23rd February, 2017


Wednesday 22 February 2017

The winners of the 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards have been announced at a special presentation ceremony in London today, as part of the DigitalHealth.London/collaborate event.

Over 120 NHS leaders from across London’s health ecosystem were present to hear Juliet Bauer, Director of Digital Experience at NHS England, present the winning individuals and teams with trophies and certificates, as she praised their leadership and forward-thinking approach to driving innovation and sustainability within their NHS organisations.

The winners are:

mymindAward for Digital Innovation: NELFT NHS Foundation Trust ‘MyMind’ app project team
The MyMind app has been co-designed by young people and clinicians alongside NELFT’s in-house IT team. Offering preventative support and improved communication for children and young people suffering with mental health conditions, the functionality of the MyMind app enables young service users to complete their own outcome measures and instant message with clinicians, all whilst automatically updating the electronic patient record.


sarah-newcombeAward for Digital Leadership: Sarah Newcombe, Clinical Site Practitioner, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Sarah led the implementation of a clinical communication tool to aid prompt recognition of deteriorating children and enabling Trust-wide visibility of all patients. Judges were impressed by Sarah’s commitment to prioritising colleague engagement and supporting staff to adopt this technology, as well as her determination and passion to improve the recognition and response to deteriorating children in her care.


stephanieAward for Sustainability through Digital: Stephanie Mansell, Consultant Physiotherapist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Stephanie was instrumental in introducing the application of modem technology as standard care for patients receiving non-invasive ventilation (NIV) at home. Her forward-thinking has ensured that the Trust is delivering optimal therapy for patients. As a result, the Trust has been able to offer more remote problem solving, reducing the need for outpatient appointments, increasing efficiency and improving patient experience.

Yinka Makinde, Programme Director at DigitalHealth.London, commented:

“There is some incredible work within the digital health space taking place across London’s NHS to transform outcomes and to benefit staff and patients. DigitalHealth.London is delighted to recognise the intrapreneurship, courage and forward-thinking ways of the dedicated individuals and teams leading this through the NHS Digital Pioneer Awards, as supported by NHS England.

“We look forward to championing all of our brilliant winners and finalists, and showcasing their ongoing work and further progression, with the aim of inspiring the adoption and acceleration of digital innovation across the NHS, for the benefit of patients and populations.”

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2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards: winners and finalists

Award for Digital Leadership

  • Professor Martin Cowie, Professor of Cardiology and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, Imperial College London, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Bahman Nedjat-Shokouhi, Specialist Registrar, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, St Mark’s Hospital Foundation
  • Sarah Newcombe, Clinical Site Practitioner, Great Ormond Street Hospital (winner)

Award for Digital Innovation

  • Shafi Ahmed, Consultant Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • NELFT NHS Foundation Trust ‘MyMind’ project team (winner)
  • The Royal Marsden Pain Team supported by The Katie Compson Foundation
  • Dr Marcela Vizcaychipi, Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Award for Sustainability through Digital

  • Dr Laura Hopkins, Clinical Teaching Fellow/Medical Registrar, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stephanie Mansell, Consultant Physiotherapist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (winner)
  • Andrew Raynes, IM & T Programme Director, Barking havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust