Dragons' Den Critical Care Innovation Project


  1. Dragons' Den 2022 winner
  2. Dragons' Den 2021 winner
  3. Dragons' Den 2020 winner

Dragons' Den 2022 winner

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Dragons Den winner is Carla McClintock, from Queen’s University Belfast and Staff Nurse at Altnagelvin Hospital, Western Health and Social Care Trust (Derry - Northern Ireland) .  Her project will investigate a new speech recognition app called SRAVI (Speech Recognition Application for Voice Impaired) which has been developed by Liopa, a Belfast-based company.  This project aims to establish the feasibility and acceptability of implementing SRAVI for critical care patients with a tracheostomy who are unable to communicate using verbal speech. SRAVI can be downloaded onto any smart device with a camera and when the device is held in front of a patient, it tracks their lip movements and identifies the phrases being mouthed into text on the device screen.  An innovative and exciting new communication aid, SRAVI could potentially improve the communication process for patients, relatives and staff.

We look forward to hearing more about this project at the BACCN National 2023 conference in Nottingham

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Dragons' Den 2021 winner

We are pleased to announce the Dragons' Den 2021 winner is  Lisa McIlmurray from Queen’s University. Her project: “A Nudge in the Right Direction- an electronic quality improvement tool to support multidisciplinary ventilation weaning will support a multi-disciplinary team of staff to design an electronic quality improvement (eQI) nudge tool to aid invasive mechanical ventilation weaning decision-making. This device streams data in real time to provide alerts with recommendations to accelerate weaning. A brilliant and exciting project which will make a real difference to bedside patient care and outcomes. We cannot wait to hear the outcome of her project in Belfast at our 2022 Conference.

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Dragons' Den 2020 winner

We are pleased to announce the Dragon's Den 2020 winner is Lisa McDonnell, Staff Nurse, Intensive Care, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust: Critical Care in a District General Hospital: a novel approach to rehabilitation in Critical Care

In 2020 our three Dragons were Melanie Gager (Nurse Consultant in critical care, Royal Berkshire NHS Trust), Louise Gallie (former ICU patient) and me (Suzanne Bench, Professor of critical care nursing, London South Bank University). Despite stiff competition from her other two shortlisted competitors, Lisa’s passionate pitch and defence of her innovation during the Dragons’ questions secured her a critical care unit membership and £1600 towards development of a critical care rehabilitation table. We look forward to welcoming Lisa to our 2021 conference in Belfast to update us on her progress. Well done Lisa!

Update Sept 2021 - Due to unforeseen circumstances Lisa has not been able to take her project forward.

We also welcomed our winners from the 2019 Dragons' Den competition back to conference this year. James Craig and Kevin Watret shared their experiences of developing an Emergency Transfer App (ETA) using the £2000 awarded to them by the BACCN. We look forward to further updates in the future.  Please see a recent chat by Karin Gerber with James and Kevin talking about their experience.

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