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This workshop looks at the initial stages of the Innovation development Line:

– Understanding the problem – what actually is the problem you’ve identified that needs working on?

– Is it completely unique to your organisation or do other organisations suffer from this? Are there any existing solutions you are perhaps not aware of and how to find out?

– How examining the root nature of the problem can help determine a set of measures your solution must meet in order to have the best chances of success

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It is free to any current Innovation Champion, anyone interested in joining the Innovation Champion Network, or anyone from a Medipex/Yorkshire & Humber AHSN member NHS organisation who has an interest in developing a new idea/innovation/invention.


Many inventors (and particularly scientists and engineers [guilty as charged!]) tend to come up with great solutions to no known problem. How can we search for genuine and widespread clinical unmet need? How can we help inventors determine whether the problem they are facing is local requiring a local ‘quick fix’ solution or major investment toward a potentially disruptive new technology/service?

Even when we have identified a problem, how can we scope our solution so that the user will actually use it and want it? How can we try and ensure that during its development, another piece of technology doesn’t supersede it?

Whatever the problem/solution and the scale of it, we will need to develop a new innovation disclosure form to discuss with managers within our organisation to see whether it’s a case of ‘close’ or ‘small fix and internal development’. If we feel that it is a bit bigger than we can do ourselves, may contain hard IP and a commercial partner we might think about taking the idea to Medipex. This review and putting our information together in an Innovation Disclosure Form is the first major step in realising our idea. We will look at how to ensure we have all the necessary information needed.

This is a popular and interactive workshop which will provide a guide and tools that you can use in your organisation. We’ll be holding it at Airedale General Hospital in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales

The outline and further details can be downloaded here

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The course is held in the Clinical Skills Centre, location B21, Ward 22 here at Airedale Hospital. For visitors, when you enter the hospital grounds, keep to the left and follow the signs for Car Park 3, once you have parked head back towards Building 18 which is the Education Centre. When in the Centre’s reception turn right along the corridor, to the end and again turn right, through a set of double doors there are lifts or stair to the 4th floor, through the doors straight to the bottom and into the Clinical Skills Centre, there will be signs from the Education Centre reception. Attached is a map of the hospital and a parking permit for you if required.


20th January 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Fabian Seymour


Ward 22, Airedale General Hospital
Skipton Road, Steeton,
Keighley, BD20 6TD United Kingdom
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