Paramedic wins major prize

Simon Coward, Director of Innovation, Hethel; Sally Boor, East of England Ambulance Service and Chris Armstrong, Health Enterprise East. Credit: East of England Ambulance Service

A paramedic is celebrating winning funding worth £5,000 to help develop her idea for a new spinal board to make it safer when moving patients.

Sally Boor won the first Innovation Voucher Scheme launched by Health Enterprise East

The award was sponsored by Hethel Innovation, based at Hethel Engineering Centre near Norwich.

Sally, who is based at Melbourn in Cambridgeshire, designed a new spinal longboard for safer and more effective mobilisation of patients, who have suffered spinal,neck or head injuries.

Chris Armstrong, Marketing Manager at HEE said:

Sally Boor added:

HEE’s Innovation Voucher Scheme invited ideas for medical devices, clinical equipment, diagnostic assays and kits or software applications. The Voucher can be used to develop the idea in terms of feasibility research, product design and development or filing IP, patents or design rights.