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Have an idea, not sure what to do? Meet a selection of HEE's innovators who share their experiences and useful advice along the innovation pathway.

Dr Andrew Michell

Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation: Ulnar Splint

Briefly describe your idea
Many patients present with tingling affecting their little and ring fingers. The advice given by doctors is generally to (a) avoid pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow, and (b) avoid prolonged elbow flexion – yet there is no splint designed to accomplish this.

We have developed a novel splint designed for first line treatment of the symptoms of ulnar nerve entrapment – a common problem. The two key novel features are: (a) a flexible exoskeleton to protect the nerve from direct pressure, and (b) a simple method whereby flexion of the elbow can be restricted when required.

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Dr Tamsin Brown

Community Paediatrician

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Invention: Hear Glue Ear

Briefly describe your idea
An inexpensive off the shelf bone conduction headset to help children with glue ear. Hearing loss is often associated with the condition due to an accumulation of fluid in the middle ear; the device by-passes the middle ear when transferring sound and aids hearing in affected children.

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Dr Vincent Gnanapragasam

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Innovation: CAMPROBE (Cambridge Prostate Biopsy Device)

Briefly describe your idea
A safer and more accurate device to perform perineal prostate biopsies in an outpatient setting under local anaesthetic as an alternative to the standard transrectal biopsies.

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