The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is now celebrating its fifteenth 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 2018 are:


Development of an Innovative Device or Technology

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 of the Year

Sponsored by Newcastle University

This award provides the opportunity for individuals and teams to receive recognition for their work, and provides a platform for sharing good practice and ultimately contributing towards the provision of high quality services for patients.


Research Impact: Improving Patient Care

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

This award will be presented to the delivery team of an NIHR Portfolio research study that has demonstrated the greatest direct impact upon services or healthcare across the North East and North Cumbria region.


Service Improvement

This category is to showcase service improvements including (but not limited to) pathway redesign, a training course, redesign of a service, a public health campaign, or incorporation of a new technology into a service, and cost-saving programmes associated with adoption of innovation.


Demonstrating an Impact upon Patient Safety

This award aims to provide recognition for innovations and quality improvements that demonstrate a strong safety culture, improving quality and reducing avoidable harm.

Details & Closing Dates

Entries into the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2018 are now closed. To see our 2018 finalists go to our finalists page.

Winners will be announced at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards ceremony, held on Thursday 29th November at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel.

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