Have you got what it takes to be an award-winning healthcare innovator?

Posted on 1 February 2018 (Permalink)

Nominations for the annual Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards are now open.

Last year more than 100 teams from healthcare, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector vied to take one of the coveted healthcare innovator awards organised by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).

The awards will be presented at a glitzy ceremony at the WMAHSN's annual stakeholder event in July, and reflect the WMAHSN's dual aim of improving health and creating wealth.

This year the categories are:

  • Supporting Self Care and Prevention of Illness Innovation Award recognising innovations that either give individuals greater choice and control on managing their own health or innovations targeted towards the prevention of illness;
  • MidTECH Award for Best NHS-Developed Medical Technology Innovation recognising the best new medical technology inventions and innovations - such as apps and software - coming from within the NHS in the region;
  • Digital or Artificial Intelligence Innovation of the Year Award recognising the most innovative and forward thinking use of digital technologies and artificial intelligence in the healthcare industry;
  • Mental Health Innovation Award recognising individuals or organisations whose innovation has made a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people in the West Midlands;
  • Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award acknowledging innovations in this field. This emerging approach to treatment and prevention takes into account each individual’s genes, environment or lifestyle;
  • Health Start Up of the Year Award for newly established companies in the healthcare sector that show a promising future. Applicants must have been trading no more than three years.

A panel of experts will assess the entries, with shortlisted entries invited to attend the ceremony in July. 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.

This year’s awards celebrate the Meridian Innovation Health Exchange, the WMAHSN’s pioneering interactive online exchange for anyone to share their innovations and ideas, build groups and networks and make contact with people whose innovations could change healthcare in the West Midlands. The platform helps the NHS showcase their innovations, allows industry, social enterprises and academic institutions to collaborate with the NHS and industry on innovation challenges, matching innovations to NHS challenges and helping industry and social enterprises to understand and address the NHS’s barriers to adopting innovations.

Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager at WMAHSN, said: "This will be our third Celebration of Innovation Awards and we’re looking forward to working with and recognising the amazing work and innovations that are out there.

"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 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 patient involvement, 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 Friday 20 April. If you have any queries, please contact Tammy on tammy.holmes@wmahsn.org or call 0121 371 8061.

Awards criteria, as well as the application forms, are available on the Meridian platform. Sign-up is required but access to Meridian – WMAHSN’s innovation exchange platform - is free and open to everyone.