Intellectual Property and Patents

Innovation Forum members benefit from access to intellectual property support from the team. We ensure that all necessary steps are in place for protecting new ideas through the commercialisation process.

We also provide portfolio management, searches for existing products and patent applications, assistance with filing for patents applications, copyright, design right and trade marking to ensure innovations have the protection required during development.


If you have an innovative programme or product, or would like to find out more about Intellectual Property considerations in relation to a healthcare innovation, please drop us an email at [email protected]

Trust/Organisation: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and ELM Alliance Limited

Overview: The aim of the PREPWELL programme is to identify ways that healthcare teams can help patients prepare for treatments and surgery to help them to make a better recovery. PREPWELL is a one-stop preoperative health and wellbeing programme for patients undergoing major surgery and/ or other hospital treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The idea was initially conceived and implemented by Prof. Gerard Danjoux at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust who engaged with the Trust innovation team, led by Sharon Brown. Through Sharon’s involvement with the Innovation Forum, the PREPWELL team were able to tap into a number of support provisions.

Primarily, the Innovation Forum supported the team with advice and guidance around intellectual property by facilitating assistance and advice from Victoria Christie (AHSN NENC Intellectual Property and Contracts Manager) to ensure that the creation and recognition of the programme remind the property of the Trust.

Additionally, the Innovation Forum and wider AHSN NENC team were able to support the PREWELL team to create a website, supporting marketing materials and a comms strategy to launch the programme. This communications support created the opportunity to encourage spread and adoption across, and outside of, the Trust.

Following an initial pilot of the programme, PREPWELL is now an online resource that can be used by Trusts nationally. In 2020. The PREPWELL team were runners up in the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Team of the Year category of the British Medical Journal Awards, recognising the innovative nature of the programme, which is making a huge difference to patient recovery.

Paul Baker, director for research and innovation at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, ‘This is a really successful programme and the team have done a great job. Evidence shows that patients taking part in the programme have more confidence and less anxiety about going into surgery and they also continue to be more active after surgery. It is supporting patients to make healthier lifestyle choices, which is having a positive impact on their overall health.’


If you would like to find out more about the PREPWELL programme, please visit their website