News & Updates

Leveraging Microsoft PowerBI to bring our departmental data to life

15 September 2020

By Akkash Purani, Senior Improvement Data Analyst. The QI department have changed their yearly objectives (April-March) to 90-day objectives, allowing them to be more reactive and flexible during the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach is to strengthen   data collection and analysis so that the team can understand and analyse their work during the initial stages of… Read More



Learning Disabilities Psychological Therapies making sense together: What changed during COVID-19?

15 September 2020

By Doranne McDonald and Carlos Santos, Improvement Advisors On 14 July, 2020, members of the Learning Disabilities (LD) Psychological Therapies team from Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, and Bedfordshire & Luton, came together to reflect on their experiences during COVID 19, and the changes their service have had to make as a result. The participants included:… Read More



ELFT’s virtual Quality Improvement (QI) Collaborative with London Healthy Partnership (HLP) Continues Efforts To Reduce HIV Infections in London by 2030

2 September 2020

By Marco Aurelio, Improvement Advisor  In the latest of our series of updates around ELFT’s support of a QI Collaborative, hear about how some of the organisations involved are getting on with their projects  Since the beginning of 2020, twelve organisations have come together five times, as part of a Quality Improvement Collaborative. Two of these sessions were held face-to-face, and three virtually, as a result of    COVID-19.   The most recent events were held on 1 July and 14 August respectively. The aim of these sessions was to understand how the QI projects were progressing; to share learning; and for the organisations… Read More



SHAPING OUR FUTURE: Bedfordshire Inpatient Mental Health achievements under the pressure during Covid-19

25 August 2020

By Sher Kayani, Improvement Advisor The onset of the pandemic and lockdown has undoubtedly had a tremendous impact on the inpatient mental health services. The inpatient teams have been responding to the needs of covid-19 by making multiple adaptations and innovations in the way they deliver their care. Some of these changes include reconfiguration of… Read More



City and Hackney: Nurturing the roots of change using projects and daily improvement tools during the pandemic

20 August 2020

By Francisco Frasquilho, Senior Improvement Advisor The pandemic crisis has led to urgent and rapid changes to healthcare. How does Quality Improvement fit in with an ever changing environment, especially during an era of unprecedented stress on an already burdened system? What does QI look like in the time of the pandemic, and how can… Read More


City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health

Newham Community Group Programme Shaping Their Future

20 August 2020

 By Doranne McDonald, Improvement Advisor Members of the Community Group Programme team in Newham (a complement of occupational therapists, occupational therapy technicians, psychologists, a sports psychologist, social worker and service users), recently participated in two different workshops, on 24 June, and 8 July, 2020, respectively, to reflect on their experiences, and the changes the service… Read More



Community Health Newham Service Users & Carers Lead the Way

20 August 2020

By Susan Alfred, Improvement Advisor Congratulations to the Community Health Newham (CHN) directorate for delivering two firsts in their directorate on Tuesday 21st July 2020.  With a mixed team of enthusiastic service users, carers and staff the directorate saw – Their first service user/carer inspired and led project officially started and Their first project launch… Read More



A Quality Improvement Approach to DNAnudge/COVID-19 Point-of-Care Testing in Mental Health

14 August 2020

By Jamie Stafford, Senior Improvement Advisor In recent months, a team of staff in Tower Hamlets have begun using Quality Improvement to try and improve Point-of-Care COVID-19 testing, in order to reduce the amount of time service users are required to spend in isolation, thereby improving service user and staff experience. In order to structure… Read More



‘Shaping our Future’ Workshop in Newham Psychological Therapies’ Service

14 August 2020

On the 21st of July over 30 service users and staff from Newham Psychological Therapies (PTS) team came together to spend time reflecting on experiences of COVID-19 and to think how this could affect future services going forward. The session was co-designed with the members of the team and facilitated by colleagues from People Participation,… Read More



Newham Older Adults Shaping Their Future

13 August 2020

 By Sian Bowl, Newham Performance Lead Recently, members of the Older Adults Community team in Newham, came together to spend some time reflecting on the changes the service has made in response to COVID-19, and to think about the way the service could look in the future, facilitated by colleagues from the QI, Performance, and… Read More



Using Improvement Tools

10 July 2020

“Forensics newsflash! With so much change over the past few months, the Forensics directorate have really had to their utilise improvement tools. They have mapped out the causes and effects of racial inequality using a ‘fishbone diagram’. A ‘sketchnote’ has been drawn to communicate a new quality improvement project. A plan to mitigate the impact of Covid19 has been laid out using… Read More



Shaping the Future of ‘Integrated Discharge Hubs’ in Bedfordshire

8 July 2020

By Michael Mcghee, Carlos Santos, Susan Alfred, Carole Green, Gopal Waddon and Amrus Ali The Bedfordshire Community Health Services (BCHS) held a ‘Shaping Our Future’ Workshop on 10th June 2020, gathering fascinating insights about the next steps for their ‘Integrated Discharge Hubs’ in both Luton & Dunstable (L&D) and Bedford hospitals. The workshop was attended… Read More



Quality Department ‘Virtual Away Day’

29 June 2020

A personal reflection by Katherine Brittin, Associate Director of Quality Improvement. The Quality Department hosted their first ‘proper’ virtual ‘away day’ on 26 June. What I mean by ‘proper’, is that it was designed with intent to utilise the technology we now have available to the best we could and develop content to reflect our… Read More



Exciting changes coming to Life QI

15 June 2020

A major Life QI update is on the way towards the end of June 2020. The update brings with it new features as well as revamps to existing ones. Three things that immediately caught our eye are the changes to the driver diagram, optimised SPC charting functionality and a whole new whiteboard feature.   Driver Diagram  Driver diagrams are also being revamped. They will be more responsive and… Read More



ELFT provides second virtual training and coaching session for ‘Fast Track Cities’ Quality Improvement Collaborative to reach ‘zero’ HIV infections by 2030

11 June 2020

By Doranne McDonald and Marco Aurelio, Improvement Advisors ELFT, in collaboration with Healthy London Partnership (HLP), is supporting a quality improvement collaborative of 12 projects from   voluntary and healthcare organisations across London, seeking to reduce  HIV infections to ‘zero’ by 2030. Organisations part of the collaborative include: In April, 2020, the first virtual coaching session… Read More



Streamlining Internal Communication within the QI Department using MS Teams

11 June 2020

As many of us have moved to remote working, we’ve had to grapple with how we stay connected with one another when we can’t just turn around and have a conversation. For some that’s meant more emails, alongside using new tech such as Microsoft teams to have instant chats. However, in the QI Department we’ve… Read More



Newham Perinatal team ‘Shaping their future’

11 June 2020

By Doranne McDonald and Marco Aurelio Improvement Advisors The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced different healthcare teams across ELFT to adapt and change the way they provide care to their services users overnight. The speed with which this challenge has been embraced has been awe-inspiring. However, as the country emerges from the first… Read More



Reflections on continuing a QI project during the Covid 19 pandemic

11 June 2020

By Chris Spanton, QI coach in the IAPT Directorate Our QI Journey… Our QI project was aimed at reducing the average waiting time for one of our services, Step 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),  to 12 weeks, by November 2020. Driver diagram created by the project group John, the project lead, put together a wonderful,… Read More



Creating a Driver Diagram with people working remotely

10 June 2020

By Auz Chitewe, Associate Director. In this article, we share one way that a group of people, all connecting virtually from different locations, went about creating a Driver Diagram. A Driver Diagram is a core improvement tool that is useful for visually showing the theory of change for an improvement effort. It helps teams articulate… Read More



Shaping the Future of Services in SCYPS

10 June 2020

By Catherine Heaney, Improvement Advisor. The Specialist Children’s and Young People’s Services (SCYPS) held a Shaping our Future Workshop on 28th May 2020.   The workshop was attended by over 100 people from the directorate, with representation from all services.  Sarah Wilson, the Director of Specialist Services, welcomed people, describing the purpose as protected time for collective thinking about the future, knowing that we’re going to… Read More



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