Congratulations to our Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2018 Winners!

WINNER: Development of an Innovative Device or Technology Category

Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Test 

Late diagnoses of BBVs such as HIV and Hepatitis remain high in the UK despite national guidelines and other efforts to increase testing amongst those at risk of infection. Around 40% of new HIV diagnoses nationally, and over 50% in some parts of the North East region in particular, are diagnosed late, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. 

There is sometimes reluctance amongst GPs to offer BBV tests, due to misconceptions around the process of consent and a lack of appreciation of the risk factors of the patient. The team have developed a system that enables busy clinicians to make decisions regarding BBV testing in real time.

The Innovators:

Dr. David Chadwick, Consultant in Infectious Diseases,
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Gareth Forbes, General Practitioner, Leadgate Surgery, Consett

Prof Paul Van Schaik, Professor of Psychology, Teesside University

Lead Organisation: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

WINNERS: Service Improvement Category

First Prize: ReCoCo, The Recovery College Collective

Individuals with mental health difficulties can often feel like they are disconnected, and current mental health services can perpetuate this by being unable to bring people together, thereby preventing the individuals from empowering themselves and learning from others.

The Recovery College Collective have recognised that equipping people who have already suffered from distress, with the skills and the support to cathartically help others, is an effective, efficient and sustainable approach to increasing and maintaining wellbeing. The Collective delivers an entirely peer led alternative to traditional mental health services that puts opportunity and connection at its foundation, also offering free, peer led training to third sector and statutory organisations on the basis of equipping the wider mental health workforce with the skills, assurance and validation that enhances their practice.

The Innovators:

Angela Glascott, Recovery College Coordinator and Co-Creator ReCoCo and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS
Foundation Trust

Alisdair Cameron, Launchpad Coordinator and Recovery College Co-Creator, ReCoCo and Launchpad

Lead Organisation: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Second Prize: Changing Health, Transform Programme

3.6 million people in the UK have now been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and current trends indicate that this figure is only set to rise, with Diabetes UK estimating the number of Type 2 Diabetes diagnoses to reach five million by 2035-2036. 

Aside from the significant individual burden, Type 2 Diabetes represents the single largest cost to the NHS, consuming 10% of the total NHS budget. However, research indicates that Type 2 Diabetes is preventable and even reversible in most patients, if they make changes to their lifestyle. The Changing Health, Transform Programme empowers patients with Type 2 Diabetes to better manage their condition, providing them with an improved understanding of how their condition affects their health and, crucially, helps them to make a healthier diet and increased physical activity a permanent part of their everyday life. 

The Innovator:

Professor Mike Trenell, Chief Scientific Officer, Changing Health

Lead Organisation: An organisation commissioned by NHS Newcastle
Gateshead CCG

WINNER: Innovation Champion of the Year

The Pop-Up Hospital - Team from the Great North Children’s Hospital 

The Pop-Up Hospital was a recreated hospital ward forming part of the Great Exhibition of the North, which provided children and the general public with the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a patient at the Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH). It was designed by children and staff and allowed visitors to have a fun, educational experience, so that if they had to visit the GNCH in the future, it might be less frightening and more positive.

Children could take part in activities such as trying out crutches, dressing up as doctors, investigating a 3D virtual body, and even building their own airways from toilet rolls. The entire Pop-Up Hospital was set up and delivered without any extra funding, being based simply upon goodwill and belief, as well as the support and enthusiasm of staff at the GNCH and a team of forty volunteers, all of whom gave up their spare time to run it. 

The Innovators:

Julie Anderson, GNCH Research and Innovations Manager

Emma Lim, Paediatric Consultant

Sarah Dickson, Administrative Support

Nicola Metcalfe, Volunteer

Alison Haigh, Volunteer Services / Personal Touch Coordinator

Matt Briggs, Sunderland University Virtual Reality, Medical Illustrator

Lead Organisation: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

WINNER: Demonstrating an Impact on Patient Safety

Pressure Area Care - Spreading the Knowledge 

The tissue viability nursing team at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust were set the challenge of reducing the number of incidences of hospital acquired pressure sores by 50%, and in response to this, the team visited wards and provided education to staff. However, despite their efforts and an overall downward trend, the numbers were still variable. The tissue viability nursing team then joined forces with the Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) to take part in a ‘Rapid Process Improvement Workshop’ at West Cumberland Hospital, which involved the training of staff, as well as the development of a pressure care information sheet for visitors and a credit card-sized tool for relatives and staff. 

The tissue viability nurses, staff and patients have all worked together to spread ideas surrounding improved pressure care, both within the Trust and into the wider health and social care system in the North Cumbria region.

The Innovators:

Fiona Kelly, Laura Nunn, Lynsey Harper and Jane Leech, Tissue Viability Nurses, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust 

Lead Organisation: North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust 

WINNER: Research Impact: Improving Patient Care

Leading Collaborations to Deliver Practice-Changing Research 

Adenoma Detection Rate (ADR) is an important marker of high-quality colonoscopy, and low ADR correlates with higher post-colonoscopy colorectal cancer. South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust led a ground-breaking research collaboration aimed at developing world leading, practice-changing endoscopy research. 

Two trials were managed and delivered by the Trust and their academic partners North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health, and Newcastle University, and as a direct result, it was announced by NHS England that the Endocuff Vision, a single use disposable device designed to enhance colonoscopy developed by ARC Medical Design Limited, would be fast tracked for use in the NHS. The highly successful collaboration facilitated research delivery at unprecedented pace and scale, delivering two of the largest endoscopy randomised controlled trials seen in the literature internationally.

The Innovators:

Professor Colin Rees, Professor of Gastroenterology, Newcastle University and R&D Director, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Claire Livingstone, Research and Development Manager, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Clive Stokes, Trial Manager, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Martin Walls, Research Fellow, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Linda Sharp, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Newcastle University

Mark Hull, Professor of Molecular Gastroenterology, University
of Leeds

In collaboration with: ARC Medical and NWORTH, North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health

Lead Organisation: South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

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