FOUR inventive ideas from employees of Cambridgeshire NHS Trusts for new products and services have been shortlisted for an award for their potential to improve patient care. The innovations include a personal opththalmic diagnostic system (PODS), devised to replace more expensive devices currently used for visual function assessment, and a device to reduce the risk of syringe mis-labelling. Other shortlisted ideas include videos to optimise babble and speech outcomes in cleft palate care and a risk to health indicator which presents the risks associated with certain lifestyle factors in a diagrammatic format. The 2010 Innovation Competition has been organised by Papworth-based Health Enterprise East (HEE), the NHS innovation hub for the East of England. Winners will receive prizes totalling £20,000 in an awards ceremony next month. This year marks the sixth anniversary of the competition, which requires entrants to put forward innovations across five categories: medical technology, software & ICT, patient safety, moving care closer to home and tackling inequalities. Dr Anne Blackwood, HEE chief executive, said: We have been impressed by the number and range of entries we have received across the five categories. The three new ones - patient safety, moving care closer to home and tackling inequalities - reflect current healthcare priorities and have attracted a wide range of innovations to meet these challenges.