An award for an outstanding innovation in healthcare – Dementia Crisis Support In The Community – has been presented to a team of NHS staff at a prestigious event organised by Health Enterprise East, a leading NHS Innovation Hub.
Winners of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network Award for Long Term Conditions Management were Dr Afifa Qazi and her team from North East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Dementia Crisis Support In The Community aims to reduce inappropriate hospital admissions for people with dementia, enabling them to live in their own home for as long as possible with help and support. The team receives referrals from healthcare professionals in a crisis situation and provides a front-door service at A&E to avoid admissions to the acute hospital. The model has been shown to reduce hospital admissions and deliver cost-savings, freeing up resources and moving care out of hospital into the community.
Winners were presented with a specially engraved glass trophy and received £2,000 to help progress their idea.
Hosting the 2014 Innovation Awards, held on Wednesday 24th September at Girton College, Cambridge, was BBC Look East presenter Susie Fowler-Watt.
The 2014 competition was open to staff working in Member Trusts across all branches of the NHS to put forward their ideas for products and services which will benefit patients. This year it comprised five categories: Long Term Conditions Management, Patient Safety, Software/ICT/Assistive Technology, Patient Dignity and Experience and Medical Technology.
Dr Anne Blackwood, Health Enterprise East Chief Executive said: “This is our ninth Annual Innovation Competition Awards and as with all our previous competitions, we have received a fantastic response from our Member Trusts across our five categories. The judges had a difficult task to select the winners but I would personally like to congratulate all the applicants for their creative ideas to improve patient care in the future.
“As Health Enterprise East approaches its tenth anniversary next month, it remains our great privilege to work in a region with such a world-renowned reputation for research and innovation. Alongside our strategic partner, the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, we are determined to continue acting as a catalyst to bring forward new medical innovation for many years to come.
“I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in this year’s competition and also our sponsors: Birketts, The Eastern Academic Health Science Network, JA Kemp, Kiss Communications and Mathys & Squire LLP – whose generosity and support is very much appreciated.”