Winners of Barts Health Innovations in Healthcare Awards 2016

Queen Mary Innovation Ltd and Barts Health hosted the Innovation in Healthcare Awards. In this year’s competition we saw many exciting, inspiring and innovative ideas that could benefit patients and/or improve service to patients. The judges were highly complimentary of the standard and the range of entries showing the fantastic work being carried out at Barts Health.

The winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony held in Barts Pathology Museum on 29 November 2016, please see the full list below.

Innovation of the Year 

Winner –  Alison Thomson and Gavin Giovannoni- ‘Cost effective, environmentally friendly and easy to use test for patients with Multiple Sclerosis to use for self-monitoring’

Runner up: Gareth Parkes-‘ Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) App to help patients manage their disease’

3rd place: Mevan Gooneratne and Mehnaz Khan-‘ Standardized test to measure the exercise capacity of patients booked for elective surgery’

Dragon’s Den Style Award

Winner: Agron Hoxha, Mangala Patel, Andy Bushby, David Gillam-‘Dental material with controlled release of fluoride to prevent dental caries

Runner up: Mevan Gooneratne, Mehnaz Khan, Gayle McDonnell-‘ Educational online videos informing patients about the perioperative journey and the steps prior to surgery’

3rd place: Malcolm Finlay-‘ All – Optical Ultrasound, a novel imaging method for invasive ultrasound imaging’

Service Improvement Award

Winner: Simon Donnelly, Hasan Tahir, Rebecca Adshead-‘Set-up of Early Inflammatory Back Pain Service Clinic 

Runner up: Andrea Leigh, Adolescent Steering Group Team (Lucy Wootton, David Kovar, Sherry Manning, Tara Shea, Anna Riddell, Ellie Lloyd, Ghislaine Stephenson, Michelle Johnson, Kirsty Webb-Wood, Tracy Oakden, Christine Reaveley, Jane Hawdon, Melissa Mathews), Barts Health Youth Empowerment Squad  (Theo, Lexie, Dena, Nabila, Adam, Mathew, Katie, Shamsa)-‘ Improved adolescent services and facilities across Barts Health in order to improve patient experience and outcomes in teenagers and young adults’

3rd place: The Cryoablation Team at Whipps Cross Hospital-‘ Establishment of high throughput atrial fibrillation ablation service at Whipps Cross Hospital


Collaboration Award-Barts Health and QMUL

Winner: Divyen Shah and Ping Yip-‘ Panel of protein biomarkers that predict severity of brain injury in newborn babies’

Runner up: Angray Kang, Sharmilee Gnanapavan, David Baker, Gavin Giovannoni, Tahshin Rahman, Farida Fortune-‘ Test to rapidly and sensitively detect human antibody response to biologic using a simple novel generic platform’

3rd place: Mohamed Thaha and Hasan Shaheed-‘ A robotic laparoscopic retractor for rectal surgery’

Service Improvement Award 

Winner – Physician Response Unit

A collaborative service operated by Barts Health NHS Trust, London’s Air Ambulance (LAA) and London Ambulance Service (LAS). 

The service delivers advanced emergency care or assessments to complex patients in the community, patients are treated and/or assessed at home. The service is available via 999. 

Runner-up – Barts Health Paediatric Diabetes Cross-Site Multidisciplinary Team

Tailor made package of care for paediatric diabetic patients 

Piloted at Newham, Royal London and Whipps Cross Hospitals. It is a novel educational concept to improve paediatric diabetic patients disease self-management, improve quality of life and reduces long term complications related to the disease.

Runner-up – Hoda Alkoky, Su-Ann Yeoh, Angela Pakozdi, Hasan Tahir

Virtual Biologic Clinic for rheumatology patients

The virtual clinic was piloted at Whipps Cross Hospital. Patients were reviewed virtually, had rapid access to the treatment and showed increased compliance with the biologic treatment.