News & Updates

Reshaping Community Services – The Wardown Adult Community Mental Health Team

18 October 2019

The Wardown Adult CMHT (Community Mental Health Team), based at Charter House in Luton, are part of the Trustwide Reshaping Community Services project, focusing specifically on improving the communication between the team, and its service users, carers and their families. The team comprises of staff from the CMHT, consultants, a service user and a carer…. Read More



Corporate Admin Enjoying Work

17 October 2019

Earlier this month teams from across the Trust came together for the second Enjoying Work learning set, designed to support teams undertaking a QI project focusing on this important area. Teams spent time thinking about change ideas and how they could move forwards with testing these ahead of the next learning set in November. There… Read More



QI Essentials: Top down AND bottom up

17 October 2019

Deciding between a top-down approach to improvement and a bottom-up approach to improvement is a false – and meaningless – choice. We need to support both. It’s about top-down AND bottom-up, at the same time… Have a read of Amar’s latest QI Essentials Blog…     Should our quality improvement activity be directed at strategic areas… Read More



Triple Aim – making it manageable

17 October 2019

Reflections from the second Triple Aim support session at ILP Conversation and reflection at the second Triple Aim learning session in the Improvement Leaders’ Programme (ILP) focused on how to get on top of your strategy and make the work feel manageable. All QI work can be tough in this respect, but Triple Aim work… Read More



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



ELFTIn1Voice takes the TEDxNHS stage

7 October 2019

Last Friday (October the 4th) members of the QI team at ELFT joined the ELFTIn1Voice choir on stage at Indigo at The 02 and opened TEDxNHS with a stunning performance of the original “See Me As I Am”, a co-write between Leanne Sedin and Mandeep Singh commissioned for ELFT’s Quality Conference last year. Brought together… Read More


ELFTIn1Voice takes the TEDxNHS stage

Launch of Bedfordshire Community Health Service QI

2 October 2019

Bedfordshire Community Health Service launched their QI work with their first QI Forum on September 13th. The Forum was attended by Directorate leads, QI Sponsors, Coaches and project leads and began by discussing how they can support QI in the directorate. Liz Dawson, Clinical Director, said there was “a lot of enthusiasm and ideas on… Read More



An open letter from Saxonnorse Roman to ELFT

20 September 2019

Saxonnorse Roman is a Service User on Limehouse ward and he is on the project team for “Lets talk about Sex”. Saxonnorse wrote an open letter to the Trust, patients, service users, carers and staff about what his involvement in this project was and his experience as a Service User at ELFT.



People Participation

20 September 2019

Jamie Stafford, Improvement Advisor, discusses what we have done at ELFT to encourage and further service users and carers participation in QI projects. Within our organisation we’ve spent much of the last year thinking about service users and carer participation in QI projects. We have learnt that when this is ‘done right’ it can have… Read More



Annual IHI visit to ELFT

20 September 2019

From Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th October we are delighted to welcome our partners from IHI to the Trust for a three day visit. This is the sixth time the IHI team have joined us for an annual visit. This year we’re pleased to welcome Derek Feeley, Pedro Delgado and Trissa Torres and look forward… Read More



People Participation at Wave 9 ILP

20 September 2019

On the 10th of September 150 ELFT staff members, service users and carers began Wave 9 of the Improvement Leaders Programme. The programme is a fantastic opportunity for learning about quality improvement and applying the method to solve real-life complex quality issues. People Participation in QI has been shown to be a major influence on… Read More



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