Published on: 3 November 2021

The awards, which have returned after a one-year hiatus during the pandemic, received a great response from northern innovators all vying for awards across 10 categories.

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has five entries shortlisted: 

  • Development of an Innovative Device or Technology - Shoulder Reduction Assistance Device  
  • Celebrating Innovation Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Delivering digitally enhanced cardiac rehabilitation during COVID-19 restrictions and beyond 
  • Innovation Champion Award - Dawn Lockey, Limb Reconstruction Physiotherapist
  • Research Impact Award - Adapting Colorectal Cancer Research to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Digital Innovation in Health and Social Care – HEIDI HEadache Interactive DIary app

Mark Taylor, the Trust’s Head of Innovation, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in five categories in this year’s Bright Ideas in Health Awards and it is a reflection of the hard work staff at our Trust have put into these projects. 

“The pandemic has been an especially tough time, but it has seen us look for novel ways of working and has been a real driver, bringing in changes to ensure our patients continue to receive the best care. 

“Our teams and staff are always aspiring to discover solutions to challenges and this achievement highlights that research and innovation is really at the core of our vision and values at the Trust.” 

Now in its 17th year, the prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams working within the NHS, industry and academia, who have risen to the challenge improving services provided to patients, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery.

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust is supporting organisers, the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, as one of the sponsors of this year’s event.

The Bright Ideas in Health Awards will celebrate innovators that have stepped up to the challenges posed during the pandemic, which has seen innovations developed, evaluated and adopted at speed and scale.

Dr Nicola Hutchinson, Chief Executive Officer at the AHSN NENC, said: “Following a year’s break we are thrilled to be back with the Bright Ideas in Health Awards for 2021.

"After the last 18 months, it’s inspiring to look back at some of the amazing health innovations that have come out of the region. 

“We have some incredible finalists this year who are all worthy of recognition and celebration - and we will do just that at the awards ceremony on 25th November. Well done and good luck to all the finalists on the night.”

The winners of the 10 categories will receive a cash prize and support from innovation experts at the AHSN NENC to progress their ideas. 

They will be announced at the annual Bright Ideas in Health Awards ceremony, which will take place virtually on Thursday 25th November at 6pm.