2024 Awards

Bladder & Bowel UK Product Innovation Award

The 2024 Bladder & Bowel UK Product Innovation Award is now open for submissions.

The end date is 31st May 2024

Judging takes place June – July and the award will be announced at the start of August 2024.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please email  marketing@disabledliving.co.uk.

About the award

The Bladder & Bowel UK Product Innovation Award recognises design-led solutions to the real needs of people with bladder and/or bowel issues. The award celebrates a product whose design takes into account proven patient need, and which meets this need using patient-centred design, ultimately improving patient quality of life. 

It will be judged by a panel including clinicians who specialise in bladder and/or bowel care, representatives from research and academia, and members of the public living with bladder and/or bowel issues. 

Eligibility

Applications are open to any product which demonstrably improves patient quality of life and places patient needs at the centre of their design. Pharmaceutical products (i.e. medication) are not eligible for entry. Applications are open to products launched or relaunched between 1st January 2023 and 31st May 2024.

How to apply

The application portal is accessed via the ‘Apply Now’ button. Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:

Briefly provide context to the issue: What significant patient need does the product meet? How were patients and/or their families engaged in the conception, design and trial of the product? What input on the final design did patients and/or their families have? How does the product better meet the need of patients than alternative solutions? How does it support improved patient health and/or improve quality of life outcomes? How is this measured and evaluated?

Applicants will submit:

  • A short product description (maximum 100 words)
  • A digital presentation or video about the product (maximum five minutes)
  • Two videos – one for each group of judges – can be provided if desired
  • A document in PDF format containing text, images and graphics about the products (maximum three pages). Two documents – one for each group of judges – can be provided if desired.

Awards

The winner will receive an award from Bladder & Bowel UK, and a digital media pack (including a graphic for promotional use, certificate, and quote from the judging panel), feature on the award page of www.bbuk.org.uk, social media exposure and mentioned in Bladder & Bowel UK’s newsletters. A representative of the winning company will be invited to deliver a ten-minute presentation at a  Bladder & Bowel UK symposia for professionals working in the continence field, taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena on the 25th of September 2024. The winner will be informed at the start of August 2024.

Key dates

The application portal is accessed via the button above and will be available until 31st May 2024.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please email  marketing@disabledliving.co.uk.

2023 Product Innovation Award winner

Ontex won the Bladder & Bowel UK Product Innovation Award for the Orizon SMART, a rechargeable sensor that attaches to smart continence products and notifies when a product needs changing. It’s an incontinence product with a printed sensor, transmitter clip and mobile & web application.

The Orizon SMART accurately reports product saturation level and leakage risk, alerting carers when to change the product – enabling individual support for residents.

The team received a media pack and the opportunity to present at Bladder & Bowel UK’s 2024 professional training symposia, taking place on 7th March at Bolton Arena.