Medipex NHS Innovation Awards 2007

NHS staff from across the region were awarded prize money and gained recognition for their innovative ideas at the Medipex Innovation Competition Award Ceremony which was held at ‘The Deep’ on 25th April 2007.

Medical devices and diagnostics

Category winner

Female fertility loss diagnostic

Dr Helen Picton, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

This particular piece of work relates to Female fertility loss diagnostic for cancer patients. It is novel lab based work – so its at an early stage – aimed as a diagnostic tool the model aims to predict how much damage will be done in the ovaries following exposure to chemotherapy drugs.


CT Shield All

Gareth Iball and team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Gareth is a clinical scientist in Medical Physics and the CT Shield All is an improved shield for pregnant ladies when they have a CT scan. CT Shield All gives much better protection to the unborn baby, its far more comfortable for the patient (old lead shields were heavy and cumbersome to manipulate) they also found they can cut the radiation dose by up to 50% as well. We also think the shield is adaptable for every other patient not just pregnant ladies.


Accurate calibration of the stereotactic core biopsy system fitted to mammography X-ray units

Giles Morrison, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Giles with assistance from workshop technicians were asked to solve a specific problem associated with inaccurate calibration of the stereotactic core biopsy system fitted to mammography X-ray units. They have done this and gone on to create a generic test phantom that should accommodate most of the mammo units with a stereo tactic biopsy units and I am very pleased that not only has it won one of our innovation awards it is likely to be taken up by a local company, Leeds Test Objects Ltd.

Software and ICT

Category winner

Emergency Medicine Radiology Bank

Haidar Samiei, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The A&E dept at Leeds sees over 120,000 new patients a year and is staffed by 40 doctors and 100 nurses. The idea like most good ones started with a simple concept – people in A&E created their own folders with interesting and useful images but totally random and unconnected and from that the Emergency Medicine Radiology Bank grew until now it is used by everyone as well as GP’s and paramedics, it is fully searchable internally and externally.


Telemedicine in Prisons

Deborah Bentley, Airedale NHS Trust

I remember talking to Richard Pope at Airedale about this when it was just an idea – so it is really pleasing to see it come to fruition. The benefit of the service is that it minimises disruption to the hospital, the prison and the community by avoiding unnecessary visits from prisoners when a good % can be triaged via the video conference link. The prisoners benefit from being able to talk to highly experienced A&E consultants not normally available in the prison – it uses reasonably standard technology but in an innovative way.


Community portal for renal medicine

James Tattersall, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

At any one time 5% of the population have kidney disease many of whom are well and able to carry on as normal but they run the risk of developing serious complications. The community portal is all about helping people to help themselves to learn about their treatment, for their GP’s to use it to help administer information and treatment and to make referrals when it is appropriate – a little bit like a triage system.

Assistive technology and rehabilitation category

Category winner

Improved energy efficiency crutch

Barry Taylor, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

This is a development that has had useful design inputs from a number of different disciplines including an orthopaedic surgeon. Hull have a working prototype - It is practical has several applications in sport as well as everyday use.


Guided self help for eating disorders

Suzanne Haywood Everett, Leeds Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust

Suzanne Haywood Everett a Clinical Psychologist from Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders at Leeds Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust and Suzanne has been involved in the development of guided self help for eating disorders for quite a few years at Huddersfield prior to coming to Leeds. Since coming to Leeds she set about developing the ‘Guided Self Help materials’ which are unique as they can cover a wide range of eating disorders, she also applied for funding to launch the programme and trained 56 other healthcare professionals in how to use it. She has also helped kick off randomised clinical trials and oversees many other research projects.

Publications and training materials

Category winner

Augmented reality simulator for training image guided needle insertion

Dr David Kessel, Leeds Teaching Hospital

These days severe time pressures means that consultants are simply not able to spend as much one to one training with students as previously happened therefore it is increasingly important that the student training is as thorough and realistic as possible. The training simulator allows a range of different patient treatments requiring guided needle intervention to be simulated. As well as developing the manikin and needle insertion equipment David is developing a training programme for the students including software to support the use of the aid.


COPD Self management Guide

Pam Hancock, North East Lincolnshire PCT

Pam is the main author of the booklet which has contributions and input from patients, OTs, physios, dieticians, GPs consultants, respiratory nurses etc. The booklet provides a wealth of information to the patient to help them manage the disease & avoid unnecessary hospital appointments.


Listen for Life training materials

Jane Martin, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Yorkshire Cochlear Implant Service was established in 1990 and it assesses children and adults with profound hearing loss and it has earned a well deserved reputation for the quality of its work. In summer of 2008 a brand new state of the art centre – The Listen for Life Centre will open in Bradford which will be the first of its kind in the. Jane & her team have developed a range of training materials for use in the centre, at home and by all of the professionals associated with the centre, they also intend to market the materials to the other 18 Cochlear implant centres in the as well as to overseas services.