Healthcare Collaboration in Focus at LifeScience Annual Awards

Thursday March 2nd, 2017 saw organisations and individuals from across the North of England honoured at the annual Medilink Yorkshire & Humber Healthcare Business Awards 2017, a celebration of the continued vibrancy and success of the life sciences sector.


The Medilink Award event rewarded the world-class quality healthcare services and products developed by academia, the NHS and industry. The awards were made as follows:

Innovation Award: 365 Response

Described as “Uber for healthcare,” this cloud-based logistics platform supports front line staff by reducing the time taken on making ambulance bookings. Shortlisted were Brandon Medical, Intastop, Mednet, GB UK Healthcare

Partnership with Academia Award: Innovate Orthopaedics

Innovate Orthopaedics designs and manufactures products in orthopaedic sports surgery. It has worked with the University of Sheffield Medical AMRC and Imperial College on the concept design, development and prototyping of its Quick-Start Screw for ligament replacement surgery. Just two years old, Innovate already has customers in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. Shortlisted were The Sheffield College, HMA

Export Achievement Award: Sheffield Precision Medical

Sheffield Precision Medical has enjoyed a 58 per cent increase in export sales over the last year and new market development is at 85 per cent. Judges said the business was providing jobs and increasing efficiencies through lights-out machining and in the tough market of Japan. Shortlisted were Brandon Medical, Surgical Innovations Group

Start-up Award: Attigo CIC

Creative healthcare agency Attigo CIC has secured projects with four major pharmaceutical brands in the first nine months of incorporation. It works principally with clients from the life sciences sector, third sector and healthcare providers, including the NHS. Attigo CIC has targeted senior leaders in the pharmaceutical industry to gain support and win business. Shortlisted were Barnsley Healthcare Federation, Innovate Orthopaedics, Safehand Consulting, Prime Fifty.

Skills Development Award: Made in Barnsley – Barnsley Healthcare Federation

Made in Barnsley aims to develop the skills needed in an area facing an acute shortage of healthcare professionals and address many school pupils’ belief that the only opportunities to pursue a career in the sector relate to becoming a doctor or nurse. Shortlisted were Attigo CIC, Sheffield Precision Medical, Aseptic Unit, B. Braun Medical UK Ltd, The Avenue Medical Practice:

Partnership with the NHS, Advances in Digital Healthcare Award: Advanced Digital Innovation (UK)

Advanced Digital Innovation (UK) worked with Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and clinical specialists to redesign the chronic pain pathway across the city. Judges said this was a particularly strong category but ADI has a combination of strengths in that it tackled important issues around chronic pain and had developed a cost-effective app. Shortlised were Dynamic Health Systems Services; SCH NHS Foundation Trust and TBG Solutions; XML Solutions

Partnership with the NHS, Patient Engagement Award: mHabitat for MindWell

mHabitat for MindWell is a trading arm of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. mHabitat delivered the Mindwell online information hub for mental health in Leeds. Mindwell’s aim is to be an accessible information resource to be used by the public and health and care practitioners. It had more than 4,000 visits to the site in its first three weeks. Judges said it was setting the standard for interacting with citizens and many organisations want to work with them. Shortlisted were NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, The Avenue Medical Practice

Partnership with the NHS, Primary Care Award: i-HEART: Barnsley Healthcare Federation

Launched to create additional capacity to meet rising demands on GP surgeries, during its first year of operations, i-HEART provided advice to 22,000 patients, resulting in an average reduction in A&E admissions by 100 patients per week. Shortlisted were The Avenue Medical Practice, Sheffield City Trust

Partnership with the NHS, Technology Adoption Award: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

The trust has now gone paperless and no longer has to record transactions in a paper register. Security and its audit trail have also improved as access to the cabinet is via fingerprint. Shortlisted were Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and TBG Solutions; The Avenue Medical Practice

Outstanding Achievement Award: Tissuemed Ltd.

In May 2016 Tissuemed received regulatory approval from the Chinese FDA for its TissuePatch range of surgical sealant films. With fewer than 20 employees, the company achieved the registration ahead of multibillion-dollar global corporations. The awards judges said that Tissuemed had shown true tenacity and potentially opened up a huge market. Shortlisted were Mednet; Aseptic Unit, B. Braun Medical Ltd.

Beacon for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare Award: Professor Peter Selby

Professor Peter Selby has held programme grants from Cancer Research UK, the European Research Council, and NIHR in the area of biomarker and proteomics research, biotherapy and clinical and patient-centred research for 25 years. He has authored more than 500 publications and held £50m in external funding. Professor Selby is the President of the Association of Cancer Physicians, an NIHR Senior Investigator, President of the European Cancer Concord and a member of Council and the Research Strategy Committee of Cancer Research UK.

Medilink Comments

Kevin Kiely, chief executive of Medilink, said: “This sector is perhaps unique in that it does not only make a significant contribution to the region’s economy but also to the lives of every one of us, through development of new medicines, medical devices, diagnostics and digital health applications.” The event was held in partnership with Insider and headline sponsor, the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network. It was also sponsored by HGF; Creative Sheffield; and Translate: Medical Technologies, and raised money for Candlelighters.

Source: Medilink Yorkshire and Humber

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