Bright Ideas in Health Awards Winners & Finalists 2017

Innovative Technology or Device

Winner: Laboratory Sample Storage

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)

Service Improvement

Winner: MOSAIC Honeycomb Seamless Care Model

Allergy is now considered a modern epidemic with around 20% of the population suffering from hay fever and around 10% of the population suffering from asthma. Despite this however, there is a lack of training in allergies in medical school undergraduate programmes, and subsequently a lack of training in Primary and Secondary Care. In response to this, the Department of Health set up regional allergy centres nationwide, for which The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was nominated as a Centre of Excellence. Facilities are provided for the diagnosis of complex cases and training in allergy is provided for specialist trainees, GPs, nurses, schools and allied health, to provide a truly seamless care model.

The Innovators...

Dr. Louise Michaelis, Consultant Paediatrician in Immunology and Allergy

Dr. Gillian Vance, Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy
James Gardner, Nurse Consultant in Paediatric Allergy
Anne McDonnell and Julie Pentland, Allergy Nurse Specialists
James Callaghan, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dr. Mike McKean, Clinical Director
Jane Melvin, Directorate Manager and Jo Fell, Deputy
Directorate Manager
Great North Children’s Hospital, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Sachin Mannikar, Consultant Paediatrician
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

Jonathan McCutcheon, Manager
Dr. Paul Netts and Dr. Sian Williams, General Practitioner Specialists in Paediatric Allergy
Benfield Park Medical Group

Helen Byworth, Assistant Director of Contracting and Performance
Royal Victoria Infirmary

Runner up: Rib Attack Enhanced Recovery Pathway

Chest wall injuries are associated with significant morbidity and mortality, often going undiagnosed. All hospitals are observing an increase in the number of older patients with severe chest trauma resulting from simple falls, and this will increase even further as a result of the demographic changes in the population. Moreover a third of patients suffering from chest wall injuries will experience significant respiratory compromise and infection. The team at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust have developed a new technique for administering pain relief in patients admitted to wards with rib or sternal fractures who are unable to breathe comfortably or cope with conventional analgesia. The technique has been in operation for the last eight months and it is proving to be very successful, now being identified as standard practice within the Trust.

The Innovators…

Dr. Baskar Manickam and Dr. Jambulingam, Consultant Anaesthetists
Susie Cairney, Acute Pain Sister
Annona Laverick, Acute Pain Nurse
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Duncan Lee Hamilton, Consultant Anaesthetist, James Cook University Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Durham

Runner up: Pathway of Care

Older people living with frailty can have complex needs that can be challenging to address. Accordingly, the recognition and appropriate management of those living with frailty in care homes carries a risk of unmet health needs. Understanding this, as a Care Home Vanguard Programme, Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group realised the importance of clinical engagement in order to positively influence care delivery through the development of robust care pathways. They have developed a solid team, known as the Pathway of Care (PoC) Team, who strive to make a difference to the lives of older people living in care homes, adopting the mantra ‘get it right for older people and you can get it right for everyone’.

The Innovators...

Lesley Bainbridge, Lead Nurse Care Home Vanguard Programme
NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

In collaboration with:
The Pathway of Care Team, Newcastle Gateshead CCG’s clinical engagement forum where staff significantly experienced in the care of older people come together and make a positive difference to the lives of older people and their families; right across the spectrum of need and care.

Primary and Community Care

Winner: GP Direct Booking Via NHS111

A pilot has been established by the North East Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard in conjunction with North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to implement direct GP booking in the North East region, and this was part of a wider Programme of work with GPs to improve the integration of Primary Care with urgent care provision. The pilot facilitated the process of electronic booking of GP appointments via NHS 111 directly into the diary of the registered GP of the patient, without the requirement for any follow up calls, providing a streamlined and positive patient journey. The Trust are now developing the service to further improve engagement with GPs and stakeholders, to drive the service forward and continue to benefit patient care.

