Impact Accelerator Unit nominated for Healthcare Innovator Award

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Posted on 27 June 2018

The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Science's 'Impact Accelerator Unit' has been shortlisted for a West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN)'s 'Healthcare Innovator Award' for the second year running. 

The Impact Accelerator Unit is responsible for maximizing the benefits of the Institute’s world-leading primary care research, by making an impact on and difference to, the quality of life and care for those at risk of osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal conditions and associated illness, such as mental health.

The team’s osteoarthritis project ‘Joint Implementation of Osteoarthritis Guidelines Across Western Europe (JIGSAW-E)’, has been named as one of the contenders for the ‘Supporting Self Care and Prevention of Illness Innovation Award’. Other categories include; MidTECH Award for Best NHS-Developed Medical Technology Innovation; Digital for Artificial Intelligence Innovation of the Year Award; Mental Health Innovation Award; Advance Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award; and Health Start-Up of the Year Award. 

The awards were set up three years ago, to recognise and celebrate the work of individuals and organisations in developing better healthcare and increasing wealth for local people. 

Taking place in July, this year's awards will celebrate the Meridian Innovation Health Exchange, which is the WMAHSN's pioneering interactive online exchange for anyone to share their innovations and ideas, build groups and networks, and make contact with people whose innovations could change healthcare in the West Midlands. 

Last year, more than 100 teams from across the West Midlands attended the awards in Birmingham, where the Impact Accelerator Unit was named as runners-up in the ‘Innovative Team of the Year’ category.

As well as a trophy to commemorate the success, winners will gain additional promotion through print and digital channels, support from WMAHSN's 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.

Dr. Christopher Parker, Managing Director of the WMAHSN commented: "The quality of submissions has grown year on year, and so everyone who has made it through to the final should be rightly proud of this achievement. I wish everyone the very best of luck and look forward to celebrating with all finalists when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony."