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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.