The WMAHSN is celebrating after its Innovation and Adoption Service gained accreditation from the country's foremost team for the promotion of innovation in the workplace.
WMAHSN’s Innovation and Adoption Service offers a suite of practical advice, support and readymade innovation tools to support providers, commissioners and researchers in innovative approaches to healthcare commissioning, procurement and delivery. These include an Industry Innovation Gateway, membership of MidTECH, the technology transfer office for the NHS in the West Midlands and the Meridian online innovation exchange.
Now the service has received silver accreditation following independent validation from ideasUK, which works with organisations worldwide, promoting employee suggestion schemes to harness the power of innovative ideas.
The ideasUK accreditation is an external assessment which focuses on key areas, including finance and regulation, programme rules and process, organisation, communication and publicity, rewards and recognition, performance, continuous improvement and development, training and management information.
Zena Cox, Operations Director at ideasUK, said: “The ideasUK Accreditation programme is a way for organisations to give both internal and external prominence to their employee innovation. Each year, those organisations which apply have their employee innovation programmes subjected to an external assessment by ideasUK. A review on key areas is carried out and guidance is given on where to focus improvement efforts.
“The silver accreditation of the WMAHSN Innovation and Adoption Service ultimately provides our members with assurance that the service is high quality and fulfils its intended purpose.”
Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager at WMAHSN, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the Innovation and Adoption Service gained silver accreditation from ideasUK, as it shows us that it is considered among the best ideas schemes across the UK.
“We have been provided with the evaluation report with a clear indication of the service's strong points, such as the service being completely open to everyone, from NHS staff to industry to patients, with all ideas treated equally. This provides us with a platform to develop the service, including Meridian, with the view to it being adopted by more organisations throughout the West Midlands and beyond.
“The accreditation aims to act as an annual review and while it’s a great opportunity to validate and market the service, it’s actually the potential development areas highlighted in the report where the real benefit is to be found. We’re hoping that by building on the strengths of the service and implementing these suggestions, we will gain gold accreditation at the next review.”