1st Prize at the HEAT award 2019 for NHS Digital and TEL Innovator

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Dr Neil Vaughan has been awarded 1st Prize at the NHS Health Education and Training (HEAT) award 2019 for Digital and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Innovator.

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Dr Vaughan attended the finalists award ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in London to receive the award from Sir David Behan, Chair of Health Education England (HEE) and Prof. Ian Cumming the Chief Executive of HEE, from Health Education England (HEE). This was a national competition which received over 800 nominations which were shortlisted over a number of phases by external independent adjudicators.

The prestigious HEAT awards celebrate and recognise the very best in leadership, education, training and workforce development within the NHS.

Dr Neil Vaughan’s research in medical technology, VR and AI demonstrates impact and capability of VR and AI in medical applications. This received strong support with a research fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and previously received a string of international awards from the IET, BCS, EPSRC, NHS and ASME. Dr Vaughan commented: “It is excellent to receive another innovation award. This demonstrates the creativity and impact of this high profile leading research, which has formed strong collaborations between NHS, academia and industry.”

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The inaugural HEAT Awards (Healthcare Education and Training) were organised by Health Education England (HEE) for the first time in 2019. The HEAT Awards bring together a range of local and regional awards schemes that have been previously been run by HEE and the leadership awards previously run by NHS Leadership Academy.

Between January and April 2019,  the HEAT Awards received nearly 800 nominations from all sectors across the UK including NHS, Industry and academia. The 800 award nominations were carefully judged by external experts and whittled down to a final shortlist, with only 3 finalists in each category. The shortlist was announced in May 2019 on the HEE website: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/heat-awa

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The finalists for the 2019 HEAT Awards were invited to take part in a very special awards event held on 18th July 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians in London, combined with the annual HEE conference 2019. Many high profile attendees were present from across sectors.

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The ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians took place in the historical Library where winners were announced. Awards are signed by Sir David Behan, Chair of Health Education England (HEE) and Professor Ian Cumming the Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE).

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Dr Neil Vaughan received the HEAT award 2019 as Digital and Technology Enhanced Learning Innovator.

 

Winner of Health Gadget Hack 2018

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Received 1st place in the Hack including funding to develop the research further. This project is a collaboration with Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service to develop a VR training system. This was covered in the Emergency Service Times Magazine, shown below. More details of the Hack event can be found here.

Over 50 health and care professionals from organisations including Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board, and the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust attended the Welsh Health Gadget Hack in October 2018.

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1st Prize – Welsh Health Gadget Hack

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Winner of ‘Innovation Oscar’ at IET Innovation Awards 2016

Celebration of the ‘Innovation Oscar’ at IET Innovation Awards 2016

Bournemouth University researchers Dr Neil Vaughan and Professor Venky Dubey and  have won a prestigious Information Technology Award at the IET Innovation Awards for their Orthopaedic Simulator.Funded by the Wessex Academic Health Science Network, the simulator allows surgeons to practice on a virtual engineering-based hip model, which will improve safety and durability in hip replacements.With the growing aging population, there are 66,000 hip replacements performed annually in the UK. The simulator helps to improve surgeon’s accuracy and skill, by enabling them to practice, which will reduce the amount of surgeries which dislocate. This number currently stands at 20%.

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As well as being a considerable resource for trainee surgeons, the device will also enable current surgeons to improve their accuracy. The simulator will allow NHS surgeons to focus more on their patients, by freeing up consultancy time and reducing training costs.

Dr N Vaughan, principle investigator (PI) of the Orthopaedic Simulator project commented, “We are proud to receive this IET innovation award, which recognises our Virtual Reality simulator as a leading example of next-generation health-care technology being applied to improve the outcome for patients.”

The IET Innovation awards are considered a ‘Technological Oscar’ in science, engineering and technology.  

The judging panel commented, “The simulator was an excellent entry that is receiving international acclaim in the important application of 3D technologies within the global health industry.”

The simulator has been developed by research undertaken in a partnership between Bournemouth University and Royal Bournemouth and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

This is the first time that any team has been shortlisted for the IET award in three consecutive years and also won this IET innovation award twice in two separate years for two separate innovations.

When asked about the award Professor Dubey commented, “It is marvellous winning another innovation award. This is testimony of our hard work and ingenuity that we put in to our projects. This is the third year in a row that we have won the Innovation Awards,”

“This confirms that BU is second to none when it comes to innovation. We’d like to thank our collaborators and partners who have supported our projects over the years.”

2016 IET Innovation Award for Orthopaedic Simulator

2016 IET Innovation Award for Orthopaedic Simulator

Shortlisted for the IET Innovation Awards 2016

Virtual reality based training simulator to help improve safety and durability in hip replacement, has been shortlisted for two awards.