The Innovators…

Lee Henderson, Relationship Manager
Mark Hunter, Section Manager
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Diane Nielsen, Programme Manager
North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network

Nicola Murray, IT Training Lead
North of England Commissioning Support

EMIS Health and Black Pear Software

Runner up: No More 'People in Suits'

The team at NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group has consulted with older people who have indicated that they can feel dissatisfied when ‘people in suits’ tell them what they should or should not be doing in terms of their health. In response to this, the team have worked in conjunction with the North of England Mental Health Development Unit (NEMHDU) to develop a self-care Programme that supports older people with better understanding how to access support services and then sharing the information with other older people. The Programme aims to help older people to improve their own health and wellbeing, as well as helping them to gain the skills and confidence to connect to their community to enable them to share information with their own networks.

The Innovators...

Caroline Kavanagh, Programme Manager
Lindsay Pearson, PPI and Public Engagement Lead,
NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

Paul Johnson, Director
North of England Mental Health Development Unit (NEMHDU)

Marilyn Young, Lynne Davison, John Ruffley and Pat Frazer, Volunteers

In collaboration with:
Age UK Gateshead

Runner up: Introduction of School-Based Diabetes Clinic

Living with diabetes during adolescence can be difficult, with peer pressure and risk taking resulting in it being a vulnerable time in the life of the patient. High DNA rates at diabetes clinics are a problem, and this can significantly negatively impact upon the health of the young person. The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have carried out a pilot programme to look at taking diabetes clinics to the patients themselves, working with school leaders to set up a safe and confidential space to see the patients during school time. Attending clinic in this way means that the young people can more easily express their real feelings about diabetes, and they can be more actively involved in the management of their condition.

The Innovators...

Yolanda Alins Sahun, Paediatrician
Kerry Camara, Paediatric Specialist Nurse and Educator
Dr. Jason Gane, Consultant Paediatrician
Dr. Daniel Schenck, Consultant Paediatrician and Lead for
Paediatric Diabetes
Dr. Yincent Tse, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and Lead for Quality Improvement
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Winner: Reducing Patient Harm Associated with Acute Kidney Injury

Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a syndrome of abrupt kidney dysfunction that commonly complicates acute illness and independently worsens patient outcomes. AKI is considered a Patient Safety Thermometer, since its presence usually indicates that a patient’s condition is deteriorating. This is common in unwell surgical patients, and yet avoidable patient harm associated with AKI is often under-recognised by surgical teams across the country. South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have developed a sustainable “AKI Aware” Programme across the organisation, with the aim of limiting patient safety risks associated with AKI on surgical units. The Programme involves an inclusive approach, utilising the delivery of workshops to promote the uptake and correct use of the AKI guidelines.

The Innovators…

Dr. Jonathan Murray, Renal Consultant
Clare Allinson, Renal Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Ruth James, Director of Quality
Mr Tony Roberts, Deputy Director (Clinical Effectiveness)
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Mark Ratnarajah, Managing Director (UK)
CRAB Clinical Informatics Limited

Runner up: Dialogue and Action in Acute Childhood Illness

Patient safety requires an honest and open dialogue, but this can be extremely difficult in situations where the focus is an acutely ill child, in view of the increased anxiety of healthcare professionals, parents, and the patient themselves. In response to this, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have created the RESILIENCE Programme (Recognition rEsponse and Structure, achieving heaLthy children in thE North Cumbrian communitiEs), which is a platform spanning organisations and parents in the North East and North Cumbria region, to improve the recognition and management of serious childhood illness, such as paediatric sepsis and asthma. This facilitates everyone being able to contribute their view, removing those barriers which would ordinarily get in the way of caring for the sick child.

The Innovators...

Dr. Rachel Agbeko, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care
Great North Children’s Hospital, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust

In collaboration with:
Kerry Dockerty, Caroline Wild and Kathleen Burn,
Vocare, NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, Newcastle University, Sunderland Royal Hospital, James Cook University Hospital, Clarity Informatics, North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS), North East Children’s Transport And Retrieval (NECTAR), Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, Darlington Memorial Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham, University Hospital of North Tees, South Tyneside District Hospital,
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Runner up: Mental Health Pathways

The team at North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust identified that a specific pathway for patients suffering from mental ill health can result in the patient being advised to attend their local A and E department for mental health crisis assessment, whereupon they wait and usually self-discharge without undergoing an assessment. In response to this, the team have facilitated the streamlining of access for patients to mental health services and the support of local Emergency Departments with the management of their demand pressures. This was achieved by triaging the call from the patient and passing the call seamlessly to a single point of access in the Mental Health Trust who can then transfer the patient to the appropriate team without necessitating a visit to A and E. This brings the mental health professional closer to the patient at the point of the NHS 111 telephone call, ultimately improving the patient experience.

The Innovators...

Maureen Gordon, Head of Patient Safety
Alison Kimber, Clinical Services Manager
Gillian Mac Arthur, Emergency Operations Centre Manager
Gillian Meddis, Clinical Nurse Advisor
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

In collaboration with:
Fiona Kilburn, Clinical Services Manager, Crisis Teams
Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Debbie Wright, Clinical Services Manager, Crisis Teams
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Mental NHS Foundation Trust

Outstanding Industry Collaboration with the NHS

Winner: Improved Test for Bladder Cancer

Each year in Europe, there are over 150,000 bladder cancer diagnoses, around 10,000 of which are in the UK alone. With the highest lifetime treatment costs per patient of all cancers, the high incidence of bladder cancer and a recurrence rate of 65% in the first two years, places an enormous burden upon healthcare systems across Europe.

Cytoscopy, a costly surgical technique, is currently considered to be the gold-standard diagnostic tool for bladder cancer. Despite this, up to 30% of cancers are missed at the initial cystoscopy stage, and the technique is very uncomfortable for the patient, with a high risk of infection. The team at Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group have developed a test for bladder cancer diagnosis which is accurate and simple to execute, without subjecting the patient to the discomfort of an invasive test.

The Innovators...

Nadia Whittley, CEO
Arquer Diagnostics Ltd.

Stuart McCracken, Consultant Urologist and Sue Asterling, Urology Nurse Sunderland Royal Hospital

Jo Cresswell, Consultant Urologist, Dawn Watson and Claire Proctor, Urology Research Nurses
James Cook University Hospital

Mr. Jaswant Mom, Consultant Urologist,
Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital

Grace Fryer, Research Practitioner
Cumberland Infirmary

Hannah Crowther, Research Practitioner and team
West Cumberland Hospital

Mr Tim Dudderidge, Consultant Urological Surgeon
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Ghulam Nabi, Consultant and Senior Clinical Lecturer in
Surgical Uro-oncology

Ninewells Hospital, NHS Tayside

Mr. David Hrouda, Consultant Urologist
Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Runner up: Central Venous Line Fall-Out Prevention in Renal Patients

Approximately 12,500 adult haemodialysis patients in the UK are fitted with a central venous catheter (CVC), but accidental line fall out occurs in around 20% of these patients at an average cost to the NHS of £3,000 for every incidence. Led by City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, a collaboration between patients, The National Institute of Health Research Clinical Research Network: North East and North Cumbria (NIHR CRN NENC), MedConnecT North, NIHR Devices for Dignity HTC, TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health), and Tookie Limited, has resulted in the development of a solution to prevent CVC fall out, which discretely and comfortably maintains the CVC safely in place whilst ensuring that the patient can lead a life more normal. The patient’s quality of life is improved, and the mechanisms which enable the efficient delivery of their treatment are made more efficient.

The Innovators...

Stephen Tooke, Commercial Director
David Axon, CEO
Tookie Ltd

Dr. Saeed Ahmed, Consultant Interventional Nephrologist
Dr. Rachel Davison, Consultant in Renal Medicine
Debbie Sweeney, Vascular Access Specialist Nurse
Paul Corrigan, Research Nurse
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Mark Taylor, MedCoNecTNorth
NIHR Clinical Research Network, North East and North Cumbria

Runner up: Structured Digital Prescriptions for Orthotics

Prescribing custom orthotics is a complex procedure and one that to date has been carried out using traditional pen and paper. This approach can lead to incorrect prescriptions, or prescriptions that are missing vital data. These errors and omissions lead to delays in treatment as well as increasing costs as a result of the processing of corrections. The team at Peacocks has developed an innovative piece of software which results in accurate repeatability, improved patient experience, cost savings, and a reduction in errors.

