WMAHSN awards recognise the region's best

WMAHSN awards recognise the region's best

The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) has celebrated the best of innovation in healthcare around the region by presenting its second annual awards.

More than 300 people from across the West Midlands’ NHS, industry, academia, third sector, charities, care homes and patient population gathered at the NEC’s Hilton Metropole for the WMAHSN’s second Celebration of Innovation awards.

The awards ceremony was the centrepiece of the WMAHSN’s annual stakeholder event, which brought to life the 2016/17 Annual Report and showcased programmes supported and introduced by the WMAHSN over the past 12 months.

The awards were established to recognise and celebrate the work of individuals and organisations in developing better healthcare and economic benefit for the region, and the ceremony provided an opportunity to celebrate achievements from across the West Midlands. 

107 entries were submitted across the 12 categories, which were assessed by a panel of experts. The winners were:

  • Innovative Organisation Award - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Innovative Team of the Year Award - University of Birmingham’s Human Interface Technologies Team
  • Economic Impact Award - Kaido Group Ltd for the Kaido Insights Engine, which turns health data from connected health monitoring devices into actionable insights for patients, clinicians and businesses
  • Excellence in Wellness and Prevention of Illness Award - University of Birmingham, for the Birmingham 3 step approach, a simple and practical aid implemented to help clinical decision-making with atrial fibrillation, streamlining primary and secondary care management for improving stroke prevention efforts
  • MidTECH Award for Best NHS Invention or Innovation - University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, for the NHS Live Waiting Times app, which enables patients and families to choose the location for the speediest appropriate medical care via an app showing waiting times for nearby urgent care sites
  • Patient Safety Award - Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, for the Paediatric Hydration and Nutrition Care Bundle, containing what is believed to be the UK’s first paediatric hydration risk assessment
  • Supporting Self Care Innovation Award - Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Kidney Research UK, for ACE – Acceptance, Choice and Empowerment, working together to engage with newly diagnosed kidney failure patients to support acceptance of their medical condition and empowering them to make choices to improve their outcomes and quality of life
  • Social Enterprise Award - PSIAMS Systems Ltd, for their collaborative approach to healthcare across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, allowing the sector to scale and present solutions to divert and reduce the pressure of health services
  • Medicines Optimisation Award - University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, for the Royal Stoke multiple sclerosis service redesign, which ensures patients get the right choice of medicine, at the right time, in a safe environment
  • Mental Health Innovation Award - Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, for RAIDPlus, particularly the CADDI (Capacity and Demand Dashboard Information) internet-based dashboard, which provides ‘live’ patient flow information, allowing for more informed decisions on staff deployment and referrals across the Mental Health Urgent Care Pathway
  • Industry Collaboration Award - Sense.ly, for Ask NHS, where virtual nurse Olivia, delivered through a mobile app, guides and educates a patient through the NHS
  • Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award - Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, for the development of “non-invasive” prenatal diagnosis for rare diseases, replacing invasive sampling, which carries a risk of miscarriage.

In addition, CitizenAID lifted a special WMAHSN Award, for their free app to help the public react effectively in the event of a shooting, stabbing or bombing.

Dr Christopher Parker, Managing Director of WMAHSN, said: “It was so challenging to pick out the winners from such a strong field. Every judge was in agreement that all the submissions showed an astonishing breadth of scope or approaches that were truly innovative and able to transform patient care, provide solutions to significant challenges or break down barriers across our region. It was truly inspiring to be involved in judging the entries.”