for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2018 announced

Innovative and forward-thinking healthcare teams and individuals from across the region have been revealed in the shortlist for this year’s Bright Ideas in Health Awards.

The brightest sparks within the NHS and academia have been recognised in the list of finalists for one of the most prestigious regional healthcare events of the year.

The Bright Ideas in Health Awards, now in its fifteenth year, celebrates the work being done by frontline healthcare staff and SMEs involved in improving healthcare in the North East and North Cumbria.

Organisers, the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), have been inundated with entries for the 2018 event and have now whittled these down to reveal this year’s finalists.

The shortlist includes projects being delivered by Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Foundation Trusts and Universities across a wide range of focus areas such as dementia, sepsis, asthma, patient safety and many more.

The competition covers five categories: Development of an Innovative Device or Technology; Service Improvement; Innovation Champion of the Year; Demonstrating an Impact upon Patient Safety and Research Impact: Improving Patient Care.

The winners, who will be announced at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards ceremony on 29 November at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton Hotel, will receive a cash prize to help them develop their ideas as well as specialist support from experts at the AHSN NENC.

Dr Nicola Wesley, Chief Operations Officer at the AHSN NENC, said: “The Bright Ideas in Health Awards showcase the work being delivered by dedicated teams in different healthcare settings across all corners of the region.

“It is a humbling and inspiring experience to hear about some of the fantastic projects and brilliant minds we have in the North East and North Cumbria. Every single innovation – whether it’s developing a new device or technology or improving the way a service is delivered – is commendable and I’d like to thank everyone who submitted entries to this year’s awards.

“Every year we continue to be astounded by the high standard of entries we receive, and this year has been no exception. The calibre, as per usual, has been outstanding. We have some truly pioneering projects as finalists and we’re looking forward to celebrating everyone’s achievements at the ceremony later this month.”

The finalists in each category are:

Service Improvement

Together in a Crisis - Organisation commissioned by Newcastle Gateshead CCG

Changing Health, Transform Programme - Organisation commissioned by Newcastle Gateshead CCG

Recoco (The Recovery College Collective) - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

A national programme to optimise the administration of chemotherapy to neonates and other challenging childhood cancer patients - Newcastle University

North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance - a Clinical Education & Training Programme for Care Homes - North of England Commissioning Support Unit

Community Admiral Nurse Service Improving the care to people living with dementia - Organisation commissioned by Newcastle Gateshead CCG

Improving the efficiency of moving and handling training - County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Development of a Device or Technology

Point-of-care diagnostics for Sepsis - Teesside University

Innovative prognostic test for early-stage, cutaneous melanoma - Newcastle University

Self-releasing Venous Tourniquet - North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

CareScan+ - North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Videofluoroscopy Chair - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

BBVTestPrompt: an innovative solution to improve blood-borne virus testing - South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation Champion of the Year

The Pop up Hospital - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Development of an online resource to support paediatric asthma care in the North East - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation Team City Hospitals Sunderland - City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Demonstrating an Impact of Patient Safety

Pressure Area Care - spreading the knowledge - Cumbria Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

Improving patient safety with the AMBER Care Bundle, Deciding Right & Advance Care Planning - North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Safety checklists in ERCP are associated with reduced post-ERCP pancreatitis rates - South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Research Impact: Improving patient care

Leading Collaborations to Deliver Practice Changing Research - South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Rob Pickard Impact Legacy - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Improving the Utility of Quantitative MRI in Children and Young people with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Feasibility Study - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Previous Bright Ideas in Health Awards winners include a non-invasive test for bladder cancer; a specialist training programme for allergies; a laboratory sample pallet; an Acute Kidney Injury awareness initiative; falls prevention training; treatment for inherited kidney disease; and a direct GP booking service.

Join the discussion as a guest or using , or Google

Top Ten Most Read