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CORE77 Design Awards recognition for BHT project!

BHT Research and Innovation supported project, wins international design award!

Supporting the development of innovative products and services that improve the heath 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 been named as runner-up in the Health and Wellness category of the Core77 Design Awards 2022 and is now in the running to win the Community Choice Prize in this prestigious international design competition.


The Trust’s Cardiology and Community teams 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.






“It’s great to see our work recognised in such a prestigious competition”, commented Chris Cleaver, Research & Innovation Manager at BHT.


“Over the past two years the Research & Innovation Department and the Trust’s clinicians have helped Binding Sciences take Releaf Freedom from concept, through clinical trials, to making a positive difference to the lives of people with urinary continence issues. 


Core77 is highly regarded in the international design community. For one of our innovation projects to win this award alongside the likes of Philips and the designers of the Fitbit is a feather in our caps.

Now, we have the opportunity to go one step further and win the Core77 Community Choice Prize, which is voted for by the public. That would be a great way to round off the project”, added Chris.

You can vote for Releaf Freedom by clicking HERE and then clicking on “Vote for this project”.  Voting ends on Tuesday 27th July.

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