Innovate Awards shortlist shows wealth of innovation across the East

The East of England represented in nine of the ten categories at the Innovate Awards 2022

Published: 01st September 2022

Health Innovation East is a partner on three projects which have been shortlisted in the Innovate Awards

The finalists for The Innovate Awards 2022 have been revealed following a rigorous round of judging over the summer, with Health Innovation East named as a partner in three of the shortlisted projects, with innovation programmes from our region featuring as finalists in nine out of the ten categories.

In its inaugural year, The Innovate Awards is a collaboration between the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation to celebrate excellence in innovation in health and care, showcasing those teams, organisations and health and care systems leading the way in positive change.

The awards saw a grand total of 194 entries from health and care teams across the country covering ten award categories. The ten eventual winners will also compete for Innovation Champion of the Year to be announced on the evening of the award ceremony in September.

Involving patients in health data research

Gut Reaction, the Health Data Research Hub for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Patient and Public Involvement in Transformation and Innovation Award.

The project, which is supported by HDRUK and led by the NIHR BioResource, aims to combine health data in the NIHR IBD BioResource with real-world data from participating NHS hospitals and the IBD Registry to support important research into IBD. Health Innovation East’s role has focussed on operational and programme management, coordinating activities across workstreams and project governance including reporting and assurance to our funders.

24/7 health information support for Norfolk parents

Just One Norfolk has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to Population Health Through Innovation Award. This attractive, interactive digital platform is integrated within service delivery of the Norfolk and Waveney Children and Young People’s Health Services. It provides Norfolk’s families and healthcare professionals with a single digital access point to up to date, validated information, support and resources designed to improve a family’s confidence and ability to care for their children (0-19 years old).

Health Innovation East has supported the spread of the platform to cover a broader scope of services and to widen the breadth of users, allowing a growth of resources to support all children and young people across Norfolk.

Utilisation of Whzan telehealth technology in care homes and virtual wards

Health Innovation East and Whzan have been shortlisted under the Enabling Safer Systems of Care Through Innovation category for our work embedding telehealth solutions for remote monitoring in care homes.

With clinicians’ in-person attendance restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a need for care homes to use remote monitoring solutions to communicate health information of their residents with healthcare professionals. Health Innovation East worked with care homes and partners across the region to pilot a digital solution to do so using NEWS2, with support from an Innovate UK grant.

The data collected suggests the programme saved more than £201k in 33 care homes, including a 15.75% reduction in conveyances to hospital.

Commenting on the awards, Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation said:

“Judges across all the award categories have remarked on how impressive and inspiring the work contained in these submissions has been. It has been a delight to see the wonderful efforts taking place in terms of innovation in the health and care sector and it is hugely important to recognise and celebrate this.”

The 43 judges included prominent healthcare figures from NHS England, regional NHS trusts and integrated care boards, universities, patient involvement organisations, health equality organisations and innovation specialists. Read more about the judges on the Awards website.

The award ceremony will take place on the evening of 29th September at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Tower Bridge, London. Tickets are available to book now.

The new Innovate Awards are brought to you by NHS Confederation and The AHSN Network.

Other finalists from our region

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

  • Broomfield Hospital advanced low carbon cooling
  • Understanding Inequality Programme

Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

  • Essex Vax Van – engaging and communicating with diverse audiences to drive impact
  • A national trailblazer for BP@Home
  • Anchoring Southend – putting our community first
  • Driving innovation across the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership
  • Enabling safer care with Raizer emergency lifting chairs.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust streamlines communication with Alertive.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) (with Oxehealth)

  • Adopting new non-intrusive monitoring technology to improve safety and care quality on mental health inpatient wards.

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