Frontline healthcare staff are being invited to help shape the next generation of NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes.
An online consultation portal has gone live this week, allowing anyone interested in the innovation agenda to submit ideas about what the next round of prizes should look like. The site also acts as a platform for analysis and debate.
Miles Ayling, Director of Innovation at NHS England, said: 'It makes sense for those with the greatest insight into the problems facing the NHS to play a leading role in helping to devise the solutions. This year we are opening up the challenge-setting process to the largest possible audience by using a web-based crowdsourcing approach.
'Anyone, regardless of organisation or job role, can request log-in details for the new digital portal. Once there, they will be able to pose specific challenges to an invited audience, share their insights on existing challenges, suggest ideas for solutions and vote for the ideas that they think will have the greatest impact.
The NHS Innovation Challenge Prize is one of four challenge prizes launched in 2010.
It is designed to encourage, recognise and reward innovative healthcare practices and ideas, all of the prizes are aimed at frontline staff along with partners in social care and the voluntary sector and private sectors.
Contributors to the crowdsourcing site must be registered before they can take part. Anyone interested in joining the debate or submitting a challenge idea should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request log-in details.
More information about the challenge prize programme is available at www.nhschallengeprizes.org