The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is now celebrating its sixteenth year. The Awards are organised by The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC).


The Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams working within the NHS, industry and academia, who have risen to the challenge of telling us how, and where, they believe that the services provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery.

Everyone can play a part in developing innovative solutions to the healthcare challenges that we face every day. The competition, depending upon the category, is open to all SMEs, NHS organisations and academic institutions in the North East of England and North Cumbria.

The Categories for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2019 are:


Development of an Innovative Device or Technology

Sponsored by The Centre for Process Innovation

This category relates to an idea for, or the development of, a new medical device, a new piece of equipment, or a diagnostic, by a member of staff within the NHS, either working independently, as part of a team with other NHS staff members, in collaboration with a company, or in collaboration with a University.


Innovation Champion Award

Sponsored by Newcastle University

This award recognises innovators or organisations who have gone above and beyond who have truly nurtured an innovation adoption culture where good ideas are quickly identified and spread within and beyond the boundaries of the organisation.


Outstanding Research Collaboration with the NHS

Sponsored by NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria and MedConNect North

This award recognises Med Tech Industry collaboration with the NHS that addresses significant unmet need(s). Applicants should demonstrate how the collaboration provides an innovative solution(s) which improves current standard of care, whilst demonstrating evidence generation, through research, in conjunction with the NHS and/or academia. Applicants should also showcase how the solution will have a positive impact on patients and NHS cost efficiencies.

Early diagnosis

Early Diagnosis and Precision Medicine Award

Sponsored by Diagnostics North East

This award acknowledges advances and innovative solutions in the use of technologies, care pathways and systems to precisely target treatments across diverse disease areas. This could include new and novel developments in the area or activities in support of the accelerating detection of disease challenge.

Digital innovation

Digital Innovation in Health and Social Care

Sponsored by Great North Care Record

This category recognises initiatives that have used technology and digital systems in a truly innovative and patient-focused way to improve healthcare provision. Entrants must be able to demonstrate the benefits of their initiatives in terms of improved health outcomes, patient experience or service effectiveness. Examples may include: Introducing technology to capture data that is accessible to all professionals and services involved in individual patients’ care; Using existing technology in new ways to increase its benefits; and Developing new ways of capturing data on patient outcomes or service effectiveness.


Demonstrating an Impact upon Patient Safety

The products and services considered in this category will have demonstrable and positive consequences for patient safety. Though not necessarily supported by evidence from the field the potential for reductions in harm, changes in process or treatment resulting in better safer care must be intrinsic to the design and application of the innovation. This can be anything from the development of a technology, system or process, training programme or patient led initiative.


Demonstrating an Impact upon Quality Improvement

This award aims to provide recognition for innovations and quality improvements that demonstrate a strong safety culture, improving quality and reducing avoidable harm. This can be anything from the development of a technology, system or process, training programme or patient led initiative. You will be able to provide evidence of understanding performance data and to acting on it – with the result that patients receive better, safer, more reliable care.


Innovation in Education

Sponsored by Health Education England North East

This award category is open to individuals, teams or organisations that provide innovative teaching and learning methods, including development of devices, platforms, solutions and initiatives that raise education quality and make it accessible for all.

Key Dates

Entries into the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2019 are now closed.

Finalists will be informed in October and invited to the awards ceremony.

Winners will be announced at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards ceremony, held on Thursday 14th November at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel.

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