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CORE Blimey! R+I supported project wins another award!

BHT Research and Innovation supported project wins Community Choice Prize in international design award!

Supporting the development of innovative products and services that improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, their families and our community is an important part of what we do at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.


We're delighted to announce that one of the projects we partnered on a successful Innovate UK grant, Releaf Freedom, has won another award, this time the Community Choice Prize in the Health and Wellness category of the Core77 Design Awards 2022. This follows hot on the heels of winning the Runner-Up prize, awarded by a panel of leading product designers in this prestigious international design competition.


The Trust’s Cardiology and Community teams, supported by the Research and Innovation Team, helped Binding Sciences, an Oxfordshire medical devices company, develop this novel handheld urinal. The device is designed with a particular focus on the needs of patients with poor mobility or dexterity, and for seated use by females.


The first clinical trial of the device was carried out at BHT supported by Mr Piers Clifford, consultant cardiologist, and Nicola Bowers, Clinical Academic Nurse Lead for Integrated Medicine.









“We’re delighted that Releaf Freedom won this award as it’s voted for by members of the public. We’re very grateful to the BHT patients, staff, and members of the public who voted for the project. It’s great to see our work being recognised by both the global design community and the public in such a prestigious competition”, commented Chris Cleaver, Research & Innovation Manager at BHT.

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