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Frontline staff asked for views on prize for NHS innovation

For the first time frontline healthcare staff are being asked for their input on the next generation of prizes for rewarding innovation.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize was launched in 2010. It is intended to encourage, recognize and reward innovative healthcare practices and ideas among frontline staff in health and social care as well as the voluntary and private sectors.

A new crowdsourcing website has gone live this week, allowing anyone interested to submit ideas about what the next round of prizes should look like.

Contributors to the crowdsourcing site must be registered before they can take part. Anyone interested should email nhschallengeprizes@thesocialkinetic.com to request log-in details.

NHS England director of innovation Miles Ayling said: “It makes sense for those with the greatest insight into the problems facing the NHS to play a leading role in helping to devise the solutions.

“Anyone, regardless of organisation or job role, can request log-in details for the new digital portal,” he said.

“Once there, they will be able to pose specific challenges to an invited audience, share their insights on existing challenges, suggest ideas for solutions and vote for the ideas that they think will have the greatest impact.”

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