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Derby Hospitals Wins Award in Innovation Competition

       11 October 2012


Two Consultants at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have won awards in the 2012 Innovation Competition organised by Health Enterprise East, the NHS Innovation Hub for the Eastern Region.

Consultant Endocrinologist Dr Paromita King won first prize in the Long Term Disease Management and Care category for ‘PROCEED: Pre-conception Care for Diabetes - An Integrated ‘Teams Without Walls’ Model’.

Effective pre-conception care improves pregnancy outcomes in diabetes. Inspired by joint Royal Colleges ‘Teams without Walls’ publication and local initiatives in integrated care, the team at Derbyshire Hospitals sought to work across traditional boundaries to deliver a quality preconception service.

Care was integrated across specialties and for the first time horizontally across the boundaries of primary and secondary care.  The Consultant role changed from service delivery to include service overview maximising its lean delivery.  Users had choice as to the location as well as the mode and time of contact.

Dr King said: "There were some very innovative ideas in this category and it is a privilege and a delight to win. Winning this award for PROCCED will help spread the word about how women with diabetes can seek health advice before they become pregnant to reduce their chances of suffering complications.”

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Mr Amit Goyal won third prize in the MedTech category for 3D Surface Imaging in Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery using DigiBreast3D.

This bespoke software enables three dimensional surface imaging of the breast region using Xbox Kinect, providing accurate, reproducible and clinically relevant 3D information to the surgeon. This allows the surgical technique for breast reconstruction to be planned and breast implants of the correct size and shape to be ordered to give the best result.

Awards were presented to winners by the TV presenter and broadcaster Maggie Philbin at a special NHS Innovation Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 10th October at The Nucleus, Chesterford Research Park. Winners, where possible, will be supported by Health Enterprise East to progress their idea.

The 2012 competition was open to staff working in all branches of the NHS to put forward ideas for products and services which will benefit patients. This year it comprised five categories: Disease Prevention, Screening & Diagnosis; Surgical Disease Management; Therapeutic Disease Management; Long Term Disease Management and Care and MedTech.

Dr Anne Blackwood, Health Enterprise East Chief Executive, said: “In our seventh Annual Innovation Competition Awards, we are focusing on improving patient outcomes through integrated care pathways. Staff throughout the region have been applying across the five categories, with a total of 66 entries received.

“Innovation will play a vital role in enabling the future vision for integrated health and social care services to be realised. Point of care diagnostics, informatics, personalised healthcare and new medical technologies will all play a role in how services are delivered in the future for the benefit of the patient and those who care for them”.

“I should like to thank everyone who has taken part in this year’s competition and also our sponsors whose generosity and support is very much appreciated.