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News on the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes

Innovation Challenge Prizes Articles

 The closing date for the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes is midday 24th March 2013. If you are working towards an innovative idea in the NHS, then we want to hear from you!


The NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes not only awards prize money for innovative practice, but also helps to publicise innovations for take-up across the NHS and internationally. Here’s what some of our previous winners have to say about the programme.

“The innovation challenge prize has provided our team with the confidence to try and commercialise our idea and has been an excellent source of publicity.”

Dr Rebecca Fitzgerald – Cytosponge – Winner in 2011 of £50,000

“Winning this award was the icing on the cake of what we achieved. It has truly brought a sense of unity in the team.”

Dr Dean Harmse – Improving Workflow in Histopathology – Winner in 2012 of £50,000

Could your team be next?

The challenges are based on identified priority areas with the aim to find solutions for delivering treatment and care in the following areas:

•    Better management of pregnancy

•    Reducing avoidable medicines waste

•    Control of infection

•    Early cancer diagnosis

•    Emergency care – right place, first time

•    Reducing avoidable use of primary care

•    Reducing falls and falls injuries

•    Improving diagnostic investigation

•    Identification and diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

To find out more about all of the Prizes and how to apply, please visit where you can also read previous winner’s stories, and get some great learning from ideas submitted so far.