A West Midlands-wide organisation, which brings together the whole healthcare sector to improve patient outcomes and generate wealth across the regional economy, is celebrating after one of its services gained gold level accreditation from the country's foremost team for the promotion of innovation in the workplace.
Last year, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) gained silver level accreditation from ideasUK for its Innovation and Adoption Service. The service offers a suite of practical advice, support and tools to support healthcare providers and commissioners, academics and businesses with innovative approaches to improving patient care. 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, a pioneering interactive platform for anyone to share their expertise and ideas, build networks and make contact with like-minded people.
Now the service has received gold 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: “For more than a decade, the ideasUK Accreditation Programme has been 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 of key areas is carried out and guidance is given on where to focus improvement efforts.
“I am delighted to say that in 2017, the Innovation and Adoption Service has significantly developed over the previous year, which has resulted in gold level accreditation. The gold accreditation ultimately provides our members with assurance that the service is considered among the best ideas schemes across the UK.”
Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager at WMAHSN, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our Innovation and Adoption Service gained gold accreditation from ideasUK, improving on the high standard set last year.
“We have been provided with the evaluation report with a clear indication of the service's strong points, especially finance and regulation, process, communications and publicity and continuous improvement. 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 platinum accreditation at the next review.”