A HEALTH worker is celebrating after finishing in the top three of a competition which awards technological excellence.
Steven Yull works for the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
The clinical educator was awarded third prize in the innovative technology or device category of the Bright Ideas awards in a glittering ceremony at Gateshead’s Hilton Hotel.
The Bright Ideas awards are an annual event which are designed to showcase and celebrate innovation.
The accolades are given to people working in or for the NHS in our region.
Steven came up with the idea of a specialized kitbag for nurses working in the community.
Steven said: “After holding a series of idea-generating workshops, it was identified that there was no standard set of equipment for nursing staff working in the community.
“Using staff feedback, the ideal bag contents were identified and, with the help of a local manufacturer, a specialised kitbag was designed, prototyped, piloted and then rolled out across the trust.”
Steven said the bag “has infection control principles at its heart, is easy to keep clean and can be re-stocked easily and appropriately.”
He added: “I was delighted to be awarded third place. There were some amazing entries for the awards this year, so the competition was very tough. However no one had done anything as inventive as our kitbags and I’ve had plenty of enquiries from other trusts about how they could make use of our idea.”
The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is a competition organised by NHS Innovations North in conjunction with the Academic Health Science Network for the North East & North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), inviting entries from all NHS and Clinical Commissioning Group staff who have a bright idea in the North East.
The Awards celebrate the achievements of NHS employees who believe that the service provided to patients can be improved, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery.
Other winners at the finals included a nebuliser mask regulator, an aid for people taking images of the spine, and a community treatment service for people with eating disorders, meaning they don’t have to be unnecessarily admitted to hospital.