Awards to ‘create spark’ between decision makers and health workers

13 May 2015, 1:51 pm

The first ‘unawards’ to recognise innovation in the provision of health and wellbeing services have been launched, inviting entries from local authorities as well as ‘everyday people trying to solve real world problems.’

mHealth Habitat health and wellbeing innovation awardsThe People-Driven Digital unAwards 2015 (#PDDAwards15) are “for people who have found clever ways to solve everyday problems through technology”, according to the organisation behind the awards, mHealth Habitat.

The awards were launched in answer to “a hunch that digital innovators often don’t get recognised”, according to the organisation.

mHealth Habitat will consider entries from projects that have developed digital tools and services such as mobile apps, as well as existing digital technologies and platforms for health or wellbeing services, for example, a Twitter peer-support group.

“It came about from going to lots of events which felt very industry-led and we were aware of lots of innovation being driven in small pockets and by individuals”, mHealth Habitat Programme Director Victoria Betton told Local Digital. “We wanted to bring their endeavours to the attention of senior people in the NHS and beyond”.

According to a blog post by Betton, the awards will give “public recognition, appreciation and validation” to people in the field of health care and wellbeing innovation; remove the barriers to entering awards by creating something inexpensive and accessible; and to “create a spark” between people working on the ground and decision makers.

mHealth Habitat is a Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust programme funded by several partners across Leeds. It takes a collaborative approach to developing and designing digital tools to support health and wellbeing, working with people who access health services, coders, developers, designers and service design specialists who work outside of the NHS.

The awards are free to enter and the winners will be announced at a free event for shortlisted projects. Apply for an award by filling in a short form online.

The deadline is 24 May.