Bright Ideas in Health Awards

The AHSN NENC is proud to host the Bright Ideas in Health Awards, an annual awards ceremony to celebrate innovation in healthcare across the North East and North Cumbria.

The Bright Ideas in Health Awards celebrates 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 the services 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 SMEs, NHS organisations and academic institutions in the North East of England and North Cumbria.

2021 Awards

Entries for this year’s awards are now closed, finalists have been informed.  Visit the Bright Ideas in Health Awards website for further information about this year’s categories and finalists.

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BIHA 2021 Award categories and finalists

The ten categories for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2021 are:

Development of an Innovative Device or Technology, sponsored by CPI

Digital Innovation in Health and Social Care, sponsored by sponsored by North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS)

Celebrating Innovation Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Outstanding Industry Collaboration, sponsored by RTC North and Innovate UK EDGE

Demonstrating an Impact upon Patient Safety and/or Quality Improvement

Innovation in Education, sponsored by Health Education England North East (HEE NE)

Innovation Champion Award

Helping our workforce to recover from the pandemic, sponsored by NHS England and NHS Improvement North East and Yorkshire

Research Impact Award, sponsored by NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria

Making healthier, happier places and spaces – Innovations in the built environment

View 2021 winners and finalists

Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to this year’s sponsors…

The North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) is our headline sponsor for 2021 and we are also delighted to welcome:

CPI helps companies to develop, prove, prototype and commercialise next generation products and processes.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Their 7,000 staff serve a population of around 650,000 people.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provide a range of health and care services to support the more than 500,000 people living in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Health Education England North East (HEE NE) aim to offer our medical and dental trainees the highest quality training, supervision and support.

North East Futures University Technical College (UTC) providing a very unique experience that combines traditional education with real-life work experience for young people wishing to pursue a career within STEM industries.

Diagnostics North East (DxNE) a collaboration between the NHS, academia and the AHSN working across the region with a unique set of infrastructures to help industry partners develop, evaluate and encourage adoption of new diagnostic tests.

Innovate UK EDGE enable ambitious, innovative SMEs to accelerate their growth and achieve scale.

RTC North deliver a mix of innovation and business growth programmes, designed to help organisations to innovate, compete, and grow.

NHS England and NHS Improvement North East and Yorkshire – one of seven regional teams that support the delivery and commissioning of high quality services and directly commission primary care, public health and specialised services at a local level across England.

NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria – provides the infrastructure to allow high-quality health and social research to take place across the region.

North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) a regional partnership between the NHS, local authorities and others, taking collective responsibility for resources, setting strategic objectives and care standards, and improving the health of the 3.1 million people it serves.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley with two acute hospitals and services in a number of community hospitals.

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital and community based healthcare services to a population of around 430,000 people in South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Sintons LLP a full service law firm based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sintons solicitors provides first class legal advice across a wide range of legal services to businesses, organisations and individuals in North East England, including York and the surrounding areas, throughout the UK and further afield.


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