The West Midlands Academic Health Science Network has once again been awarded gold level accreditation by the country's foremost team for the promotion of innovation in the workplace.
This is the second year that the WMAHSN has received the accolade “Recognising Excellence in Ideas Management and Innovation” 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 – including the online Meridian platform.
The service was first awarded silver recognition 2016 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 explained: “The WMAHSN really use their platform to spread innovation throughout the NHS, collecting ideas to solve challenges, coordinating the regional SME innovation fund and sharing the benefits of those ideas through their ideas bank. In addition theirs is a true open source initiative, opening up challenges to the public, patients, NHS staff, universities and private industry to source the best innovations to meet the needs of their population.”
Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager at WMAHSN, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our Innovation and Adoption Service has once again gained gold accreditation from ideasUK.
“We see this accreditation as a review of our offer; not only to celebrate what has gone well but to look at areas we can build upon as we strive to take the programme to the next level.”
To find out more about the Innovation and Adoption Service visit WMAHSN’s online innovation exchange platform Meridian.