Laboratory Sample Storage

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and Gateshead Health Foundation Trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust alone receives around 10,000 samples for analysis per day into their pathology department, with the samples typically arriving in many different types of tubes. Processing these samples can be inefficient and time consuming. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, in conjunction with Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, have developed an Improved Laboratory Sample Storage System, which vastly improves the efficiency of the process and reduces costs.

The Innovators…

Andrew Turner, Lean Innovator
Charlotte Fox, Innovation Manager
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Chris Charlton, Pathology Service Manager
Tracey Chrystal, Pathology Quality & Service Improvement Manager
South of Tyne Clinical Pathology Services, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Runner up

Device for the Detection of Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a widespread and chronic condition that is associated with subsequent and more severe cardiovascular conditions. In the UK alone, PAD affects around 20% of people over the age of 60, and worldwide it affects around 250 million people. Early detection however, can facilitate preventative treatment. Current NICE guidance is to use the Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) Test for point of care diagnostics, but this can be difficult to perform and accordingly it is under-utilised in Primary Care. The PAD Detection Device, which was developed by Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is low cost, simple and easy to use, and allows for rapid detection of PAD in a Primary Care setting.

The Innovators...

Dr. John Allen, Lead Clinical Scientist
Tony McCormack, Business Development Manager
Professor Gerry Stansby, Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Dr. Andrew Sims, Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering
Dr. Tom Beale, Clinical Scientist
Jim Wightman, Research Scientist
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Scott Wilkes, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care
University of Sunderland

Dr. Shona Haining, Head of Research and Evidence
North of England Commissioning Support (NECS)

Jan Lecouturier, Senior Research Associate
Newcastle University

Professor Luke Vale, Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics
Newcastle University

Runner up

Care Home Digital Tablet –
Transforming Healthcare in Care Homes

The number of care home residents who are referred to A and E unnecessarily places a huge burden upon the NHS, and this can be worsened as a result of care home staff sometimes being unsure about the health issues of the residents and so calling 999 as a precautionary measure to deal with it. Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group have developed a Care Home Digital Tablet, which is a simple, cost effective, and easy to use tool that can be used by care home staff and residents, empowering the care homes to take better care of their residents and detect early deterioration, ensuring that the correct care is provided at the correct time.

The Innovators...

Rachael Forbister, TECS Programme Manager
Jeannie Henderson, Service Reform Manager
NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group

Jason Lewins, Support Officer
Tyne and Wear Care Alliance

In collaboration with:
Solcom Ltd, Tyne and Wear Care Alliance, Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Sunderland, Sunderland Care and Support, Care Home Representatives (The Croft, Dairy Lane Care Centre and Washington Grange)