Clinical educator Steven Yull was awarded third prize in the innovative technology or device category of the Bright Ideas awards in a glittering ceremony at Gateshead’s Hilton Hotel.
The Bright Ideas awards are an annual event and are designed to showcase and celebrate the innovations of people working in or for the NHS in our region.
Steven said: “After holding a series of idea-generating workshops, it was identified that there was no standard set of equipment for nursing staff working in the community. Using staff feedback, the ideal bag contents were identified and, with the help of a local manufacturer, a specialised kitbag was designed, prototyped, piloted and then rolled out across the trust. The bag has infection control principles at its heart, is easy to keep clean and can be re-stocked easily and appropriately.
“I was delighted to be awarded third place. There were some amazing entries for the awards this year, so the competition was very tough. However no one had done anything as inventive as our kitbags and I’ve had plenty of enquiries from other trusts about how they could make use of our idea.”