Awards - Now closed for Applications: The Innovation and Diffusion Awards 2016

The South West London System (SWLS), Health Innovation Network (HIN) and Health Education England working across south London, can announce that applications for the 2016 Innovation and Diffusion Awards are now closed, incorporating the south London Innovation Small Grants and Recognition Award programmes. All entries are now being reviewed by and winners will be notified in October.

South London Innovation Small Grants

The award of grants to stimulate innovation has been a feature of the work programmes of Health Education England’s (HEE) work across south London, the Health Innovation Network (HIN) and South West London System (SWLS) for the last few years.

Following the recent integration of the SWLS and HIN, the successful SWLS Small Grants programme is being combined with the SLMC Innovation Grants and Recognition Awards to form the South London Innovation Small Grants and Recognition Awards 2016.

Our joint aim is to encourage innovation that addresses the gaps highlighted in the Five Year Forward View:

  • The Health and Wellbeing Gap shifting our focus to prevention and early intervention
  • The Care and Quality Gap – reshaping care delivery, harnessing technology, and driving down variations in the quality and safety of care, to better meet patient needs.
  • The Funding and Efficiency Gap – improving efficiency with reasonable funding levels, maximising value and redesigning services

An additional aim is to support the HIN’s priority of driving economic growth, creating an environment where industry and the health and social care sectors can work more effectively together.

We recognise the importance of supporting innovation to help deliver local priorities, particularly the ambitions of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

The South London Innovation Small Grants 2016 will support 15-20 projects with a maximum award of up to £10,000 each. By focusing on smaller awards, our aim is to encourage creativity and innovation and to make the projects more accessible to people who would not otherwise engage with this type of activity.    

South London Recognition Awards

The Recognition Awards celebrate excellence in innovation and education across south London, which is vital to ensure a thriving health and wealth economy. Entries are open to individuals, teams or organisations providing patient care in south London. 

The categories for nomination are:

  • Inspiring Innovator of the Year

    • The Health Innovation Network works across our health and care system in South London as a catalyst and enabler, focused on creating a culture of innovation, system-wide collaboration, improving health and promoting economic growth.  We want to encourage and support individuals who aspire to these aims and this award recognises an individual in south London who has made an exceptional achievement in the implementation of a proven innovation or service improvement in the south London health and care system. 

  • Inspiring Educator of the Year

    • This award recognises those who mentor, supervise or train people “on the job”. Every day inspiring educators that help and support the learning of students, trainees, preceptors and colleagues who have inspired learners to grow and achieve their potential. Inspiring educators not only share best practice and new skills, they are role models for their values and attitudes and use every experience as a learning opportunity. If you are a student, trainee or learner and somebody has really made a special effort to support, help and inspire you in your work please nominate them for this award. We are also looking for the courses and education settings that.

      Nominations in this category should be either for people employed in formal education roles (i.e. tutors, lecturers etc) who have gone above and beyond to support and inspire OR for clinical educators i.e. people employed as clinicians who have gone the extra mile to support learners in the clinical setting.

  • Promoting Collaboration and Inclusion

    • Collaboration and inclusion is fundamental to the way we need to make improvements across health and care in South London. We are looking for teams or programmes that achieve this through either widening or spreading participation in one of these areas. Nominations in this category will be either for encouraging band 1-4 staff to increase contribution to improving patient outcomes by celebrating an individual or team that provide, or who are helping to provide, high quality, creative care which enhances the quality of life for the patient OR an individual or team that are helping improve care through the spreading of evidence-based innovations and improvements.

  • Apprentice of the Year

    • This award is for staff who are recruited as apprentices and for current staff who are studying for apprenticeships. Staff can be in clinical and non-clinical roles. Studying for an apprenticeship can have a really positive impact on somebody personally as well as in their work. We want to shine the light on those development journeys. We are searching for people who have really engaged with the education programme but who have balanced work, study and home life. We are looking for apprentices who have made a difference and we want to hear about their next steps. Through this award we want to highlight the contribution that apprentices make to the NHS. Apprentices must have started their course during 2015/16

  • Patient Safety Champion

    • In South London our Patient Safety Collaborative promotes learning, listening and being responsive to the needs and concerns of patients and carers. This award will recognise an individual or team who has made exceptional progress in implementing an evidenced, innovative patient safety initiative in South London but which has the potential to be rolled out for wider adoption.  

  • Implementing Improvements
    • This award will recognise a team or programme who can demonstrate, using clear evidence, the successful implementation of either an innovative training or education programme OR an innovative technology that has the potential to be spread across other sites or settings.

How to Apply

To apply for a South London Innovation Small Grant, please follow this link and complete an application form:

To make a nomination for a Recognition Award, please complete the application at this link:

The deadline for both Innovation Small Grants and Recognition Awards is 5pm on Tuesday 26 July 2016.