UHCW make the list in Innovation Awards

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) has been shortlisted for a regional innovation award.

The Trust has made the list in the Innovative Organisation of the Year category of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) Celebration of Innovation Awards 2016.

Notably, the Trust is an International Centre of Excellence for Neuroendocrine tumours and is recognised internationally for developing Digital Pathology techniques, both of which have transformed routine practice.

As a large university hospital, the Trust has strong links with both the University of Warwick and Coventry University. Collaborations with UHCW exist across a number of different research faculties resulting in technology transfer such as the potential use of an 'e-nose' to identify high-risk patients before treatment is even started.

Innovation Manager, Hana Thomas, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the award. We know that there is lots of innovative activity happening all over the Trust and to be in the running for this award shows just that.”

Chief Medical Officer and Deputy CEO, Meghana Pandit said: “We are incredibly proud to be shortlisted for this award. As a Trust our mission is Care, Achieve, Innovate so to be recognised for innovation is fantastic. To continue our commitment to innovation we will be opening our own Innovation Hub to give our staff the facilities to discuss and progress innovative ideas and projects.”

WMAHSN are one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013, to spread of innovation to help improve health and generating economic growth.

The winners will be announced on June 30 at a ceremony at the University of Warwick.