Judgement day

Judging criteria

Six judges, all expert in their respective fields, made up the judging panel. The criteria on which they judged the 14 teams who made final presentations were as follows:

  1. 1. Health Impact: Does the solution have the potential for widespread public health impact? Does it address an important challenge identified?
  2. 2. Innovation: How technologically innovative and creative is the solution ('better/faster/cheaper')? Does the team provide a convincing rationale for why their solution may work, and do they address significant technical issues relevant to their problem?
  3. 3. Business Model: Does the project have a sustainable business model? Does the team demonstrate plans to incorporate end-user feedback?
  4. 4. Presentation: How effective was the presentation? Does this team have what it takes to carry on the project and implement it (e.g. cross-disciplinary expertise in technology development, clinical medicine and business/implementation)?

Judging panel

  • Fiona Carragher

    Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England

    Fiona is the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England, supporting the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare science workforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 45 separate scientific specialisms.

    A Consultant Clinical Biochemist by background, Fiona has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities, providing professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the health and care system as well as working with senior leaders within both the NHS England and the wider NHS. Given her background, she has a particular responsibility to provide clinical advice and professional leadership for pathology within NHS England.

    Fiona has significant experience in both public health and treatment and care, having led and worked in multi-professional teams for two decades at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Kings College Hospital, London - with a focus on providing high quality, innovative laboratory services. Most recently she led a number of specialised laboratories for the diagnosis and monitoring of inherited metabolic disease and was Director of Newborn Screening for the South East Thames Region.

    As Scientific Director for NHS London she led a number of broader healthcare science projects including technology adoption and leadership development, and created a proactive scientific and diagnostics network across the capital that supports quality improvement and effective commissioning.

    She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and is a member of multi-professional organisations such as the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine and British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group.

    Lisa Butland

    Director of Innovation and Research at the Innovation Agency

    Prior to this role Lisa worked at NHS England where she was instrumental in the establishment and development of all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) making England the first country in the world to have universal coverage of AHSN-like organisations. Lisa's experience in the fields of innovation and research include roles in the Leeds, York and Bradford CLAHRC and running the NHS National Innovation Challenge Prize Programme as part of Innovation, Health and Wealth.

    Lisa has had a number of Director-level positions within the NHS in Leeds, covering Planning & Performance, Capital Planning & Commissioning and Marketing.

    Eula Hersey

    Community Service Representative and Dementia Trainer - Home Instead Senior Care Warrington, United Kingdom Non profit Organisation Management

    Board Trustee - Halton Carers Centre

    One of several members who form part of the Board of Trustees that is responsible for controlling the organisation's strategy and management within the context of its Charitable Purposes and the terms of its constitution.

    Community Service Representative and Dementia Trainer - Home Instead (Frodsham and Halton)

    A well established and highly respected independent UK home care provider, Home Instead Senior Care is part of a worldwide organisation devoted to providing the highest-quality care for older people in the comfort of their own homes. We offer a wide range of one-to-one services tailor made to the needs of the individual. Eula's role includes delivering training and workshops to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

    Trustee - Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action

    One of several members who form part of the Board of Trustees responsible for controlling the organisation's strategy and management within the context of its Charitable Purposes and the terms of its constitution.

    Ian Turner

    seconded into the DH/LGA team implementing the Care Act

    Ian Turner read Pure and Applied Mathematics at Newcastle University before joining International Computers Ltd ( now part of Fujitsu) in the early 1970's. He worked as a programmer, then within operating system support, marketing, project management, and sales management.

    In 1984 he bought a property and converted it into a Nursing Home. He has now developed this into six Homes with 270 beds, all within East Anglia, offering Nursing and Residential Care to older people, and those living with dementia. Ian has chaired the Registered Nursing Home Association for the past ten years.

    Jackie Marshall-Cyrus

    Innovation UK

    Jackie is a Consulting Innovation Strategist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A former Lead Specialist in Health and Lifesciences at Innovate UK, she provides insight and sector expertise to innovative companies and organisations targeting ageing, inclusion, health and social care as future market opportunities.

    Jackie has led a number of significant collaborative programmes underpinned by disruptive innovation including dallas (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale) and the Long Term Care Revolution national challenge. She has supported and led collaborations with the Design Council, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Arts, NHS England, the Royal Society of Public Health, Natwest, Carers UK, and the EU’s Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme.

    Jackie is renowned for thought leadership, expertise on ageing, innovation, inspiration and inclusion. She challenges conventional thinking and practice, helping people and providers to see the familiar in unfamiliar ways. She encourages organisations to re-imagine, innovate, motivate and implement big ideas for commercial success and delight for people.

    Mandy Nagra

    Senior Manager in the New Care Models Programme, Care Homes, NHS England, which is part of the Five Year Forward View

    Mandy has worked in hospital, community services and industry, beginning her clinical career in Pharmacy. Her first management role was with a clinical network followed by a senior commissioning role within Specialised Commissioning. She has held a range of senior leadership roles within NHS England including those relating to the Cancer Drug Fund and the Seven Day services programme, working with the Chief Scientific Officer's team to support and develop diagnostic and scientific services. She has also worked for NHS England's Payment and Pricing Team and led work relating to the development of new payment systems for Community services.

    Previous roles have included working with several Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) to develop a range of tools to support the monitoring of quality within care homes.