A virtual reality based simulator to help improve safety and durability in hip replacement has been shortlisted for two Innovation Awards from the Institute of Engineering & Technology(IET). The Orthopaedic Simulator has been developed by research undertaken between Bournemouth University and Bournemouth and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Funded by Wessex Academic Health Science Network, the simulator allows surgeons to practice on a virtual engineering-based hip model. With the growing aging population, there are 66,000 hip replacements annually performed in the UK. This simulator helps to improve surgeon’s accuracy and skill, by enabling them to practice and reduce the amount of surgeries which dislocate. The number of surgeries that dislocate currently stands at 20%. As well as being a considerable resource for trainee surgeons, the device will also enable current surgeons to improve their accuracy. This means that the simulator allows NHS surgeons to focus more on their patients. The simulator was created by  Dr Neil Vaughan  and Professor Venky Dubey of Bournemouth University, which looking ahead will help the NHS to reduce their training costs and will free up consultancy time.

When asked to comment on the nominations Professor Dubey said, “We are very pleased to know that our project has been shortlisted yet again for Innovation Awards by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Previously we won the IET Innovation Award in 2013 for our Epidural Project then shortlisted for Neuropathy Project in 2015. This is confirmation of world-class research conducted by our team at BU and the innovation that we bring to the projects. Before shortlisting the Awarding Body visited us to see our innovations and this is even more glorifying that they endorsed the potential of our projects. We are quite delighted that with these recognitions many companies, investors and researchers are coming forward to work/collaborate with us.”

The categories the simulator has been nominated for are Information Technology and Model-based Engineering. The finalists were selected from 28 countries for this year’s Innovation Award. This is a fantastic achievement for the team at Bournemouth University. The awards ceremony will take place on 16 November at the Brewery, London.

For more information  see the IET News website here.

Winner of Acorn Funding Award

Winner and Shortlisted for Acorn Funding at Headquarters of the UK Department of Health

Dr Neil Vaughan and Dr Venky Dubey, two members of BU Data Science Initiative, have been invited to the Headquarters of the UK Department of Health at Richmond House, Whitehall. The team will present 2 technology projects, in collaboration with Professor Michael Wee from Poole Hospital and Professor Tamas Hickish from Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Both BU projects are shortlisted for the £10,000 Acorn Challenge Funding, against 9 competing finalist teams selected from across the UK.

Headquarters of the Department of Health at Richmond House, Whitehall

Headquarters of the Department of Health at Richmond House, Whitehall

Dr Neil Vaughan and Dr Venky Dubey will present their work to the Expert Judging Panel, chaired by senior professors including the National Clinical Director for Innovation at NHS England.

The prestigious location beside Parliament in Westminster is where the ministerial team and key officials are based.

The showcase event on 7th December 2015 will be the final stage for this highly competitive funding. The funding results were announced before Christmas.

1. “Device for Peripheral Neuropathy” (Winner £10,000)
2. “Development of an Epidural Simulator” (Runner up)

Three Highly Commended Innovation Awards from IET

BU researchers receive ‘highly commended’ in three categories at the Institution of Engineering and Technology awards

Congratulations Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Neil Vaughan and Dr Venky Dubey for receiving ‘highly commended’ in three categories at the Institution of Engineering and Technology awards.  They and their collaborators – Bournemouth University, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital Trust – were nominated for a smartphone device for monitoring sensation loss in patients with diabetes, which enables patients to self-monitor their symptoms and wirelessly transmit their results to their consultants.

Over time, people with diabetes can develop nerve damage, caused by prolonged exposure to high blood glucose levels. Sensation loss needs to be monitored by medical professionals to try and limit further damage. The severity of the nerve damage will dictate the frequency of hospital visits, but it can be as often as monthly which is quite time intensive for both patient and consultant.

The device, created by Dr Neil Vaughan a Postdoctoral Researcher and supervised by Dr Venky Dubey, involved the development of a smartphone app and a 3D probe fitted to the phone. The 3D probe is designed to vibrate, according to the intensity set by the app, which helps to analyse the levels of sensation loss in a patient. This data, along with basic details such as weight and height, are recorded by the app and can be transmitted to a GP or consultant who can monitor the need for further treatment or check-ups. As well as being a considerable time saver for both patients and medical professionals, the device also helps to give patients more control over their care.

Having their work recognised at an international level and placed in the same categories as organisations such as BT, Lockheed Martin and QinetiQ is a real achievement and is a tribute to the excellent work carried out by the research team involved.

Nominated for three IET awards 2015

Nominated for three IET awards – Smartphone device for diabetic tele-monitoring.

