NHS Innovation Challenge prizes worth £650,000 launched

30 September 2014
A £650,000 prize fund has been launched by the NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens to encourage and reward innovation in the NHS.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize celebrates innovation driven by the frontline doctors, nurses and NHS staff who deliver care every day. The 2014/15 NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes, worth £650,000, will be announced at the Queen’s Nursing Institute conference in London.

Mr Stevens said: “We have a strong track record in developing and using new medical technologies to revolutionise the way we care for and treat patients – diagnostic ultrasound, the MRI scan, the ophthalmoscope used to examine our eyes – to name but a few, all developed or invented by British innovators and used across the world to deliver healthcare to millions of people every day.

“We need to find new ways of working if our health service is going to be fit to face the challenges ahead and we know that those ideas come from the brilliant people working in frontline caring and research roles.”

Now in its fourth year, this year’s programme offers prizes across seven categories, including Use of technology, Rehabilitation, Digital patient and clinician engagement and Diabetes.

Previous winners include Dr Neil Guha and Professor Guruprasad Aithal from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust who were awarded £100,000 after developing a new way of detecting early stage liver disease in the community. If rolled out nationally, the project could save the NHS as much £74.6 million in the first year.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize is open to all NHS organisations in England and deadline for entry is 7 November 2014.  For more information, visit the The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize website.

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