WMAHSN Celebration of Innovation Awards are now open!

Posted on 19 April 2016 (Permalink)

The WMAHSN has announced that entries for its very first awards, celebrating innovation in healthcare across the West Midlands, are now open. 

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the WMAHSN's annual stakeholder event in June, and reflect the WMAHSN's priorities and themes. There are also special awards for innovative individuals and organisations. The categories are: 

  • The Innovator of the Year Award recognises and rewards those whose game-changing discoveries, research or inventions are driving healthcare innovation forward within the West Midlands. 
  • The Innovative Organisation of the Year Award recognises and rewards 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.  
  • The Digital Health Innovation Award aims to recognise the most innovative and forward-thinking use of digital technologies in the healthcare industry. 
  • The Person-centred Care Innovation Award aims to recognise the most innovative solution that acknowledges the importance of patient-centred care and about the continuation and continuity of care across health and social care services.  
  • The Wealth Creation Innovation Award aims to recognise those who have created wealth by delivering improvements in health care across one or more of the WMAHSN priority programmes through industry collaboration and attracting inward investment. 
  • The Clinical Trials and Evaluation Award aims to recognise good quality clinical trials and evaluations that have addressed a clearly defined problem and that has addressed implementation at an early stage.
  • The Patient Safety Innovation Award aims to recognise those innovations that demonstrate a strong safety culture that continually reduces avoidable harm. 
  • The Education and Skills Innovation Award aims to recognise those who have looked to develop skills and knowledge among healthcare commissioners and deliverers, industry and patients and the wider population to develop and adopt innovation across the West Midlands.

A panel of experts will assess the entries, with shortlisted entries invited to attend the ceremony in June. As well as a handsome 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: "As an AHSN, we have experienced that innovators can come from industry, NHS, academia or third sector. Similarly, those buying and benefiting from innovations are from all sectors. These awards were developed to acknowledge the hard work going on throughout the West Midlands, and reward contributions towards our overall aim of accelerating the adoption of innovation to generate continuous improvement in the region’s health and wealth."

The closing date for all entries is 12 noon on Friday 27 May. However, if a high volume of entries is received this may close early. If you have any queries, please contact Tammy on tammy.holmes@wmahsn.org or call 0121 371 8061. 

A number of excellent value sponsorship packages, including award sponsorship, are now available, with discounts for those organisations with WMAHSN enhanced membership. For further information, contact Sarah Millard, Head of Communications and Engagement, on sarah.millard@wmahsn.org or call 0121 371 8058.