News & Updates

Improving Value for Money

14 September 2017

by Steven Course, Chief Finance Officer, Nynn-Hui Chang & Marco Aurelio, QI Team Improvement Advisors Often the rationale for undertaking QI has focused on doing the right thing, with the main focus not on the financial gain resulting from the improvement work. However increasing pressure on NHS budgets and rising patient demand is putting a… Read More



Steve Swensen visiting the Trust

12 September 2017

This week we are delighted to welcome Professor Steve Swensen to ELFT. Steve is Medical Director for Professionalism and Peer Support at Intermountain Healthcare, and was previously Medical Director for Leadership at the Mayo Clinic. He has written and researched extensively on clinical engagement, enjoying work and staff burnout and you can find some of… Read More



A Carers’ Perspective on Quality Improvement: A personal story

6 September 2017

Thana, QI Communications Assistant, interviewed Zhenreenah; a carer and expert by experience client in August 2017, about her abundant passion and energy for engaging with QI Projects at the Trust. She shared her expert advice in this personal story. Zhenreenah Carer | Expert by Experience (Pictured with ELFT CEO Dr Navina Evans at the People… Read More



Service User Perspective : Barriers to Engagement with QI Projects

1 September 2017

Thana Narashiman , QI Communications Assistant, interviewed Tony Fulham; service user in July 2017, about his personal journey and barriers to engaging with QI Projects at the Trust and offered his advice. Please share with us some barriers you faced to getting involved in Quality Improvement (QI) Projects? I believe the biggest barrier to engaging… Read More



Newham QI Wall artist Jonny Glover interviewed BBC Radio London

17 August 2017

Jonny Glover, the artist behind our Newham Centre for Mental Health Quality Improvement Wall was interviewed about his work on BBC Radio London recently. Jonny talked to Robert Elms about this fantastic project which won a prize at the 2017 World Illustration Awards You can listen to the interview below and visit Jonny’s exhibition at… Read More



Violence Reduction on Adult Inpatient Units; what has been achieved so far at ELFT?

11 August 2017

Between 2012 and 2015, Tower Hamlets Adult Mental Health inpatient wards reduced violence by over 40% and by 60% on the acute admissions wards, using a Quality Improvement approach. Since then we have scaled up the work to City & Hackney in early 2016 and Newham in mid-2016. Forensics also launched its own Collaborative in… Read More



Reflections and thank you from Professor Jonathan Warren

11 August 2017

Jonathan Warren is Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Nursing Officer & Executive Sponsor for Violence Reduction Whenever I think about what we’ve achieved already in terms of violence reduction at ELFT, I’m reminded of the time Andy Cruickshank (former Borough Lead Nurse in Tower Hamlets and now Associate Director of Nursing for QI) came to see… Read More



Developing a Quality Control Strategy for Violence Reduction

11 August 2017

by Jen Taylor-Watt, QI Lead for City & Hackney and IAPT and Lead Improvement Advisor for Violence Reduction & Andy Cruickshank, Associate Director of Nursing for QI and Senior Improvement Advisor for Violence Reduction In order to hold the gains we’ve achieved through the Violence Reduction Collaboratives, it’s key that we develop strong structures and processes… 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



Perspectives from Newham Inpatient Unit…

11 August 2017

The power of safety huddles; identification, prediction & strengthening team work. By Emma Binley, QI Lead for Newham & Improvement Advisor to the Newham Violence Reduction Collaborative & Paul McLaughlin, Borough Lead Nurse & Lead of the Newham Violence Reduction Collaborative The safety huddle is one component of the safety bundle that has been tested on the… Read More



Perspectives from City & Hackney Inpatient Unit…

11 August 2017

The Power of the Safety Discussion in Community Meetings; How openness, transparency and proactive conversations about violence in ward community meetings are helping us to develop a safety culture By Jen Taylor-Watt, QI Lead for City & Hackney and IAPT and Improvement Advisor for City & Hackney Violence Reduction Collaborative & Jane Kelly, Associate… 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



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