And the winners are…Leading Healthcare Awards 2021 results

The submissions are in, the guest judges have voted, the results have been announced and the awards are set to be posted. That’s it for April’s Leading Healthcare Awards 2021 – but who were the winners?

If you didn’t get chance to follow our awards evening and special guest video announcements on Twitter, here’s a run-down of our winning and highly commended entries for each category.

From all the team at Leading Healthcare, we also want to send out a big thank you to all the fantastic projects, innovations and initiatives that submitted an entry, as well as our judges panel and everyone who took part in the process and got involved. It’s always fascinating to see what the present – and the future – holds for healthcare, so we can’t wait to see the entries for the next awards…see you there.

But back to this year. And a drum roll please…

Best Remote Monitoring Solution

Winner: Oxehealth – contact-free remote monitoring technology in mental health settings. The tech uses an optical sensor in a secure housing to monitor patients in rooms, enabling clinicians to receive alerts and reports on clinical risk factors and complete safety checks without disturbing patients.

Highly Commended: Advanced Digital Innovation Limited – MND remote monitoring. Healthcare tech firm ADI and the University of Sheffield Institute for Translational Research worked with Sheffield Teaching Hospital to deliver a remote monitoring and communication tool for patients with motor neurone disease, and their clinicians.

Patient Safety

Winner: Patient Safety Learning – the hub – a unique patient safety learning and engagement platform. The hub is a digital space where clinicians and patients can connect and share information on patient safety.

Highly Commended: Intouch with Health – Supporting social distancing measures and infection prevention at Poole Hospital with mobile patient check-in. Using the Intouch Mobile Appointment Manager app, visiting outpatients can check-in using an app on their smartphone or tablet, as soon they arrive.

Partnership of the Year

Winner: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust & Inform Health – to deliver fully-electronic management of COVID-19 staff testing. The system assigns appointments, sends text confirmations, directs staff at the site and allows details to be confirmed and samples taken in an average of 95 seconds, before being submitted for same-day testing.

Highly Commended: Vita Health Group and Limbic – Working in partnership to develop an innovative digital chatbot to increase access to primary care mental health services, and elevate the patient experience. The bot enhances access to NHS Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and streamlines referrals via digital questionnaires.

Digital Transformation

Winner: everyLIFE Technologies Limited – Promoting safer, efficient social care using up-to-date GP information at the point of care, across domiciliary, residential and complex care settings. Within the first month of its staggered roll out, over 1,300 care receivers were benefiting from GP Connect data within the integrated PASS care management system and the rollout continues nationwide. 

Highly Commended: Diet Care – a provider of health and nutritional food and weight management programmes.  It supports thousands of members daily across 100 outlets and also has its own microbiology lab.

Excellence in Supporting Patients

Winner: Newton Medical Centre – Project CARe (COVID-impact Assessment & Response project). An initiative by Dr Olukayode Adeeko of Newton Medical Centre and GP placement students from the University of Liverpool, the project virtually assessed patients at risk of direct or in-direct impacts of COVID-19 and provided practical help when required. 

Highly Commended: Whittington Health NHS Trust – Nutrition and Dietetics Weight Management Group Consultations. Faced with pausing the programme during the pandemic, the team quickly embraced virtual group sessions via Microsoft Teams, saving time and providing continued support to patients.

Excellence in Innovation

Winner: Tekihealth Solutions Ltd – A remote diagnostic consultation solution used in care homes. Placed in several care homes across the UK, the Teki-Hub innovation enables clinicians to carry out remote physical examinations of residents through a diagnostic device with a high-resolution video and still camera, no-touch infrared basal thermometer, stethoscope, otoscope and tongue depressor attachments.

Highly commended: Clinical Prevention and Rehabilitation Ltd – Rehabilitating Cardiac Rehabilitation. CP+R, a high-performance exercise rehabilitation service, offers bespoke exercise and nutrition interventions to patients with cardiac and cancer diagnoses.

Overall Winner

NHS Business Services Authority & Difrent – Successfully improving digital services across the NHS for the people they’re designed to serve.