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Technology for Teams in a Virtual Landscape

10 February 2021

QI Learning sessions run by the Tech Champions   by Samina Aklas, Trainee Data Analyst It is always stimulating to deploy new technology and tools to enhance the work we do. The Quality department asked for volunteers from within the department to become Tech Champions. They offered a series of group and 1:1 session to… Read More


Technology for Teams in a Virtual Landscape

Tackling Social Isolation in Forensics Community Teams

4 February 2021

by Nicola Ballingall, Improvement Advisor 4 minute watch Forensics community teams ran a Shaping our Future workshop to guide their response to Covid-19. It was attended by staff and service users from the East London Forensic Outreach Service (ELFOS) and the Specialist Community Forensics Team (SCFT) as well as partners who provide accommodation to our… Read More


Tackling Social Isolation in Forensics

A New Approach to Looking at Reducing Covid Infections

4 February 2021

by Francisco Frasquilho, Senior Improvement Advisor and Nicola Ballingall, Improvement Advisor A new approach to looking at reducing Covid infections is being pioneered in City and Hackney, headed by Becks Lingard (Borough Lead Nurse), Lucy Goody (Gardner Ward Manager), and Claire Ritchie (Modern Matron). The team are meeting daily to progress the work, supported by… Read More


A New Approach to Looking at Reducing Covid Infections

Recognising Racism: Using QI to Help Take Action

21 January 2021

By Tony Kasambira, Head of Nursing and Associate Clinical Director of Safety and Security – Forensics Cornelia Kundishora, 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 India staff… 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



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



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

25 August 2020

By Sher Kayani, Improvement Advisor 2021 update: The following three strategic priorities and their respective sponsors will inform and guide the quality improvement work for the Luton & Bedfordshire Inpatient Directorate in 2021 and they are as follows: • Connection (Sponsor, Dr Guy Thompson) • Outcomes & Safety (Sponsor, Sasha Singh) • Staff Health &… 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 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

My Experience Of Being Virtually Recruited During Lockdown

7 August 2020

By Samina Aklas,Trainee Data Analyst, Quality Improvement Team It is always an exciting, but nerve-racking experience when starting a new job. Adapting to an unfamiliar environment, and meeting new colleagues is hard. It’s even harder during a global pandemic, where there have been unprecedented changes in many areas. I strongly believe that things happen for a reason. As it was still lockdown, I went through the whole recruitment process at… Read More



Tech Champions – Supporting the Quality Improvement Department with New and Existing Technology

5 August 2020

Figure 1. Tech Champions in the Quality Improvement Department testing new and innovative ways of doing things.In early 2020 not everybody in the Quality Improvement Department was up to speed with the latest software and technology that was available to us. This was exacerbated when the Covid-19 lockdown began, and we needed to find new… Read More



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