Empowering change, improving quality

We need your great ideas to tackle some of healthcare’s biggest challenges, make services smarter and better and save money too.

Whether a clinical breakthrough, or an idea that could spread and be recognised nationally, you could win up to £1m. Click on the challenges below to see how.

Innovation Challenges

Focusing on the NHS’ priority areas, a new set of challenges will be announced in the New Year.

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Up to £150k to be won

Breakthrough Challenges

3 priority areas, each with a £1million prize

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£1million top prize

Dementia Partnership Challenge

Improving the lives of people with dementia through integrated care. Now closed for entries.

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Up to £150k to be won

Innovations from frontline staff recognised in NHS Innovation Awards

Innovations from frontline NHS staff, including a new test for liver disease based on technology developed to identify ripe cheese, a team of pedaling paramedics and a fully-integrated, GP-led dementia service are the top prize winners of this year’s prestigious NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes announced at a ceremony in London.

The prizes, now in their third year, are designed to identify, showcase and spread groundbreaking new ideas that will help solve some of the biggest challenges the NHS faces today.  They include the new NHS Innovation Challenge for Dementia, in collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, which aims to identify better integrated care approaches for dementia, which affects 800,000 people in the UK.

The next round of NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes will be announced in the New Year.

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Have you seen our Breakthrough Challenges in the fields of Dementia, Diabetes and Stroke? Register your interest in hearing further information about these challenges HERE.


Integrated GP-led memory service lands top prize in NHS dementia challenge

A new integrated dementia service, run by a consortium of 162 GPs across 41 practices in Staffordshire, has landed the top award in the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia. The Prize, run in collaboration with Janssen Healthcare Innovation, was set up this year to identify and reward innovative approaches for dementia, one of the biggest problems […] Read more.

Dementia Partnership Challenge attracts record application numbers!

With the closing of our Dementia Partnership Challenge on Wednesday 4 September, 48 applications were received from across the Health and Social care sector. This is the largest response we have had to a single challenge and we’re all very excited about it! The applications are now being reviewed by our Panel (whose biographies are available […] Read more.


@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  RT @NHS_Innovation: Come meet the innovation team at stand E22 #Expo14NHS

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  RT @NHS_Innovation: Professor Sir Malcolm Grant is discussing innovation in the NHS. What do you think we should concentrate on? #Expo14NHS

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  Find out about £50k winning Carpal Tunnel Syndrome innovation @3.15 at NHS Challenge Prizes stand #Expo14NHS #NHSICP

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  Find out about £35k winning Early Intervention Dementia Service @2.30 at NHS Challenge prizes stand #Expo14NHS #NHSICP

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  Find out about £100k winner Headsmart childhood brain tumour campaign @1.45 at NHS Challenge prizes stand #Expo14NHS #NHSICP

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  Find out about £100k winning innovation for home haemodialysis @1 at NHS Challenge Prizes stand #Expo14NHS #NHSICP

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  Janssen Healthcare Innovation speaking at our stand @12.15 at #Expo14NHS #NHSICP – find out about our NHS/Industry partnership

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  @11.15am Find out about NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes from Richard Stubbs. NHSICP stand at the entrance to #Expo14NHS

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  At #Expo14NHS today? Make sure you visit the Challenge Prizes stand and find out what we are doing #NHSICP

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  RT @helenbevan: An amazing 382,000 pledges so far for #NHSChangeDay Each one represents intent to make a difference for patients, public &/…

@ChallengePrizes 1 month ago  We're looking forward to #Expo14NHS day 2! Come and see us to learn more about what we're doing to support frontline innovation.

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  Missed our #NHSICP winning innovators today? Don’t worry more talks 2moro only at #Expo14NHS

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  Find out about £50k winning innovation to reduce falls in elderly @2 at NHS Challenge Prizes stand #Expo14NHS #NHSICP

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  Interested in learning more about rewarding and celebrating frontline innovation? Come and see us at #Expo14NHS near the main entrance!

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  @my2pennies showcasing our work with industry to encourage, recognise and reward frontline innovation! Come and see us this pm to learn more

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  RT @richarddstubbs: Ian Smyth, from our great partner Janssen, talking about our @ChallengePrizes dementia prize partnership. #Expo14NHS ht…

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  Ian Smyth from JHI celebrating our partnership with them to deliver the challenge prizes http://t.co/Twdhwv7HNW

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  Janssen Healthcare Innovation speaking at our stand @1 at entrance to #Expo14NHS #NHSICP – find out about our NHS/Industry partnership

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  Andrew Hindle and Annette Darby talking about Dudley Dementia Services now, come and see us! #Expo14NHS

@ChallengePrizes 2 months ago  RT @my2pennies: #Expo14NHS kicks off. Are you a front line innovator? Come and see us at NHS Innovation @ChallengePrizes, @NHSExpo http://t…

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Winners News

winners-newsProfessor Shennan (pictured) and his team at St Thomas’s Hospital have won our biggest prize to date. The team won £150,000 in February 2013 for the Pre-term Surveillance Clinic which provides a package of care to high risk pregnancies. Their interventions have resulted in reduction of more than 14% in pre-term births despite receiving referrals from all over the country.