Innovation Competition Programme

Do you have an idea for a technological innovation that could improve patient safety and experience, simplify processes and free up nurses time to care for their patients? Are you looking for an opportunity to present your concept to developers and CNIOs? Then we have the competition for you

This year Nursing Times are launching our Innovation Competition Programme at the Nursing Times Digital Forum, looking for nurses with bold ideas on how to improve the patient journey through new technology.

Nurses are best placed to see the practical challenges existing in the wards and community and are often the ones coming with new ideas on how to improve service and free up time to care.

Nursing Times have brought together a panel of industry experts to hear your solutions.

Judges will look for innovation that:

  • Uses technology to improve patient experience and safety
  • Uses technology to improve processes and free up nurses’ time
  • Have considered how the idea will be introduced or have piloted the project in live working environments
  • Can be adopted by other departments or external organisations

These innovations should help:

  • Transform the patient experience and journey through the health system
  • Unlock additional capacity in the current system and drive efficiency
  • Improve staff experience and free up time

Judges will be looking for innovations that are at an early stage and seeking a test bed to further prove the concept.

1. Online entries:

Please submit your entry via our website by Monday, 12 September. In no more than 1000 words, please explain how your idea unlocks one (or more of the following): more capacity to cope with service demand, improves the patient experience, uses existing technologies to improve patient flow and frees up staff time. Entries should also be available and prepared to present their ideas on the event day 5th October, if successfully shortlisted.

2. Shortlisting:

Entries will be judged from online discussion between the judges and a score between 1-10, 1 being did not met and 10 having fully met the following criteria:

• Innovation

• Value

• Adaptability

• Leadership

• Collaboration

Judges will be looking for innovation that can even be simple changes but raises the bar of best practice and is evidenced by data, testimonials or patient feedback.

3. Live pitches:

Three finalists will be chosen to make our shortlist and invited to present your idea as part of the main Digital Forum programme. The shortlist should create an 8-10-minute presentation that will be followed by 10 minutes of questions from the judges. Presentations will be in front of the event audience, giving you a great opportunity to raise the profile of your work in a room full of nurse innovators.

4. Winner:

The winning entry will then be announced at the end of the conference.

The prise will be a funded place on:

First prize: Any two of the following Innovation and Entrepreneurship Courses

Runner ups (2nd and 3rd) : Any one of the following Innovation and Entrepreneurship Courses

Design Thinking for Digital Innovation - Staffordshire University (

Digital Entrepreneurship Masterclass - Staffordshire University (

Driving an Innovative Culture Through Intrapreneurship - Staffordshire University (

Entrepreneurial Marketing Masterclass - Staffordshire University (

How to Start Up Your Own Business Masterclass - Staffordshire University (

With special thanks to Staffordshire University for providing those great prizes!