Innovation Scouts

We’re scouting for your bright ideas

Do you have an idea that would improve, either technically or process-wise, the efficiency of how we deal with and care for patients? If so, help is at hand.

The trust has two innovation scouts – Gill Husband, Lead in Service improvement and Innovation and Dr Charlotte Kemp, Lead for Clinical Measurement in Medical Physics. Their role is to help those ‘seeds of ideas’ that you may have and assist them on the path to fruition and put into practice locally, or even nationally.

Your ideas need not be tangible or fully planned out, but if you let Gill or Charlotte know the outline of what you think will be of additional benefit to patients then they are here to give you support and direction in terms of, for example, the intellectual property implications and answer questions such as will this mean additional work for me?

With the help of Gill and Charlotte, who in turn can access other expertise in the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North East & North Cumbria and NHS Innovations North, there’s always a chance that your idea can be proved to be an efficient and effective benefit and turned into reality.

Gill said: “We aim to make the innovation process from idea (or identifying a problem that requires a solution), through to development as easy as possible for the innovator.”

Good ideas can be so obvious as to be missed altogether, and they most often come from staff seeing unmet needs in their own services. Please get in touch with any idea or unmet need, big or small.”

You can email Gill and Charlotte with your ideas and if you would be interested in a half-hour workshop about innovations and the usual route from idea to reality, then drop them an email or contact Gill on extension 54199 (JCUH).