Healthcare innovators from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were honoured at the annual Bright Ideas in Health Awards.
The trust’s team behind work to improve treatment of vascular birthmarks were named as winners in the Outstanding Research Collaboration with the NHS category.
Vascular birthmarks are discolourations of the skin caused by abnormal growth or formation of blood vessels. The trust is undertaking a study directed to the treatment of vascular birthmarks, with the aim of providing significant benefits to both patients and the NHS, with patients requiring fewer repeat treatments and achieving a faster treatment response.
Tobian Muir, plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the trust said: “We are exceedingly proud of the award for a project that is an excellent collaboration between technology through the IGEA medical company and clinical medicine.
“The BEST study aims to improve response rates for patients suffering from vascular birthmarks that are very challenging to treat. The study is patient based and is utilising cutting edge digital technology to allow patient feedback through a smartphone from home rather than having to come to hospital to complete response forms.”
Now in its 16th year, the awards attracted more than 400 people working within healthcare from the region’s leading NHS organisations, universities and businesses.
The annual event celebrates the achievements of individuals and teams that have developed innovative ideas, projects or technologies that are helping to improve the care and service provided to patients across the North East and North Cumbria.
The winners were announced at the ceremony on Thursday 14 November at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hosted by TV presenter Kim Inglis.
Other bright ideas that took home awards included a project which teaches children how to swallow tablet medication and a collaborative approach to reducing falls in older adults in the community.
Dr Nicola Wesley, interim chief executive officer at the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), which organises the awards, said: “This year’s Bright Ideas in Health Awards has further strengthened the view that the North of England is a powerhouse of health innovation. The expertise, capability and passion for doing things differently to ultimately benefit patients was showcased by every one of our finalists.
“This kind of innovative approach to healthcare improvement is so important to the future of the NHS and we’re proud to see the progress being made within the North East and North Cumbria.
“Congratulations to all the winners, the runners-up, the finalists and the hundreds of people who submitted entries this year, making it one of the most successful Bright Ideas in Health Awards in our 16-year history.”