Bury hospital worker gets national award

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 February 2015

Laura Wilkes

Laura Wilkes


A Bury St Edmunds hospital worker responsible for helping bright ideas become a reality at West Suffolk Hospital has been awarded the runners-up prize in a national competition.

Library and knowledge services manager Laura Wilkes won the accolade at the National Library Quality Assurance Framework Sally Hernando Awards for Innovation.

It comes in recognition of her work as an “innovation scout”, which sees her help individuals develop ideas for improvements or new ways of working.

“I really enjoy working as an innovation scout, which I fit in alongside my day job in the library,” said Ms Wilkes, who won £150 to spend in the department as her prize. “I find the ideas which people come up with – and the steps you need to take to protect those creative processes – really interesting.

“I’ve come across some fascinating innovations since taking up the role. This includes new pathways for stroke care and inventions for fixing oxygen bottles to beds.

“It’s true that often the simplest things can make the biggest difference.”

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