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NHS Innovations North is delivering innovation in healthcare through The Innovation Pathway, a project managed and delivered by RTC North with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria.

Providing a range of services to help get innovative products, processes and services into the healthcare market. Innovators from the NHS or industry can access professional services to help turn great ideas in to reality.

To help protect bright ideas, we provide advice and practical support on intellectual property (IP). We can also provide competitor analysis and market research.

Funded Support for Innovation

NHS Innovations North is committed to supporting closer working relationships between local companies and the NHS and can provide support with the development and commercialisation of innovative ideas.

Eligible companies can access both free and subsidised services for projects which lead to the development of new healthcare products. From strategic planning, market strategy and helping companies to access proof of concept and other forms of funding, the programme is also designed to help you navigate the complex NHS landscape including clinical commissioning cycles, regulatory assistance and approval such as CE Marking, support with adoption by NICE, clinical trials and procurement advice.

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The Bright Ideas in Health Awards

In terms of celebrating success, The Bright Ideas in Health Awards is the leading healthcare event for the North East and Cumbria region, most recently being attended by more than 400 delegates.

Organised by NHS Innovations North, the awards were established in 2003 and celebrate the achievements of NHS employees and businesses in the healthcare sector.

The aim of the Awards is to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams working within the NHS, industry and academia, who have risen to the challenge of telling us how and where, they believe that improvements to the service provided to patients can be made, either through a technical innovation or through better service delivery.

The 2015 competition included three new categories: SME Innovation in Healthcare; CCG Innovation in Healthcare; and the Patient and Public Involvement category sponsored by the Clinical Research Network: North East and North Cumbria.

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