The Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2017 is now in its fourteenth year. This year's awards are delivered by RTC North in partnership with the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria and the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams working within the NHS, industry and academia, who have risen to the challenge of telling us how, and where, they believe that improvements to the service provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery.

Everyone can play a part in developing innovative solutions to the healthcare challenges that we face every day. The competition, depending upon the category, is open to all NHS organisations, SMEs and academic institutions in the North East of England and North Cumbria.

Categories for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2017 are:


Innovative Technology or Device

This category relates to an idea for, or the development of, a new medical device, a new piece of equipment, or a diagnostic by a member of staff within the NHS either working independently, as part of a team with other NHS staff members, in collaboration with a company or in collaboration with a University.

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Service Improvement

This category is to showcase service improvements in NHS Trusts (in hospital) including (but not limited to) pathway redesign, a training course, redesign of a service, a public health campaign, or incorporation of a new technology into a service, and cost-saving programmes associated with adoption of innovation.

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Patient Safety & Quality Improvement

The patient safety innovation award aims to recognise those innovations and quality improvements that demonstrate a strong safety culture which improves quality and reduces avoidable harm.

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Outstanding Industry Collaboration with the NHS

This award recognises the development of collaboration with industry that addresses a significant need(s) and has or will have a major impact on and benefit for patient care compared to previous treatments – including reduction in treatment time, cost savings etc. Applicants should demonstrate how the collaboration provides an innovative solution(s) and how it has benefited patient care within the NHS.

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Primary and Community Care

Innovations which relate to improvements in primary and community care (out of hospital)  including (but not limited to) pathway redesign, a book, a DVD, a training course, redesign of a service, a public health campaign, prevention and self-care, or incorporation of a new technology into a service.

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Research Delivery Impact

Sponsored by NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria

This category is to showcase where research delivery teams can demonstrate impact at either study or team level, eg influencing commissioning or patient pathways; involvement of patients in shaping research projects or introducing novel recruitment strategies.

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Most Innovative NHS Education Provider

Sponsored by Health Education England North East

Includes all NHS sites where training occurs i.e hospitals, GP practices, hospices etc. Can be from a team or organisational perspective. Includes all professional groups.

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Details & Closing Dates

Entries for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2017 are now closed.

Winners will be announced at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards Ceremony. The awards are invite only and are being held on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel. For further information about the awards and for sponsorship opportunities please contact

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