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Nurses encouraged to apply for £650,000 innovation prize

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Health professions are being encouraged to vie for a £650,000 prize pot to reward innovation in the NHS.

The annual NHS Innovation Challenge Prize encourages, celebrates and rewards innovation driven by the frontline doctors, nurses and NHS staff who deliver care every day. 

“We need to find new ways of working if our health service is going to be fit to face the challenges ahead”

Simon Stevens

Now in its fourth year, the programme offers prizes across seven categories. These include innovations that support patient safety, prevent people from dying prematurely and speed up diagnosis or improve care.

This year’s challenge includes two specific challenges that focus on diabetes that are worth £100,000 each. The first is to enhance quality of life for people through care centred on the needs of the individual and the second is to help improve health outcomes among black minority ethnic communities.

The 2014-15 NHS Innovation Challenge was announced by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens last week at the Queen’s Nursing Institute annual conference in London.

Mr Stevens said: “We have a strong track record in developing and using new medical technologies to revolutionise the way we care for and treat patients – diagnostic ultrasound, the MRI scan, the ophthalmoscope used to examine our eyes – to name but a few.

“We need to find new ways of working if our health service is going to be fit to face the challenges ahead and we know that those ideas come from the brilliant people working in frontline caring and research roles,” he said.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize is open to all NHS organisations in England and deadline for entry is 7 November. Winners will be unveiled at an awards ceremony on 23 February 2015.

More information on entering the challenge is available on the NHS England website.

The programme’s partners provided £250,000 of the total £650,000 prize money as well as a mentoring package for winners worth over £100,000.

Partners include Janssen, 3M, Accenture, Health Fabric, Health Service Journal and the Allied Health Professions Federation.

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