Accolade for turning ideas into reality at West Suffolk Hospital

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An innovation scout responsible for helping to turn bright ideas into a reality at West Suffolk Hospital has been awarded a runners-up prize in a national competition.

Laura Wilkes, library and knowledge services manager, received the accolade in the marketing category of the National Library Quality Assurance Framework Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation.

Laura Wilkes ANL-151002-124458001

Laura Wilkes ANL-151002-124458001

It recognises her work as an innovation scout, which sees her help individuals develop ideas for improvements or new ways of working. The award includes £150 to spend in the department.

She said: “I’ve come across some fascinating innovations since taking up the role. This includes new pathways for stroke care and inventions for fixing oxygen bottles to beds as well as the Rose Vital tray, which one of our healthcare assistants came up with to help patients clean their hands and get a good night’s sleep.”

She has also played a key role in organising a Dragons event, which is scheduled for March and will see staff pitch their ideas to members of the hospital’s executive team with the aim of attracting funding.

Assistant librarian Beverly Walsh and technician James Allen were also recognised in the awards.