The Innovators…

David Stevens, Managing Director
Mark Turner, Commercial Director
Peter Fullarton, Head of Information Technology
Cameron Hall, Orthotic Clinical Lead
Peacocks Medical Group

Research Delivery Impact

Winner: National Renal Complement Therapeutics Centre

Atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (aHUS) is an inherited kidney disease, for which until recently there was no cure. The disease often results in end stage kidney failure and patients can face a lifetime of dialysis as a result, with a kidney transplant not being an option since the disease would typically recur in the new kidney. A collaborative team formed by scientists at Newcastle University and clinicians at the Freeman Hospital Renal Unit, undertook ground breaking genetic research which has ultimately resulted in the development of a treatment which prevents the patients from being confined to a lifetime on dialysis, effectively revolutionising patient care. Patients have always been a critical part of this research, and their time and donation of blood samples has allowed the team to successfully define the basis of the disease.

The Innovators...

Jalibani Ndebele, National aHUS Service Manager
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor David Kavanagh, Professor of Complement Therapeutics, Honorary Consultant Nephrologist
Professor Neil Sheerin, Professor of Nephrology
Dr. Sally Johnson, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist
Edwin Wong, Consultant Nephrologist
Angela Watt and Jo Stout, Specialist Nurses
Helen Nicholl, Senior Medical Secretary
National Renal Complement Centre

In collaboration with:
Newcastle University, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Renal and Paediatrics Directorate and Northern Genetics Service

Runner up: Limbal Stem Cell Therapy

It is a well-known fact that visual loss is universally feared, with concerns of losing sight being almost double that of contracting heart disease (63% vs 37% of those between the ages of 50 and 64). The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye and its clarity is vital for the transmission of light to the back of the eye, enabling visual perception. Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency (LSCD) is a clinical entity which causes chronic inflammation, scarring, persistent epithelial defects and neovascularisation of the cornea, and ultimately it is painful and causes blindness, with patients requiring long term follow up for intensive treatment. A novel approach to the treatment of LSCD has been developed by The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in conjunction with Newcastle University, which can successfully reverse LCSD in the treated eye, to significantly and positively impact upon the quality of life of the patient.

The Innovators...

Professor Francisco C Figueiredo, MD, PhD, FRCOphth,
Professor of Ophthalmology
Newcastle University and The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Majlinda Lako, PhD, Professor of Stem Cell Sciences, Institute of Genetic Medicine
International Centre for Life, Newcastle University

Professor Anne Dickinson, PhD, Professor of Marrow Transplant Biology, Haematological Sciences and Director
Newcastle Cellular Therapies Facilities, Newcastle University

Russell Watkins, Assistant Director Business Innovation and Improvement
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. Finn Willingham, Newcastle Therapeutics Project Manager
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University

NHS Blood and Transplant, Bristol University, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, Flinders University, Australia

Runner up: Delivery of Research Awareness to Service Users, Carers and Staff

Publicising and promoting research to staff within the Trust and keeping them informed about how they can get involved, has always been an important aspect of the work being carried out by the R and D Team at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. However, it was recognised that there is a gap in the delivery of this information, in that service users and carers were not being provided with the same opportunities to engage in research when compared with staff, since they do not normally receive the same bespoke presentations at clinical meetings or receive updates via the staff bulletin. In response to this, the team developed a research awareness course, which informs service users and carers regarding the reasons for research and the different types of research being carried out, highlighting opportunities for involvement.

The Innovators…

Laura Jackson, Patient and Public Involvement Volunteer
Jess Williams, Recovery Expert by Experience
Sarah Daniel, Research Manager
Jacqueline Harvey, Research Secretary
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

In collaboration with:
Joanne King, Operations Manager, Arch Recovery College

Most Innovative NHS Education Provider

Winner: Falls Prevention Training

Falls-related injuries can particularly affect the frail elderly, with 30% of people aged 65 and older, and 50% of people aged 80 and older, falling at least once a year. Falls have an extremely negative effect upon quality of life, causing distress, pain, loss of confidence, loss of independence, and even mortality. Moreover, falls are estimated to cost the NHS nationally more than £2.3 billion per year. The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust have delivered the Falls Initial Response Skills Training (FIRST) Programme to 414 staff from 115 care homes in the North East, with the aim of improving the experience of older people in care homes who have had a fall. The Programme was designed to improve skills and confidence in staff, and ensure that older people receive the best possible care.

