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Last call to enter region’s leading health awards

Health innovators paving the way for better patient care through transformative technologies or improved service delivery are urged to submit their entry in these regional awards.

The Bright Ideas in Health Awards, organised by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), are open to individuals and teams from across the NHS, including those in primary and secondary care, universities, and regional businesses and organisations working within the health sector. 

NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) is proud to be the lead sponsor of this year's awards which are free to enter. Winners will receive a cash prize and support from innovation experts at the AHSN NENC to progress their ideas.

The submission deadline is Friday, November 25, 2022, and finalists will be announced in February next year. All finalists will be invited to attend the awards ceremony at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead in March, where the winners in each category will be revealed.

The nine categories this year are:

  1. Development of an Innovative Device or Technology, sponsored by CPI
  2. Outstanding Industry Collaboration
  3. Innovation in Clinical Education, sponsored by Health Education England North East (HEENE)
  4. Demonstrating an Impact upon Patient Safety and/or Quality Improvement
  5. Innovation Champion Award
  6. Digital Innovation in Health and Social Care
  7. Contribution to Sustainable Health Care
  8. Innovation and Improvement in Reducing Healthcare Inequalities Award
  9. Cross-organisation Working to Deliver Research, sponsored by the NIHR Clinical Research Network

Samantha Allen, chief executive for the North East and North Cumbria ICB, said: "We’re proud to be supporting the Bright Ideas in Health Awards again this year, which celebrates and recognises the hard work and dedication of those individuals and teams who are going above and beyond using innovation and expertise to help enhance and improve patient care for our communities".

Dr Nicola Hutchinson, chief executive at the AHSN NENC, said: “The time has come again to call on the region’s innovators to tell us about the health solutions they have developed to ensure patients receive the best possible care.

“The Bright Ideas in Health Awards have long provided a platform for the brightest minds in healthcare to be celebrated and to inspire future innovators. This year we will recognise individuals and teams within the health sector that are pushing the boundaries of innovation across nine categories, including new awards for 2022 which acknowledge work to reduce healthcare inequalities, sustainability and cross-organisation research.

“Entering the awards is easy and free, so please get in touch before the deadline to share your bright ideas.”

The Awards, now in its 18th year, celebrate the achievements of innovators who have risen to the challenge of telling us how, and where, they believe that the services provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery.

The deadline for entering is Friday, November 25, 2022. To find out more and to submit a bright idea, visit: https://brightideasinhealth.org.uk/

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