The WMAHSN's annual Celebration of Innovation Awards will be formally launched today (15 February) at the Meridian LIVE event.
Following on from the success of last year's awards - which saw more than 80 entries flood in from across the West Midlands - this year, there will be even more categories, celebrating innovation in healthcare across the region.
The awards will be presented at a glitzy ceremony at the WMAHSN's annual stakeholder event in the summer, and reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth, as well as the organisation's key priorities and themes. There are also special awards for innovative individuals or teams and innovative organisations. The categories are:
- Economic Impact Award, which will recognise those who have created significant economic gain by delivering activity against the economic growth plan
- Excellence in Wellness and Prevention of Illness, recognising excellence in technology and services targeted to encourage well-being and prevention of illness of long term conditions in the older citizen
- Innovative Organisation Award, which will reward those organisations who have truly nurtured an innovation culture and where good ideas are quickly identified and spread within and beyond the boundaries of the organisation
- Innovator/Innovative Team of the Year Award, saluting those whose game-changing discoveries, research or inventions are driving healthcare innovation forward within the West Midlands
- MidTECH Award for Best NHS Invention or Innovation, highlighting the best new inventions and novel innovations coming from within the NHS in the region which have been designed to solve a problem or meet a need and have commercial potential. This award has a cash prize to help advance the innovation. The prize pot is £10,000, split between two to three entries depending on the quality of the innovation, with £5000 being the maximum one project can receive
- Patient Safety Award, for those innovations that demonstrate a strong safety culture that continually reduces avoidable harm
- Supporting Self Care Innovation Award, which will be awarded for the valid evidence of the successful wide scale adoption of an innovation focused on generating good clinical and patient-centred outcomes of people with at least one long term condition taking more responsibility for their health and/or social care
- Social Enterprise Award, presented to social businesses where they can be shown to have developed innovative solutions to key issues within the health and social care sector
- Medicines Optimisation Award, which rewards the impact on information sharing via the many communication channels opening, using novel service delivery or using innovation to highlight patients at need can be utilised to deliver the Medicines Optimisation mandate
- Mental Health Innovation Award, given to individuals or organisations whose innovation has made a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people in the West Midlands
- Industry Collaboration Award, acknowledging the development of a collaboration with industry which addresses significant needs and has or will have a major impact on and benefit for patient care, including reduction in treatment time and cost savings
- Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award, which acknowledges advances and innovative solutions in the use of advanced diagnostics and genomics to precisely target treatments for individuals and groups of patients.
You can take a look at the full list of awards criteria here, as well as the application forms for individuals and organisations (to apply for the Innovative Organisation and the Innovator/Innovative Team of the Year Awards) and for innovations (to apply for the other categories).
A panel of experts will assess the entries, with shortlisted entries invited to attend the ceremony. As well as a trophy, winners will receive promotion of their win through print and digital channels, support from WMAHSN communications team to raise their profile, mentoring and support to adopt the innovation across the region and a winner’s logo for email signatures and websites.
Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager at WMAHSN, said: "We were absolutely delighted with the response to our first ever Celebration of Innovation Awards last year, and this year's awards promise to be bigger and better, with more even categories.
"As an AHSN, we work with innovators from across the healthcare sector, whether industry, NHS, academia, social enterprise or the third sector. These awards will acknowledge the hard work going on throughout the West Midlands across the gamut of life sciences, and reward contributions towards our overall aim of accelerating the adoption of innovation to generate continuous improvement in the region’s health and wealth.
"We are looking for entries across all the 12 categories with proof of a collaborative approach to identifying the problem and developing the innovation, and clear evidence that the innovation has been implemented effectively. Importantly, the nominations will have to show evidence of the impact of the innovation on patient outcomes and value for money, and need to be demonstrably scalable, whether across the UK, Europe or even internationally."
The closing date for all entries is 12 noon on 5 May. If you have any queries, please contact Tammy on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 371 8061.