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Health Enterprise East Announce Winners in NHS Innovation Competition 2017

Health Enterprise East (HEE), a healthcare innovation company providing services to the NHS and industry, has announced the winners of its 2017 NHS Innovation Competition.

Now in its 11th year, the competition challenges NHS staff and small/medium size businesses across the East of England, East Midlands and London to come forward with innovative ideas for products and services that address unmet needs in the NHS and improve patient services.

Sharing in a prize fund of £18,000, the winners in each of six categories have demonstrated to the judging panel the potential of their innovation to be of significant benefit to NHS staff, patients and the wider healthcare environment. This year for the first time, an award also goes to a clinical entrepreneur or team whose innovative idea is already making a positive impact in the NHS and on people’s lives. Monies will be used for further product/service development.

The HEE Innovation Awards Presentation Dinner was hosted by science writer and broadcaster, Vivienne Parry OBE on Wednesday 20th September at Sturmer Hall, Essex where the winners were announced and presented with their award and engraved trophy.

Guest Speaker at the ceremony was Dr Steve Feast, Managing Director of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (Eastern AHSN).

Announced winners are:

• Clinical Entrepreneur (sponsored by Eastern AHSN)

Kings Lynn Institute of Patient Safety (KLIPS), a team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn led by Drs Young and Mariyaselvam devising, developing, promoting and implementing clinically inspired medical innovation

• Diabetes (supported by a sponsorship from Roche Diabetes Care Limited)

Joanne Hoare & GooD Pregnancy Network team from Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: EGGS (Educating Gestational diabetes Group Sessions) - a new breed of antenatal clinic offering joint education of patients, partners and professionals

• Medical Technology

Dr Nawar Al-Zebari & team from University of Cambridge: Novel indwelling urinary catheter device based on smart materials to reduce catheter associated urinary-tract infections

• Innovation in Primary Care

Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi & team from Herts Valleys and Luton CCGs: ‘C the Signs’ – a project using technology innovatively to fight cancer through early diagnosis

• Service Improvement

Dr Emma Nickerson & team from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Use of model plastic arm and demonstration videos to teach patients to give their own intravenous antibiotics at home

• SME Innovation

Dr Katrina Spranger & team at Oxford Heartbeat Ltd: Making vascular surgeries more accurate and safe with a technology that helps clinicians plan and rehearse stent placements inside blood vessels

Dr Anne Blackwood, Chief Executive at HEE said: “This year we had a fantastic response with an unprecedented number of entries from the NHS, academia and industry, making the job of our judges harder than ever.

“Congratulation goes to our finalists and winners, all of which are outstanding in their endeavours to improve patient care through innovation. In turn, as part of HEE’s commitment to inspire and facilitate healthcare innovation across the region we will continue to work with them all to deliver better health solutions for patients.

“I would like to thank our panel of distinguished judges and all of our sponsors who have made this event possible, and in particularly to Roche Diabetes Care and Eastern AHSN for their generous support for the Diabetes Award and Clinical Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.”