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 The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is an annual competition organised by NHS Innovations North on behalf of the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria.

This year’s awards include two new categories: SME Innovation in Healthcare, sponsored by Onyx Health and the Patient and Public Involvement category, sponsored by the Clinical Research Network: North East and North Cumbria, which aims to shine the spotlight on those improving healthcare through clinical research and patient engagement.

Winning entries in the five categories are below;

Service Improvement Category

1st Place
CRESTA Fatigue Clinic
Professor Julia Newton
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2nd Place
Services for Children and Young People with Type 1 Diabetes
Liz Allan
NHS England

Innovative Technology or Device Category

1st Place
Migraine Therapy
Dr Jitka Vanderpol
Cumbria Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

2nd Place
Dementia Patients Undergoing X-Ray
Karen Ainsworth
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

CCG Innovation in Healthcare

1st Place
Improving Dementia Care in General Practice
Sheinaz Stansfield
Oxford Terrace and Rawling Road Medical Group

2nd Place
Community Pulmonary Embolism Pathway
Dr Rashpal Singh
South Tees CCG

SME Innovation in Healthcare

1st Place
Noctura 400

2nd Place
Podfo - using additive manufacturing for precision orthotics
Peacocks Medical Group

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

1st Place
The Durham Constipation Service
Professor Yan Yiannakou
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

2nd Place
Development of a Test for Amblyopia and Strabismus
Dr Kathleen Vancleef
Newcastle University

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