iCare innovation development programme funds innovative projects to enhance patient care in Bradford

The Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s iCare innovation development programme is funding innovative projects to enhance patient care, including a sensory and edible garden, a therapeutic intervention for young people, and staff training videos.

The iCare programme helps staff to develop and grow their innovative ideas, and a panel of judges selects winners from across the trust, who then receive funding for further development over twelve months.

One of the projects already created through the programme involves the development of neurodevelopmental team webpages for the trust’s website, which provide advice and support, along with a range of self-help resources, for young people and their families awaiting an autism or ADHD assessment.

Other projects utilised the funding to improve the hospital experience for patients at the Airedale Centre for Mental Health, building a sensory and edible garden for a therapeutic horticultural programme; created a therapeutic intervention for young people using sensory toys; and developing training videos for staff on the use of hospital beds on community settings.

Therese Patten, chief executive of the trust, said: “As a trust we are delighted to have the chance to enhance our care, as much as possible, throughout this programme. We are pleased to support projects that can make a positive change at our Trust and the wider healthcare sector and are delighted to recognise and celebrate these fantastic individuals, who are dedicated to innovation and making a difference to people’s lives every day.”

To learn more about the programme and its funded projects, please click here.

Elsewhere in innovation, 12 small to medium enterprises based in India, have been selected for Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber’s Propel@YH Boot Camp, a programme designed to bring global health innovations to the region and to provide the SMEs with support and masterclass content delivered by a range of healthcare partners.

Also, applications opened on the 31st October for SBRI Healthcare’s Competition 24: Delivering a Net Zero NHS for a Healthier Future, with early-stage innovations encouraged to apply to help “accelerate the development of greener innovations towards a more sustainable healthcare system”.