Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2019 - Winner!

by Sharon Brown

Tobian Muir, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at South Tees Hospitals, accepted the Outstanding Research Collaboration with the NHS award at the Bright Ideas in Health awards hosted by the AHSN.  The award, which was sponsored by NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria and MedConNect North, was given for his work in Improved Treatment of Vascular Birthmarks
Vascular birthmarks are discolourations of the skin caused by abnormal growth or formation of blood vessels.  The Trust are undertaking a study directed to the treatment of vascular birthmarks, with the aim of providing significant benefits to both patients and the NHS, with patients requiring fewer repeat treatments and achieving a faster treatment response.

Healthcare innovators from the North East and North Cumbria were celebrated at one of the region’s largest health awards on the 14th November.

Now in its 16th year, the Bright Ideas in Health Awards attracted more than 400 people working within healthcare from the region’s leading NHS organisations, universities and businesses.

The annual event celebrates the achievements of individuals and teams that have developed innovative ideas, projects or technologies that are helping to improve the care and service provided to patients across the North East and North Cumbria.

Over the course of the Bright Ideas in Health Awards’ 16-year history, there has been 253 finalists, 122 winners and 1,800 entries.

This year’s awards saw 32 finalists in the running for eight categories which focused on key healthcare themes including: quality improvement, patient safety, innovative device or technology, early diagnosis and precision medicine, digital innovation, research collaboration, innovation in education and innovation champion.

Other winners were Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, NHS North of England Commissioning Support and North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. Ian Dove, Business Development Manager at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, was named the 2019 Innovation Champion.

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