News & Updates

Flip the triangle – Award winning QI work

17 October 2019

Last week Shoreditch ward were winners at the Positive Practice in Mental Health National Awards.   Shoreditch is a 14 bed male Learning Disabilities ward in the trust’s Forensic medium secure unit. They have worked very hard for over two years as part of the Forensics’ violence reduction collaborative aiming to reduce seclusions by 50%…. Read More



Flip The Triangle – winners of ‘Quality Improvement and/or Service Transformation’ award at the National Positive Practice in mental Health Awards 2019

15 October 2019

Shoreditch Ward, a Specialist Medium Secure Forensic Learning Disability ward based at The John Howard Centre won the Positive Practise in Mental Health ‘Quality Improvement and/or Service Transformation’ category for their Quality Improvement (QI) project ‘Flip the Triangle’. Flip The Triangle refers to changing the culture on Shoreditch ward to increase focus on positive and… Read More



Project story: Improving satisfaction of staff and stakeholders in forensic receptions

3 August 2018

Reception staff at John Howard Centre, a specialist forensic psychiatric services provider in East London, have been working on improving satisfaction levels for service users, visitors and staff. Below is an overview of their journey so far. Words by project lead Mohammad Ramjany. Our Quality Improvement project has been working towards increasing staff satisfaction, which… Read More



Celebrating Violence Reduction in Forensic Services

19 July 2018

A celebration event took place in Forensics on 16 July to mark two years of successful work on Violence Reduction within the service. Watch this space for more details about this work! Words by Michelle Rigozzi, Improvement Advisor. Over sixty people attended the Violence Reduction celebration event on 16th July, including ward staff, service users, executive… Read More



Service user ownership: lifestyle improvement project on Woodberry Ward

24 May 2018

Learn more about how service users take the lead in this lifestyle improvement project in the video below. introduction by Courtenay Gilchriest, Support Staff. The Lifestyle Improvement Project was introduced on Woodberry Ward (a low secure rehabilitation unit), to tackle the day-to-day physical health challenges and sedentary behaviours that arise within an inpatient setting. From day… Read More



Forensics: an honest conversation about failure and what we’ve learnt as a directorate

23 November 2017

The Forensic Service has an active and diverse QI Programme, which has enjoyed many notable successes. Some projects don’t succeed though. We recently spent some time thinking about the learning we could take from those, and how to keep enthusiasm and momentum within the group of people who have invested their time and energy. Learn… Read More



Forensics: First steps, early signs of reduction and an exciting journey ahead!

11 August 2017

By Nynn-Hui Chang, QI Lead for Forensics and Improvement Advisor to the Forensics Violence Reduction Collaborative & Day Njovana, Lead Nurse for Forensics & Lead for the Forensics Violence Reduction Collaborative Forensics is a unique setting in that the majority of patients are admitted following a violent index offence in the context of their illness,… Read More



Reducing Handcuff Usage in Medium Secure Services

8 August 2017

In April 2016, staff from several wards in the Forensic service came together to focus on reducing handcuff usage by 50% by December 2016. The use of handcuffing was normal safety protocol, mainly used for when transporting patients to and from the secure unit such as to appointments or to court. However, staff felt uncomfortable… Read More



Lifestyle Improvement on Woodberry Ward…

7 July 2017

Staff and service users on Woodberry ward, in the forensics directorate at ELFT are working on a quality improvement project to promote a healthier lifestyle for service users. A  healthier lifestyle combines  physical activity, mental and social well-being. Click on the picture below to read what has been happening so far…



Spotlight on the Bridge Club

24 January 2017

QI Lead, Naomi Nowlan chatted to Kemarr Salmon, Bridge Club project team member and Forensic Directorate employee of the month December 2016. The Bridge Club was nominated as team of the year at the 2016 EFT Staff Awards What is your day to day role? Working as an OT assistant at the John Howard Centre –… Read More



Self catering on Woodberry Ward

27 April 2015

This month the QI team caught up with Alison O’Reilly, Senior Occupational Therapist about her team’s QI project to introduce self-catering to Woodberry Ward in our Forensic Mental Health service.



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