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Doctor wins innovation award

joel-copperthwaiteA junior doctor at Airedale Hospital has been praised after winning an Innovation Champion Award for his pioneering training aid.

Dr Joel Copperthwaite was the Business Case winner at the recent Innovation Showcase event delivered in partnership by the Yorkshire & Humber and North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and their respective Innovation Champion and Innovation Scout Network partners, Medipex Ltd and NHS Innovations North.

Dr Copperthwaite is a clinical fellow in the Steeton hospital’s emergency department and has produced a training aid that demonstrates how to insert a tube, known as a central line, into the neck vein. The line is used to monitor critically ill patients and administer medications.

He said: “Currently we’re exploring the options around patenting the device and linking in with other Trusts to help test it and confirm its usability. The Innovation Champion award of £1,000 will go towards taking my invention further.

“The testing phase and comparison trials with other existing devices will take several months, but then I hope to have a product that we can start to manufacture and sell.”

Carl Greatrex, Head of Innovation and Adoption at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN commented: “We were really impressed with the comprehensive and high quality business case from Dr Copperthwaite. His innovative device has the potential to really contribute to delivering safer care for patients both regionally and nationally.”

Dr Fabian Seymour, Innovation Manager at Medipex, who co-manages the Innovation Champion Network, said: “I’m delighted for Dr Copperthwaite and Airedale Hospital on receiving this award, which I hope will kick start the development of his idea.”

The Innovation Champion Network aims to empower individuals to promote and support innovative activities within their NHS organisations, to encourage colleagues to come forward with their ideas and inventions and promote the spread and adoption of new best practice and technologies between NHS organisations.

  • On January 20th 2017, Airedale Hospital will be the host for the next Innovation Champion workshop focused on how to identify unmet clinical needs and scope solutions, with resources for more staff to become involved in innovation projects.
  • Participants will be invited to examine problems, consider potential solutions and then develop their ideas.

For more information about the Innovation Champion Network and how to join, please visit its website