The Innovators...

Elaine McDonald, Head of Workforce Development, Strategy & Transformation & OD Directorate
Alan Jobson, Training Development Officer
Paul Huddleston, Lead Trainer
John Mole, Key Account Manager
Anthony Brockbank, Commercial Trainer Officer
Malcolm Leech and Andrew Taylor, Commercial Training Officers
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust



Runner up: North Tees and Hartlepool Education Alliance

The majority of care home residents are living with complex co-morbidities and as these residents become older, their healthcare needs inevitably increase. There are an increasing number of hospital admissions from care homes for conditions such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, respiratory infections, femur fractures, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure, which places additional pressure upon Secondary Care that could potentially be alleviated by earlier identification and intervention. Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group have implemented a collaborative combined education Programme involving four organisations, which empowers staff to make confident and informed decisions around the care of residents, resulting in a reduction of avoidable admissions into hospital, and enhancing the experience of the residents.

The Innovators...

Sarah Hodgson, Education Delivery Lead
Karen Hampshire, Clinical Education
Andy Cotton, Education Administration Support Officer
Lynn Morgan, Senior Clinical Matron
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Paula Swindale, Head of Commissioning & Strategy
Dr. Helen Murray, Clinical Lead
NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group 

Paul Whittingham, Commissioning Manager
Judith McGuinness, Senior Communication Officer
Gabby Caswell, Senior Commissioning Support Officer
North of England Commissioning Support

Catherine Buller, Debbie Clarkson, and Janine Ruston-Taylor, Falls Assessment Co-ordinators
Sue Reay, Transformation Team
Rob Papworth, Strategic Development Manager, Adult Services
Stockton on Tees Borough Council

Lindsey Thornhill, Nurse Practitioner
Amanda Arnold, Education Facilitator
Alice House Hospice

Emma Thompson, Service Manager
Matt Dawkin, Higher Assistant Psychologist
Laura Catermole and Neil Petty, Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Kellyann Facchini and Julia Taylor, Community Psychiatric Nurse
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Jeanette Willis, Head of Strategic Commissioning
Jill Harrison, Assistant Director, Adult Services
Jacqui Tucker, Commissioning & Contracts Manager
Hartlepool Borough Council

Runner up: Evaluation of Training in Obsetric Emergencies – ‘SimMom®

Multidisciplinary teams in all obstetric units may have to deal with rare but potentially life-threatening emergencies, which may place the mother and the fetus at serious risk. These can include major bleeding, profound collapse, significantly high blood pressure, failed intubation during anaesthesia, and difficulties with the birth itself. The relative rarity of these events means that developing the appropriate skills to manage these emergencies can be difficult for both teams and individuals. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust have developed, in conjunction with The University of Sunderland, an innovative, multi-disciplinary team training Programme focussing upon the management of acute obstetric emergencies, concentrating on developing skills relating to human factors as well as other non-technical skills.

The Innovators…

Representing the South of Tyne SimMom® Maternity
Training Collaborative:

Mr Kim Hinshaw, Consultant Obstetrician and Director of
Research and Innovation

Denise Mace, Senior Midwifery Lead (Multi-professional training)
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Alison Rutherford, Technical Support Team Manager (Healthcare)
Michael Collins, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Skills
University of Sunderland

Bright Ideas in Health Awards Winners & Finalists 2016

Innovative Technology or Device

Innovative Technology or Device



Improved IVF Procedure Egg Collection

Professor Alison Murdoch

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Service Improvement

Service Improvement 2016



Recovery Focussed Care Transfer (ReFleCT)

Dr. Coleen Mercer-Quinn

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation in Primary Care

Innovarion in Primary Care 2016



Social Prescribing for Long-Term Conditions, Embedded in Primary Care

Tara Case

Ways to Wellness

SME Innovation in Healthcare

SME Innovation in Healthcare Category 2016 (sponsored by Onyx Health) 2016



‘Pelviva’ device designed to re-educate weak pelvic floor muscles for treatment of urinary incontinence in women


Patient and Public Involvement

Patient and Public Involvement Category 2016 (sponsored by the Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria)



Practice Champions

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

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