Top Innovators in Belfast Trust Win Awards

01/06/2010

Staff from across the Trust have been recognised as top innovators as part of Northern Ireland’s first-ever Elevation Awards, organised by HSC Innovations.

All 20,000 staff in the Belfast Trust – from domestic assistants to surgeons – were challenged in March to put forward innovative ideas to transform healthcare or lead to vital medical breakthroughs, and many came up with new and exciting ideas.

Staff from across the Trust have been recognised as top innovators as part of Northern Ireland’s first-ever Elevation Awards, organised by HSC Innovations.

All 20,000 staff in the Belfast Trust – from domestic assistants to surgeons – were challenged in March to put forward innovative ideas to transform healthcare or lead to vital medical breakthroughs, and many came up with new and exciting ideas.

The Winners

John McAuley, a Technical Instructor in the Trust, took the winning prize in the Equipment of the Year category devising a new product for use in occupational therapy that could save therapists valuable time and enhance patient care.

The Belfast Trust also took the lead in the Diagnostics and Pharmaceuticals Idea of the Year category when Clinical Scientist, Dr Derek Fairley, accepted the winning award for developing a novel molecular diagnostic tool which could help in the global fight against bacterial meningitis and septicaemia.

Dr David Brownlee, Innovation Adviser at HSC Innovations, said:

“Our congratulations go to each of the winners and all the finalists who were shortlisted for the first ever Elevation Awards. It’s vital that we keep coming up with new, exciting and innovative ways to address unmet clinical needs, and to develop solutions that will ultimately improve patient care. HSC Innovations provides a platform along with our industry and clinical partners to identify, protect and develop ideas towards commercialisation and implementation.”


About the Awards

A total of 12 finalists from across all five HSC trusts were chosen by an expert team of health and business specialists for the inaugural awards, which took place at Belfast’s La Mon Hotel.

HSC Innovations is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through its Public Sector Research Exploitation (PSRE) fund, Health and Social Care Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency (HSC R&D Division) and Invest Northern Ireland.