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Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2014

The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is a competition organised by NHS Innovations North which is a service delivered by RTC North Limited on behalf of the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, inviting entries from all NHS and Clinical Commissioning Group staff who have a bright idea in the North East Region.

Now in its twelfth year the Awards celebrate the achievements of NHS employees throughout all sectors of the service in the North East who have risen to the challenge of telling us how, and where, they believe that improvements to the service provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery. 

There will be four categories this year:

* Service Improvement
* Innovative Technology or Device
* Innovative Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
* Innovative Healthcare Small to medium Sized Company (SME)


The 2015 Awards will open at the end of October 2014.


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Winner of the 2014 Bright Ideas in Health Awards are listed below...


Innovative Technology or Device

1st Place
The Bright Idea...
Nebuliser Mask Regulator

Currently available Venturi masks require the correct oxygen flow rate to be set for any given mask. This is necessary as the valve within the mask is only set to give predictable gas delivery for a set flow rate. Current masks have the flow rate branded onto the mask; however this is often difficult to read.  If the flow rate is not set correctly then the patient will receive incorrect oxygen concentrations. The nebuliser mask regulator is a device which makes it easy for clinicians to ensure that the patient is receiving the correct oxygen flow rates.

The Innovators
David Bramley, Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Andrew Turner, Lean Innovator
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


2nd Place

The Bright Idea...
Spinal Imaging Aid

Current practice for nurses assisting radiographers dealing with scoliotic patients is for them to have their hands enclosed in lead gauntlets to enable them to assist the radiographers with imaging of the spine. The Spinal Imaging Aid conforms to infection control criteria and also removes the nurses hands from the area in question, thereby avoiding the exposure of the nurse to the potentially harmful radiation.

The Innovators...

Mark Paterson, Christina Mackay
and Suzanne Doney
Diagnostic Radiographers
Simon Richardson, Senior Clinical Technologist
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


3rd Place

The Bright Idea...
Community Nursing Kitbag

After holding a series of idea generating workshops, it was identified that there is no standard set of equipment for nursing staff in community services. Using staff feedback, the ideal bag contents were identified and with the help of a local manufacturer, a specialized kitbag was designed, prototyped, piloted and then rolled out across the Trust.  The bag has infection control principles at its heart, being easy to keep clean and discouraging over stocking.

The Innovator...

Steven Yull, Community Clinical Educator
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust


Highly Commended

The Bright Idea ...
Nebuliser Mount

In paediatric outpatient departments, nebulisers are regularly used to administer antibiotics and mucolytics to children with cystic fibrosis. When using the nebulisers, the children are required to hold them to their mouth, breathing in the vapour until all of the medication has been inhaled. The nature of the nebuliser means that it can become uncomfortable for the patient to hold it in the correct position for the required amount of time.

The Nebuliser Mount is a device which makes it both easier and more comfortable for the patient to hold the nebuliser in the correct orientation for the required length of time.

The Innovators...
Charlotte Kemp, Principal Clinical Scientist
Pat Cole, Paediatric Physiotherapist
Tony Alton and Ian Boddy, Clinical Technologists
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Service Improvement


1st place

The Bright Idea...
Using Digital Health to Monitor Patients Prescribed Oral Nutritional Supplements
Research has shown that undernutrition costs lives and money. Undernutrition can be treated with oral nutrition support through the prescribing of oral nutritional supplements. However, there are concerns that these can sometimes be prescribed inappropriately as a result of limited monitoring of patient compliance. To overcome this, a Health Call Undernutrition Service has been established using automated telephone technology to monitor patients identified as being at risk of under nutrition.

The Innovators…
Catherine McShane, Specialist Dietitian 
Rachael Masters, Highly Specialist Dietitian
Jeannie Hardy, Project Manager, Telehealth
Ian Dove, Facilitator with Transformation Team
Richard Quinne, Product Director,InHealthcare.
County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


2nd Place

The Bright Idea...
Specialised Macular Treatments in the Community
There has been a leap into an era of vision improvement treatment regimens which prevent blindness, reduce the social burden and improve quality of life as a result of a recent revolutionary change in how retinal pathologies are managed.  This said, there are often difficulties in the administration of intraocular injection services given the distance some patients have to travel and as a result of the increased demand for such a service.

This idea aims to ultimately reduce patient episodes, alleviating staffing challenges and effectively utilising existing services within the community.

The Innovators...
Deepali Varma
Consultant Ophthalmologist
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust



3rd place
The Bright Idea…
Eating Disorders Intensive Community Treatment Service (EDICT)
The Eating Disorders Intensive Community Treatment Service has been established in response to patients having to attend an inpatient service at two different sub-regional generic inpatient adolescent units. This new initiative allows specialised intensive outpatient and home based treatment for children and young people suffering from severe eating disorders who meet the criteria for inpatient treatment, preventing patients from unnecessarily being admitted to hospital for treatment.

The Innovators...
Dr Sabia Chaudhry, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Jane Townsley, Senior Specialist Nurse Practitioner
Jane Loughridge, Senior Specialist Dietician
Louise Searle, Katie Turnbull, Claire Symons, Jodie Naylor and Rebecca Kennerley, Specialist Nurse Practitioners
Ann Robson, Secretary
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust


3rd place

The Bright Idea...
SPARED and ERA Antibiotic Campaign

Following the outcome of a number of routine antibiotic audits, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust became the pilot site for an antibiotic poster focusing upon the acronym SPARED, which aimed to prompt Samples, Policy, Allergy, Reason, End Date and Daily Review of antibiotics. The acronym is in the order in which issues should be considered whilst prescribing antibiotics, and the poster is a simple yet effective means for making a significant change within the Trust. Whilst working on SPARED, it was also considered appropriate to devise an associated campaign for nurses who can provide checks on the quality of antibiotic prescribing on drug charts when conducting medication rounds. Subsequently, ERA was derived which looks at End date, Reason and Allergy.

The Innovators...
Debbie Lockwood,Advanced Clinical
Pharmacist – Antimicrobials
Delia Bradley,Antimicrobial Medicines Management Technician
Claire Blood, Graphic Designer
Marie Lozman, e-Communications Officer
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Highly Commended

The Bright Idea...
Quality Improvement in Colonoscopy (QIC) Study
High quality colonoscopy plays a crucial role in the prevention of colorectal cancer (CRC). A high quality colonoscopy must consist of both a complete and thorough examination however, variations in quality continue to exist. The Quality Improvement in Colonoscopy (QIC) study is a programme that aims to improve the quality of colonoscopy, across the North East of England.

The Innovators...
Dr Praveen Rajasekhar and Professor
Colin Rees, Medical Doctors
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
working with the
Northern Region Endoscopy Group.




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