West Midlands Academic Health Science Network — ‘Celebration of Innovation’ awards now open

West Midlands Academic Health Science Network’s (WMAHSN) annual Celebration of Innovation Awards will be formally launched today (15 February) at the Merdian LIVE event.

Following on from the success of last year’s awards — which saw more than 80 entries from across the West Midlands — this year, there will be even more categories, celebrating innovation in healthcare across the region.

The awards will be presented at a glitzy ceremony at the WMAHSN’s annual stakeholder event in June, and reflect the WMAHSN’s dual aim of improving health and creating wealth, as well as the organisation’s key priorities and themes. There are also special awards for innovative individuals or teams and innovative organisations. The categories are:

— Economic Impact Award
— Excellence in Wellness and Prevention of Illness
— Innovative Organisation Award
— Innovator/Innovative Team of the Year Award
— MidTECH Award for Best NHS Invention or Innovation
— Patient Safety Award
— Supporting Self Care Innovation Award
— Social Enterprise Award
— Medicines Optimisation Award
— Mental Health Innovation Award
— Industry Collaboration Award
— Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award.

You can take a look at the full list of awards criteria here, as well as the application forms for individuals and organisations (to apply for the Innovative Organisation and the Innovator/Innovative Team of the Year Awards) and for innovations (to apply for the other categories).

A panel of experts will assess the entries, with shortlisted entries invited to attend the ceremony in June. As well as a trophy, winners will receive promotion of their win through print and digital channels, support from WMAHSN communications team to raise their profile, mentoring and support to adopt the innovation across the region and a winner’s logo for email signatures and websites.

The closing date for all entries is 12 noon on 5 May. If you have any queries, please ring Tammy Holmes on 0121 371 8061 or send her mail.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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