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Recognising Racism: Using QI to Help Take Action

21 January 2021

By Tonderai Kasambira, Head of Nursing and Associate Clinical Director of Safety and Security – Forensics Cornelia Kundishora, (Project Lead) Modern Matron – Forensics Emma Furlong, Occupational Therapy Assistant – Forensics Nicola Ballingall, Improvement Advisor – Forensics “Racism is different from violence and aggression as it affects and offends all BAME staff on shift.” (East… Read More

Recognising Racism: Using QI to Help Take Action

Lived Experience in Covid Times: service users’ stories of Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service in 2020

21 January 2021

By Anna, Franchesca and Cath Heaney Improvement Advisor 6 minute watch Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service (BWS) are sharing their experiences of Quality Improvement through this series of stories.  This 6-minute video is the third in the series. Anna and Franchesca discuss their lived experiences of the service during Covid times through the lenses of being service… Read More

QI and Pandemics in Bedfordshire, six months later: What did we learn?

21 January 2021

By Liz Dawson, Medical Director of Primary Care since April 2020 and former Clinical director for adult community services across Bedfordshire and Carlos Santos, Improvement Advsior for Corporate Services, Adult Community Services across Bedfordshire and for Primary Care across the Trust On the brink of Covid-19, multiple difficult decisions had to be made about which… Read More

Bedfordshire team

Managing My Time with the ‘Microsoft To-Do’ App

20 January 2021

By Samina Aklas, Trainee Data Analyst Working from home during the Covid pandemic has brought with it a reliance on technology and as the world of technology evolves and new applications emerge, it has had a bigger impact on our working lives now more than ever. To maintain a work/life balance time management has become… Read More

Improving the New Starter Process with Tower Hamlets Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

24 December 2020

Words and images by Nicola Ballingall, Improvement Advisor This story explains how Tower Hamlets Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were able to improve their new starter process using QI methods. 2 minutes read time   As part of their work in the Enjoying Work programme, Tower Hamlets Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services… Read More

Jigsaw puzzle pieces representing the plan, do, study, act cycle, all coming together

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 2021 update: The Mother and Baby Unity (MBU) project team have continued to trial out a new electronic recording system for referrals, seeing a shift downwards in the time taken to process new referrals (an 85% reduction) in September 2020. The team were also planning to test out a… Read More

City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health

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 2021 update: The ‘BCHS Shaping Our Future’ workshops brought staff, service users and partners together to help shape the future of the ‘Integrated Discharge Hubs’ in both Luton & Dunstable and Bedford hospitals. The hubs were set up in all ELFT… Read More

Quality Improvement during COVID 19: Understanding your System – The Clozapine Clinics Story

24 April 2020

By Francisco Frasquilho, Senior Improvement Advisor    2021 Update: The Clozapine Clinics are continuing to maintain regular updates with the team and service users. Their focus continues to be on maintaining good staff support and resourcing. They use a PANDO forum (secure form of team communications) across Luton and Bedfordshire Denzapine Services to continue to… Read More

Developing, rapid cycle testing and scaling an idea within a day for PPE ordering

24 April 2020

 By Marco Aurelio, Improvement Advisor              2021 Update: The team went on to update their flowchart as they iterated on the design of their process for ordering and delivering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This soon developed into designing a warehouse process that now employs staff with supply chain skills and… Read More

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