Developing innovative NHS ideas

Innovation is often a new concept to many who work within the primary care sector. To address this, HI NENC is working in collaboration with the primary care workforce to create a culture which supports the development of innovative ideas.

Our Programme Manager, Emma Richardson, works with primary care staff with an interest in innovation, or those seeking to progress an innovative idea. She supports frontline staff across the North East and North Cumbria region to capture these innovative ideas and turn them into novel products or services for the benefit of the healthcare sector and patients. NHS staff also work with Emma to identify issues or challenges in need of a resolution, and we source potential solutions through our Unmet Need or System Challenges.

Emma engages with stakeholders across dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and general practice to identify innovation related knowledge or skill gaps and we provide ongoing support, training and development through showcase events and Lunch & Learn sessions.

Do you have an innovative idea that you’d like our help progressing? Emma Richardson supports any member of staff working in primary care to support the development of innovative ideas. Get in touch at [email protected]


Current and past projects

Evaluation report – Eko Core Digital Stethoscope

As part of the Digital Pioneers programme, HI NENC conducted an evaluation of an Eko Core Digital Stethoscope. This electronic stethoscope facilitates amplification, filtering, and transmission of auscultation sound data. The evaluation aim is to gauge the device’s potential, with the possibility of expanding it into a larger project.

Expressions of interest were sought to identify interested participants, comprisingboth general practitioners, trainee GPs, and other health professionals who would evaluate and test the device. Subsequently, the devices were sent to these participants for a 10-12 week testing phase. Following the testing period, individual recorded interviews were conducted to explore their reasons for testing the device, usage patterns, anticipated benefits, perceived value, and frequency of use, among other aspects.

Findings from the evaluation were compiled into a report, which can be downloaded below.

Download report

To find out more please contact Anne Richardson.

Innovative pilot to digitise public health messaging in community pharmacy

Funded and supported by the Digital Pioneers programme, community pharmacies in the region have taken part in a pilot to digitise public health messages.

Rather than traditional leaflets and posters, 20 pharmacies in Durham have installed digital screens which promote healthier lifestyle campaigns..

Find out more in this 4-minute short film.

To find out more about the pilot please contact Emma Richardson.