EPIC 2017

Enabling Practice Innovation Challenge (EPIC) 2017

Identify a problem in health and social care practice and a solution. This may be product based or it may be a redesign of practice and procedure.

There are prizes of £500 for the winning team, £300 for second prize and four prizes of £100 for runners up. All finalists will receive a certificate.

Remember – small ideas can grow into great ones – let’s see how far yours can go…

For those of you prepared to give it a go – thank you – I’m sure it will be a really powerful experience that will teach you a great deal.

This competition is open to third year undergraduate students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Health Professions.

EPIC 2017 has evolved from previous years’ Nursing and Midwifery Challenge and you can see some of the entries and winners below.

SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

Stage one: a written application introducing your idea. You’re encouraged to think about how it may be developed and implemented into practice. Try to give as much detail as possible as it is from this information that you will be shortlisted.

Download the application form and return to Louise Winfield no later than 5pm on 5 May 2017.

Then, shortlisting takes place and successful applicants move onto:

Stage two: finalists are invited to present their idea to a panel of judges – we like to call them dragons! – on 1 June 2017 in an event in the Rolle Building. All people who submit to the challenge may register free to attend the event.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2015 - winner

Star of the shift by Lucy Birch

The star of the shift is a concept, which if introduced, would be practiced during handovers of care on the ward. Attached to the ward whiteboard would be a small box stating: Star of the shift is ……….[name] because……….[reason].

The star of the shift idea is all about giving nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals the recognition and appreciation they deserve. It aims to increase morale within the workplace creating a positive culture leading to increased job satisfaction and enhanced patient care.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2015 - finalists

2015 finalists Annabel Frost, Connie Wisniewski, Zoe Smith, Melanie Doidge and Rebecca Sims with winner Lucy Birch.

2015 finalists innovations included

Paperless nursing by Annabel Frost, which incorporates the use of technology in the form of a hand held device containing patient information and their care plan.

Midwifery assistance call bell by Connie Wisniewski and Zoe Smith, which implements an intermediate call bell system into a busy labour ward to allow midwives in a room to call in another midwife.

Homebirth information leaflet by Melanie Doidge, which improves women’s ability to make an informed choice regarding birthplace.

Identity card by Rebecca Sims, which provides vital patient details such as: name, date of birth, GP name and practice, diagnosed medical conditions (past medical history), allergies, current medications, and next of kin details.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - winners

Unmasking mental health TV advert: throughout the advert these professionals will be wearing a white mask on their face to represent how often mental health problems are concealed, as in certain professions there are expectations and stigmatisation.

2014 winners: Maddi Heath Kelly, Hannah Good, Daisy Osbourne, Joanna Hunter, Maria Banys and Nicola Coleman.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - runner up 

Maddy Stephens came a close runner up with her idea for a Workload Whiteboard:

The workload whiteboard functions as a visual platform where information of the nurses’ workload can be easily communicated to the multidisciplinary team throughout the day. Information such as outstanding assessments, timings for nursing interventions and general cues can be noted. In turn, the workload whiteboard increases productivity and safety by ensuring care is seamless and completed at appropriate times. Consequently, the workload whiteboard solves the issue of searching for information within patient files. Furthermore, the boards serve as a communication pathway which resolves confusion regarding task completion.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - winner of the interprofessional prize

Charlotte Lorraine won the Interprofessional Prize, deciding to focus on HbA1c Tracking:

My idea is not just to document this information on a clinic sheet, but also on a graph that is colour coded to raise attention to above acceptable HbA1C levels. It will be an obs chart style system to provide at a glance information for all health professionals involved with the care in a patients journey. It can be used to aid visual information for patients that they are at an increased risk of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) and further complications linked with poor glucose control.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2014 - finalists

Inter-professional learning (IPL) by Keziah Hazelton:

I am proposing the implementation of student-led inter-professional learning (IPL) session, which requires students to draw on knowledge and experience from their specialism to facilitate learning in others. The sessions will be varied, including debating sessions around key topic agendas (i.e. organ donation laws, assisted death etc.), scenario based learning (requiring students to work in a team to plan care for a patient) and sessions around stereotypes and judgements of professional roles.

SBAR tool by Emma Gale:

The SBAR tool reduces the barriers of communication and is an easy to remember memory prompt. It reduces the incidence of missed communications and points to action and making a plan. These features of the SBAR tool are what are currently missing in the tool we have in place for maternity triage. Introducing the SBAR tool into triage, I hope that women will have the confidence to stay at home until there is a clinical need to come into hospital.

Nursing and Midwifery Challenge 2013

Watch the video from the 2013 challenge

Carl Brooks-Plunkett - 2013 winner

It's a fantastic opportunity to show yourself and your colleagues that you can make a difference to the care that patients and their families receive. The Challenge helped me to get a job in paediatric intensive care.

Sarah Richards - 2013 winner

The challenge gave me the confidence and belief that I could make a difference to patient care. Winning has opened many doors, creating new opportunities and demonstrating that new ideas can bring about big changes in terms of health outcomes.