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Innovative ideas from across the Oxford University Hospital Trust have received expert support in a bid to help them realise their patient potential.

Four projects have been supported by the inaugural OUH Innovation Challenge ranging from a novel walking aid design to a new biomaterial to repair soft tissue.

Trust non-executive director Chris Goard, who chaired the assessment panel, said: “Innovation is at the heart of improving healthcare and is a key strength of Oxford University Hospitals. All our staff play a vital role in delivering care and it is their expertise and experience that gives rise to brilliant ideas. This competition, open to everyone, is about tapping into that and giving great ideas the support they need to get to next level.  Ultimately, it is ideas like these that will benefit patients and clinical teams. The innovation we saw from across the Trust was outstanding.

The competition was open to all OUH staff and is part of OUH’s drive to increase awareness of innovation and to build links with industrial partners.  The aim was to develop solutions for unmet medical needs and to improve the OUH services for patients. 

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