Innovate Awards 2023 finalists announced

Innovate Awards 2023

The finalists for the Innovate Awards 2023 have been announced following a rigorous round of judging over the last few weeks.

The Innovate Awards, now in its second year, is delivered in partnership between the AHSN Network and NHS Confederation to celebrate innovation in health and care.

A grand total of 191 entries from health and care teams across the country, covering 11 award categories, has been shortlisted to 56 finalists.

Commenting on the award entries, Chief Executive from NHS Confederation, Matthew Taylor said: “The work and collaboration to spread innovation across health and care is truly remarkable, as evidenced in this year’s Innovate Awards submissions. Our judges have commented on just how impressive, exciting and inspiring the work contained within the entries has been, and we are delighted to be able to highlight and celebrate these efforts.”

The 34 judges included prominent healthcare figures from NHS England, regional NHS Trusts and Integrated Care Boards, patient involvement organisations, health equality organisations and innovation specialists. Read more about the judges here.

The award ceremony will take place on the evening of 21 September 2023 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, in London, WC2B. Tickets are available to book here.

Following the high standard and volume of entries received in 2022, a new ‘Best Use of Data in Health Innovation’ category has been added this year, meaning there are 11 award categories in total.

A 12th ‘winner of winners’ award – Innovation Champion of the Year – will be selected by the judges from across the other category winners.

Read about 2022’s ‘winner of winners’, ChatHealths experience of entering and winning the awards.

The awards provide an opportunity to celebrate best practice examples of collaboration in the adoption and spread of innovation.

Award Categories

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Kent and Medway
A recipe for emissions reduction success – A transparent and standardised methodology for carbon emission measurement through the NHS Emissions Quantification Recipe Book

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Fast Forward Sustainability

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH)
Net Zero Is In Your Hands- empowering clinicians to lead the journey

Open Medical
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Achieves Remarkable Carbon Emission Savings with PathpointⓇ eTrauma and VFC

NHS Lancashire & South Cumbria ICB and Redmoor Health
The move to Net Zero in NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS in partnership with Redmoor Health

The Essential Baby Co. In the Community CIC
The Bridge Project: Black Baby Loss Awareness Week

South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board
The Community Mental Health Crisis Alternatives Alliance

The Shuri Network
The Shuri Network – Diversity in Digital Health

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Use of oVRcome Virtual Reality Headsets to reduce social anxiety and phobias associated with Hospital visits in patients with Learning Disability and Autism in Mid and South Essex

Breast Cancer Now
Breast Cancer Now’s Service Pledge: Using the power of the patient voice to improve breast cancer services

University of Southampton
Championing patient co-design of an innovative resource to transform cancer genetics care pathways

Cardiff and Vale UHB; ImROC
Co-production – From Rhetoric to Reality in Cardiff and Vale

University of Sheffield
For children with children: co-production of a patient information video on treatment options to treat tooth decay in primary teeth

NIHR Devices for Dignity Medtech Cooperative
University of Sheffield, Israac Community Association, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, Therapy Box, Partnership working to build AI health technology without bias

Betsi Cadwaladr University LHB in conjunction with IBEX Medical Analytical
SBRI and The All Wales Digital Pathology group, A pioneering AI revolution for Pathology across Wales.

AHSN & Qbtech
Focus ADHD: Improving ADHD is diagnoses in children and young people

Wessex AHSN
Improving asthma diagnosis and outcomes through increased access to Fractional exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) testing in primary care across England

Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System
Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System – Use of WHZAN for Remote Monitoring

myHappymind in Bury

Humber and North Yorkshire ICB
180 Days

ImproveWell & Burns Service Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
Empowering the workforce to drive change at the Burns Service, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board / NHS Wales
Improving our employee investigations

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
The NHS Community workforce of the future

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals
Using robotic automatic to improve workforce systems

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Addressing mental health inequalities through a NICE recommended Digital Therapeutic Intervention (Lumi Nova)

Brent ICP
(Brent Council, NHS CLCH, NHS CNWL, VCS Partners), Brent Health Matters

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Improving hospital attendance through a health equity lens

myHappymind in Bury

The Real Birth Company
The Real Birth Digital Programme

Childrens Hospital Alliance
WNB AI Innovation – Using predictive analytics in outpatient services to assist patients and families in attending healthcare appointments

NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board, Cyted Ltd
Cytoprime 1

Humber and North Yorkshire ICB
Increasing Referrals to Lifestyle Programmes in Diabetes

Holgate PCN and Energy Systems Catapult
Scaling up Warm Home Prescription in England and Scotland: a collaboration in Middlesborough between a PCN, social prescribers and energy advisors

Eastern AHSN (EAHSN), Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and BFB Labs
The power of 3: an AHSN, a NHS Trust and a Tech developer

Everyturn Mental Health
Waiting List Support Service

Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System
Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System – Continuing to Push the Boundaries around Innovation

NHS Cheshire and Merseyside
NHS Cheshire and Merseyside – Virtual Ward National Evaluation Site

NHS Cheshire & Merseyside
NHS Cheshire and Merseyside – World’s 1st Multimorbidity Multispecialty Heart Failure MDT

Sunderland GP Alliance
Sunderland Clinical Support Information

NHS Cheshire and Merseyside
The UK’s First Remote Monitoring Enabled Acute Heart Failure Virtual Ward

Definition Health & Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Definition health and Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust: Adoption of a digital solution to recover from COVID-19 and transform surgical pathways

West of England Academic Health Science Network
Digital Health Champions: A collaborative and novel implementation strategy for digital therapeutics in COPD

Betsi Cardwali University Health Board & Metis Health
Hydra System

Barts Trust in partnership with EXI
Revolutionising Health Services through EXI: Empowering Lifestyle Behaviour Change

NHS Lothian and vCreate
Secure video integration and innovation by NHS Lothian

Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust with Oxehealth
Adopting non-contact monitoring technology to improve safety and care quality on mental health inpatient wards

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Little Hearts At Home

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
OpenPredictor: Supporting elective recovery with NHS lead innovation in AI

NHS South Yorkshire ICB
Doncaster, Safer Prescribing of Opioids in Doncaster

UCLPartners and NCL Integrated Care Board
Using technology to improve outcomes for care homes residents through early identification and escalation of deterioration

PCMIS Health Technologies Ltd & University of Sheffield
Data-driven feedback technology to improve psychological therapy recovery rates

NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster with Unipart
How using data enabled proactive stock management to improve patient care

Livewell Southwest
Improving outcomes for people with deteriorating wounds through data insights

NHS North of England Care System Support

C2-Ai + Cheshire and Merseyside ICS
Prioritisation of the elective waiting list and prehabilitation

For more information about the Innovate Awards contact the organising panel at or visit the Innovate Awards website.

More about the AHSN Network

There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, which form the AHSN Network. Established by NHS England in 2013, AHSNs spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth.

More About NHS Confederation

NHS Confederation is the representative body for the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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