“It's too late for the money to make the difference. The NHS is broke. To fix it we need the exploiters, adventurers and achievers” (Roy Lilley)


Ever had an idea that you think would help to change things but not known what to do about it? 

Like to see and do things a bit differently? 

Curious mind? 

Enjoy thinking creatively and making things happen?


The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) is now offering another opportunity for volunteers to become ‘Innovation Scouts’. Come and join the Network!


Innovation is simply about the application of better solutions that address unmet needs. This can be a new technology, a new device, or an improved service.


What will I be expected to do?

  • Attend learning events offered by the AHSN
  • Be a ‘champion’ for innovation and raise awareness in your organisation
  • Become recognised as the ‘go to’ person for any queries about innovation in your organisation
  • Identify NHS innovations for further assessment and potential development
  • Be aware of intellectual property rights and how they may impact on your organisation


What you will receive:

  • Free training on all aspects of innovation and intellectual property
  • Free specialist support and advice from the region’s innovation hub, NHS Innovations North
  • Access to a network of other healthcare professionals


How do I become an Innovation Scout?

  • The Innovation Scout Network is open to anyone working in one of the AHSN member organisations (NHS Foundation Trusts and CCGs in the North East). The invite is also extended to clinical and non-clinical staff working in primary care
  • Contact Rachel at the AHSN to register your interest and find out more (rachel.turnbull@ahsn-nenc.org.uk)


What next?

Save the date and come along to the following events:

  • Tuesday 8th March (Introduction to Innovation) and Wednesday 27th April (Essentials of Innovation) – further details on ‘Your Invite to the AHSN Innovation Scout Events’ flyer
  • Contact Sarah to sign up (sarah.black@ahsn-nenc.org.uk)



This short video from the Health Foundation shows how work to reduce the number of medications prescribed to care home residents across North Tyneside helped involve older people in decisions about their care, improved their quality of life, and also saved money for the local NHS.

Could you make a difference?

Do you have a bright idea that could help to improve the NHS?

Everyone can play a part in developing innovative solutions to the healthcare challenges we face. NHS Innovations North wants to hear about your bright ideas to improve the experience of our patients and public as well as our staff.

The Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2016 is a competition organised by NHS Innovations North, which is a service delivered by RTC North Limited on behalf of the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria.

Now in its thirteenth year the Awards celebrate the achievements of NHS employees throughout all sectors of the service in the North East and North Cumbria who have risen to the challenge of telling us how, and where, they believe that improvements to the service provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery. To be eligible to enter the awards organisations must be based in the North East of England and North Cumbria. You could win a cash prize as well as support to help you to develop your idea into a new medical product or raise awareness of your innovative service. 

The categories for the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2016 are as follows:

  • Service Improvement
  • Innovative Medical Technology or Device
  • Innovation in Primary Care
  • SME Innovation, sponsored by Onyx Health
  • Patient and Public Involvement – Making Research Better,  sponsored by CRN: North East and North Cumbria and AHSN NENC

Please note that if your entry does not fit exactly within one of the above categories then NHS Innovations North still wish to hear from you.

The closing date for entries into the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2016 is Friday 15th April 2016. The awards ceremony will take place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on Thursday 23rd June 2016. 

Entries can be submitted to the Bright Ideas in Health Awards by one of the following methods:

Please contact Sarah Black (sarah.black@nhsinnovationsnorth.org.uk) at NHS Innovations North for more information if required.


With thanks to the sponsors:

RTC North Ltd, Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN, NENC), Archer IP, Onyx Health and CRN: North East and North Cumbria

All entries will be reviewed by NHS Innovations North using their online application system, and as such will be bound by NHS Innovations North’s Terms & Conditions.