A smartphone device for monitoring sensation loss in patients with diabetes has been nominated for three awards at the Institute of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards. The device, developed by Bournemouth University, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital Trust enables patients to self-monitor their symptoms and wirelessly transmit their results to their consultants.Over time, people with diabetes can develop nerve damage, caused by prolonged exposure to high blood glucose levels. Sensation loss needs to be monitored by medical professionals to try and limit further damage. The severity of the nerve damage will dictate the frequency of hospital visits, but it can be as often as monthly which is quite time intensive for both patient and consultant.

The device, created by Dr Neil Vaughan a Postdoctoral Researcher, supervised by Dr Venky Dubey, involved the development of a smartphone app and a 3D probe fitted to the phone. The 3D probe is designed to vibrate, according to the intensity set by the app, which helps to analyse the levels of sensation loss in a patient. This data, along with basic details such as weight and height, are recorded by the app and can be transmitted to a GP or consultant who can monitor the need for further treatment or check-ups. As well as being a considerable time saver for both patients and medical professionals, the device also helps to give patients more control over their care.

Commenting on the nomination, Dr Dubey said, “I’m very pleased that our device has been nominated for three awards as it recognises the hard work that went into the project and its potential to make a difference to patient care. Looking to the future, we hope to run clinical trials to test the device and gain patient feedback so that we are able to improve it further before its commercial potential is realised.”

The smartphone app and 3D probe have been nominated for three awards at the Institute of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards. The categories the team have been nominated for are communication, healthcare technologies and measurement in action. The awards ceremony will be held on 18th November in London.

Postgraduate Research Prize

Dr. Neil Vaughan is awarded the 2014 Postgraduate Research Prize at BU

Dr. Neil Vaughan has been announced as winner of the 2014 Postgraduate Research Prize, presented by Prof. John Vinney, Vice-chancellor of Bournemouth University. The prize is award to the most outstanding post-graduate researcher across all schools and faculties delivering most impact, progress, performance and achievement. The award was judged be the University Executive Team (UET) including Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Vinney and Pro-vice Chancellor Research & Innovation, Prof. John Fletcher. The PhD research within the BU Data Science Institute has also won several other international awards and scholarships.The prize was presented by Prof. John Vinney, Vice Chancellor of BU during the 2014 graduation ceremony for Faculty of Science and Technology at the Bournemouth International Center (BIC).

Dr. Neil Vaughan is awarded Best PGR Research Award 2014 - presented by Prof. John Vinney, Vice Chancellor. In the background is Prof John Fletcher, Pro-vice of Research & Innovation.

Dr. Neil Vaughan is awarded Best PGR Research Award 2014 – presented by Prof. John Vinney, Vice Chancellor. In the background is Prof John Fletcher, Pro-vice of Research & Innovation.

This award follows a string of international awards, prizes and recognition for the developed PhD Epidural Simulator research. Dr Vaughan’s epidural PhD research has been recipient of a number of international awards, including:

Dr Neil Vaughan is now a post-doctoral researcher, at the Data Science Institute, Bournemouth University. The award winning Epidural Simulator is further described on the BU research website and was listed in the BU Annual Review 2014 and was presented in the house of commons to UK national MPs.

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Dr Neil Vaughan’s PhD Epidural Research shortlisted for THE Awards 2014

The Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital research team who developed a medical device to make epidurals safer and more effective, were celebrating being shortlisted for the THE Awards 2014 in London last night.

The project was nominated for Outstanding ICT initiative of the Year and – although pipped to the post by the Open University – being shortlisted for an award of this calibre is an incredible achievement and honour.

BU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor John Fletcher was at the ceremony. He said: “Congratulations to the NHS-BU team for being shortlisted. We were very worthy contestants.  I felt privileged and proud to share the evening with such a successful team.”

The clinical project was initially proposed by the senior consultant anesthetist at Poole Hospital, Professor Mike Wee. The device was developed by Dr Neil Vaughan for his PhD, supervised by Professor Wee and Dr Venky Dubey. Dr Richard Isaacs – now at Southampton General Hospital – was also part of the research team. Prof Bogdan Gabrys, Director of Data Science Institute was part of the research team. All four, pictured here, were at the awards ceremony, along with colleagues from across the university who have supported this innovative and important project.

Image: (From Top left) Dr Neil Vaughan, Prof Bogdan Gabrys, Dr Richard Isaacs.

Comedian Jack Dee hosted proceedings, sharing his unique and entertaining take on the Higher Education sector!

A full list of categories and winners can be viewed on the THE website. The event organisers also took over £9000 in donations for the Institute of International Education’s ‘Scholar Rescue Fund’; a charity that has led global efforts to rescue threatened scholars and students.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners and thank you to THE for such organising such a fabulous evening! 

Image: (Top left clockwise) Dr Venky Dubey, Dr Neil Vaughan, Dr Richard Isaacs, Professor Mike Wee.