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Future Innovators Award
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ARE YOU THE NEXT NHS INNOVATOR?
Whatever your role in the NHS, your ideas are vital to the future of our national health service — and the TVWLA Future Innovators’ Award is here to make those ideas count.
The Future Innovators’ Award exists to champion the great NHS tradition of innovation, by turning your brilliant ideas into real improvements — for patients, staff and everyone committed to making our NHS the best it can be.
This is your chance to get recognition for an innovation that makes a positive difference in the NHS — and win a financial award to help kick-start it.
So if you’ve spotted a way to make the NHS better then we urge you to tell us about it.
WHO CAN ENTER?
Are you an individual or team currently developing or looking to develop an innovation to bring tangible benefits to the NHS or enable better patient care? This award is focused on innovations that are forward thinking and have not yet been implemented.
We want to hear from any healthcare or dental care professional employed by an NHS employer or in training in Thames Valley or Wessex, or students on a programme funded or commissioned by HEE Thames Valley/ Wessex*. You could be a nurse, doctor, medical student, midwife, healthcare scientist, allied health professional, pharmacist, dentist or dental care professional. We need your ideas because you’re the ones who make the difference.
*If you’re not based in Thames Valley/Wessex but are on a course commissioned or funded by us then you can still apply. For full details on elegiability please read the terms and conditions. (Please note this year’s competition is not open to research projects.)
Complete the application form to tell us about your idea. If we think it’s got potential you’ll be shortlisted, we’ll ask you for a bit more information and you’ll get to pitch to our expert innovation panel, with the top-three finalists receiving a financial award and access to development opportunities.
1st place £5,000
2nd place £2,000
3rd place £1,000
Award open for application
26th Sept-16th Dec
Expert Assessors shortlist top three ideas
21st Dec-11th Jan
Shortlisted finalists are contacted and move to the next stage
17th Jan- 15th Feb
Finalists pitch to our expert innovation panel
Rewards will be made at the TVWLA awards
WHAT KIND OF IDEAS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We want to hear about any idea that can make a positive impact on the work you and your colleagues do.
By ‘Innovation’ we mean a new idea, service or product that’s new to the NHS and could significantly improve the delivery of healthcare services or enhance patient care.
It doesn’t have to be a technology-based innovation, but it must meet these criteria:
- Applications must be from NHS staff across the Thames Valley and Wessex regions
- The applications can be made by individuals or teams provided that the lead applicant is currently undertaking some form of recognised training.
- Team applications can also involve participation from organisations outside the NHS provided that the lead organisation is an NHS organisation.
- Applicants must complete all questions within the Future Innovators Award application form and agree to the associated Terms and Conditions for this award category.
- Research projects are specifically excluded from this award category. Research is defined as the systematic and detailed investigation into a subject in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.
- Service Improvements or Innovations that have been implemented are not eligible for this award. Applicants may consider the alternative “Leading for Service Improvement and Innovation” award in such circumstances.
WHO’S BEHIND THE NHS FUTURE INNOVATORS’ AWARD?
This award scheme is supported by the NHS;
Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy
Health Education England Thames Valley
Health Education England Wessex
Oxford Academic Health Science Network
Wessex Academic Health Science Network
The NHS Future Innovators’ Award is the successor to the 2023 Challenge, which began in 2013. It was inspired by two junior doctors — Alexander Finlayson and Edward Maile — who wanted to address the growing appetite for innovation among NHS trainees in Thames Valley. With this new award we want to continue promoting the spirit of innovation across Thames Valley and Wessex.
FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED AT OUR SHOWCASE EVENT LAST YEAR
“Our goal is to see our idea become a standard procedure in hospitals.The dream is to achieve national success. It is a simple measure and the trials in intensive care units show it can positively contribute to a patient’s recovery, health and well-being.”
-Andrew Finlay and Toshi Sherpa- The Sleep Situation 2015, 2023 Challenge winning project team
WATCH THE 2015 CHALLENGE FINAL EVENT
WHAT PEOPLE SAID...
“All the ideas are unique, interesting and inventive. They all really focused on the patient. This is what all of us in the NHS want to do, improve patient experience.”
-Rebecca Duncombe- Exploring Hetty’s Hospital 2015 2023 Challenge finalist
“The application process was daunting to begin with, because we’re not business people. Juggling the project with our full time jobs at times was quite challenging with time constraints. Ultimately we were well supported by lots of different contacts. There were a lot of people involved who knew what was going on if we had any questions.”
-Ria Evans- Exploring Hetty’s Hospital 2015 2023 Challenge finalist
“The judges were all really friendly, we have done a lot of work and appreciate the time they have taken to read through it in lots of detail. They have additional knowledge in the area and they were able to ask questions that demonstrate areas that require more development and that is the reason we got involved in this competition. Using their expert advice to make this a reality.”
-Andrew Finlay- The sleep Situation 2015 2023 Challenge winner
“We were looking at how we would tackle social issues, and we knocked our heads together and come up with this solution. When the competition came along we thought to ourselves this is exactly what we are trying to achieve.”
-Alun Bonello- Fluid Motion 2015 2023 Challenge Finalist
Read all about what this year's finalists had to say about the competition and their innovation journey so far!
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