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Final call for entries to the 16th annual Bright Ideas in Health Awards

Health innovators across the North East and North Cumbria are being urged to enter the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2019 before the August deadline.

Now in the 16th year, the prestigious awards have become a staple in the region’s healthcare calendar attracting a high calibre of entries from pioneering innovators across a range of areas.

Organised by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), the Awards celebrate the forward-thinking healthcare ideas that are being developed to improve patient care across the region.

The deadline for entering has now been extended to Friday 16th August. It’s free, and quick, to enter and all shortlisted finalists will be invited to attend the awards ceremony later this year, free of charge.

The Awards are open to all healthcare professionals, including those in Primary and Secondary care, academia, and regional SMEs engaged in healthcare.

This year sees the introduction of new categories meaning there are now eight opportunities to win at the ceremony that will take place in November.

The winners will receive a cash prize and support from innovation experts at the AHSN NENC to progress their ideas.

The eight categories this year are: Development of an Innovative Device or Technology, Digital Innovation in Health and Social Care, Demonstrating an Impact upon Patient Safety, Demonstrating an Impact upon Quality Improvement, Outstanding Research Collaboration with the NHS, Innovation Champion Award, Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine Award, and Innovation in Education Category.

Dr Nicola Wesley, Deputy Chief Executive at the AHSN NENC, said: “I’d urge healthcare professionals and teams within the NHS, industry and academia to submit their bright ideas before the deadline on 16th August.”

Last year’s winning ‘ideas’ included a peer-led alternative to traditional mental health services, a Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Test, a ‘pop-up hospital’, a collaborative approach to reducing pressure sores through training and education, and ground-breaking endoscopy research.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams working within the NHS, industry and academia, 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 competition, depending upon the category, is open to all SMEs, NHS organisations and academic institutions in the North East of England and North Cumbria.

The deadline for entering is Friday 16th August, 2019. To submit a bright idea, visit: https://brightideasinhealth.org.uk/

The winners will be revealed at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards ceremony on Thursday 14th November at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel.