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Innovation prize launched

Innovation prize launched
7 October 2014

A prize worth £650,000 has been launched to reward innovation within NHS.

A prize worth £650,000 has been launched to reward innovation within NHS.

The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize aims to encourages and incentivise innovation driven by doctors, nurses and NHS staff, who are responsible for delivering care every day.
NHS Chief Executive, Simon 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.  All developed or invented by British innovators and used across the world to deliver healthcare to millions of people every day.”
“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.” 
This year’s programme will offer prizes across seven categories including:
Recognising innovation that supports patient safety
Enhancing care for those with diabetes and 
Preventing premature deaths through use of technology to speed up diagnosis or improve care
Dr Neil Guha and Professor Guruprasad Aithal are both previous winners from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust, after developing a new way of detecting liver disease in a community setting
It has been projected that this ground-breaking test for liver disease has saved the NHS as much £74.6 million in its first year.
The prize is open to all NHS organisations in England and the deadline for entry is 7 November

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