Acute sector innovation

HSJ Awards 2016 - Acute sector innovation

Royal Free London Foundation Trust - Ambulatory lung biopsy service: a new model for the NHS

Royal Free London Foundation Trust introduced Heimlich valve management of biopsy-related pneumothorax.

This small device has allowed 99 per cent of patients to go home within an hour of insertion. As well as cost savings, the system has led to interest from NHS England.

Judges said: “A significant problem is being addressed here in a very practical way.”

Read a detailed case study about this project at HSJ Solutions


  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (Highly commended) - Non-Invasive Ventilation in Paediatric Critical Care
  • Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust - Acute Admission Pathway – Mental Health Acute Inpatient Care Service
  • Health Education England West Midlands - Pharmacists in Emergency Departments – A National Project
  • Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust - Pleural IPC Insertion Service
  • University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust - Real-Time Staff Feedback to Improve Staff Engagement and Quality of Care Delivered - The ‘Happy-App’
  • University Hospitals Southampton Foundation Trust - Out of Hours and Seven Day Services in Secondary Care
  • Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust - Emergency Floor project
  • Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust - This isn’t just Patient Flow, this is YDH Patient Flow