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NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes

6th June 2011

The first winners of Health’s Innovation Challenge Prizes have been announced. Frontline NHS staff and other healthcare professionals who have come up with innovative ideas to give better patient care have been rewarded with funding to continue to improve patient care and deliver savings for the NHS. 

Developed to tackle the problems staff saw their patients facing in day-to-day treatment; all the winners have proven that their innovation can improve patient care and deliver savings for the NHS. innovative ideas to give better patient care.

The winning ideas are:

  • dialysis at home – developed by Manchester Royal Infirmary to allow patients to have dialysis in their own homes – this is more convenient for patients and saves the local NHS £16,430 per patient every year on average.
  • Cytosponge – a new pill that runs into a sponge – a simple new way to test for oesophagal cancer that costs just £25 per test compared to the £400 cost of a traditional endoscopy.  This was developed by the Cambridge Medical Research Council Cancer Unit and Addenbrookes University Hospitals.
  • Scriptswitch – a computer programme used by staff at NHS Bristol to share information on nutritional supplements prescribed to patients between hospitals and GP surgeries so that they can identify patterns and prescribe more efficiently leading to projected savings of £156,000 per year.

Health Minister Lord Howe said:

“We need to support innovation in the NHS, not suffocate it. In every hospital, GP practice and clinic we need to ensure innovation can flourish by supporting clinicians to develop new ways of thinking and delivering care to benefit patients and the NHS".

“Innovation is essential to help the NHS modernise by delivering more for less – improving the quality of care for patients whilst at the same time saving money.”

Dr Sandip Mitra, who leads the renal team at Manchester Royal Infirmary, said:

“Manchester is proud to have a highly skilled team which enables and empowers patients to regain control of their lives leading to a higher life expectancy, greater independence, fewer medications and a less restrictive lifestyle on dialysis. This award will inspire the team to continue its efforts to improve patient experiences on dialysis and support other units to establish home haemodialysis programmes.”

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Article Information

Title: NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 18680
Date Added: 6th Jun 2011


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