Birmingham Children’s Hospital recognised for innovation excellence

Apr 19, 2013 14:47 BST
Birmingham Children’s Hospital has proved that they are leaders in innovation, after picking up a coveted award at this year’s Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Beating off tough competition from other businesses across Birmingham, Interim Chief Executive David Melbourne accepted the Excellence in Innovation award on behalf of the hospital, at last night’s inaugural event.

Judges decided to give the award to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in recognition of their three new patient-focused technologies that have been launched over the last 12 months.

Last summer they rolled out a new electronic food ordering system which patients can use to order and rate their food. A research pilot also began on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which took Formula 1 technology and adapted it into a patient-focused system which closely monitors each child.

Most recently the hospital became the first in the UK to develop and launch a feedback app for smartphones, which other NHS Trusts across the country are now planning to implement.

Interim Chief Executive David Melbourne, who accepted the award on behalf of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our innovation. At Birmingham Children’s Hospital we measure our success by the quality of care that we provide, the feedback that we receive and our improved patient outcomes. We don’t do gimmicks, we ensure that whatever new technology we introduce is aligned with the needs of our patients.

Speaking about the feedback app, he added: “Developing and introducing the feedback app was an exceptionally bold and innovative move for an NHS Trust. As an organisation we welcome all feedback and most importantly we are not afraid of hearing about what we’re getting wrong, simply because it gives us the opportunity to make it right.”

Held at International Convention Centre, the Annual Dinner and Awards – celebrating 200 years of the Chamber of Commerce – was attended by over 600 people. The evening’s key note speaker – for the second year running – was Lord Michael Heseltine.

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