The shortlist for 12 prestigious awards which celebrate successes in innovative healthcare across the West Midlands has been announced.
The annual Celebration of Innovation Awards, from the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), recognise and reward innovation in healthcare from NHS organisations, academic institutions, social enterprises, care homes, charities and the private sector from across the region.
The awards will be presented at the WMAHSN's Celebration of Innovation Event on 20 July and reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth, as well as the organisation's key priorities and themes. There are also special awards for innovative individuals or teams and innovative organisations.
Tammy Holmes, innovation and adoption programme manager at WMAHSN, said: "We were absolutely delighted with the response to our first ever Celebration of Innovation Awards last year, and this year's awards have already proven to be bigger and better, with 107 entries across the 12 categories.
"As an AHSN, we work with innovators from across the healthcare sector, whether industry, NHS, academia, social enterprise or the third sector. These awards acknowledge the hard work going on throughout the West Midlands across the gamut of life sciences, and reward contributions towards our overall aim of accelerating the adoption of innovation to generate continuous improvement in the region’s health and wealth."
Dr Christopher Parker, managing director of WMAHSN, said: "While it was a very difficult task to whittle down the entries, our shortlisted entries all show proof of a collaborative approach to identifying the problem and developing the innovation, and clear evidence that the innovation has been implemented effectively.
"Importantly, they have shown evidence of the impact of the innovation on patient outcomes and value for money, and are demonstrably scalable, whether across the UK, Europe or even internationally.
"I would like to thank everyone for entering, and the very best of luck to our worthy shortlisted entrants!"
The shortlisted organisations are:
Innovative Organisation Award
Innovative Team of the Year Award
Economic Impact Award
Excellence in Wellness and Prevention of Illness Award
MidTECH Award for Best NHS Invention or Innovation
Patient Safety Award
Supporting Self Care Innovation Award
Social Enterprise Award
Medicines Optimisation Award
Mental Health Innovation Award
Industry Collaboration Award
Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award
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