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July Award winners

06 August 2016|0 Comments

Congratulations to the July Award winners - voted for by their peers ....... Winners as follows:- 5127 Award  – Virtual Outpatient Appointments https://t.co/SdlkPxmSjX TNT Award– Twiddle Muffs https://t.co/4g2G4pYcoD Hartly Larkin Award – New Telehealth Link [...]

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FabChangeDay 2016 – 100 day countdown

11 July 2016|0 Comments

Today is a special day. Perhaps it’s your birthday, anniversary, a day of remembrance? These are personal, intimate and special. Today is a day for us all. Enjoy with anticipation. A frisson of excitement. If [...]

Fab Change Day Activists School

07 July 2016|0 Comments

Want to make a positive change in your unit, department or team , but not sure where to start? This year, NHS Change Day is joining forces with The Academy of Fabulous Stuff to create [...]

The Blonde discovers some Bright Ideas

27 June 2016|0 Comments

We are thrilled to announce another great collaboration which will bring you even more fab ideas. We are working with the Royal College of General Practitioners to share with you Bright Ideas. The RCGP have [...]

Latest fab stuff

Whats it like to work in a Vanguard? #TheBlonde explores ……

23 August 2016Categories: BLONDE, Vanguard

Human nature being what it is, its always nice to get to know the people behind the organisations that we read about. Continuing our series on getting to know The Vanguards, we talked to the [...]

Clinicians ‘inventing the future’ in Rushcliffe as part of the Principia MCP Vanguard

23 August 2016Categories: Commissioning/Procurement, Fabulous Stuff, Generating new knowledge to improve care and treatment, Preventative Health Care, Primary care/GP service initiatives, Service pathway improvements, The Rosa Parks Award, Vanguard

Clinicians are 'inventing the future' at Principia MCP, one of NHS England's pioneering Vanguards. Local GPs in partnership with acute and mental health clinical colleagues are driving innovation, care closer to home and improvements in [...]

Preventing neonatal hypothermia in a tertiary neonatal unit

22 August 2016Categories: clinical guidelines, CYP Nursing, Fabulous Stuff, Generating new knowledge to improve care and treatment, Multidisciplinary Team Working, The HMS Victory Award, Together we can, Training

AIM This project aimed to reduce the number of hypothermic babies admitted to a tertiary neonatal unit by developing improvement interventions. Our benchmark was for 90% of babies to have an admission temperature within the [...]

Keeping Adults Safely out of Hospital

22 August 2016Categories: #NotableNELFT, Care of the elderly services, ECIST Network, Fabulous Stuff, Multidisciplinary Team Working, Primary care/GP service initiatives, The Penguin Teamship Award, Working Smarter

The Community Treatment Team (CTT), a NELFT NHS Foundation Trust initiative, is made up of nurses (many are independent nurse prescribers), geriatricians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, support workers and administrators. The service provides short-term [...]

Supporting Nurse Revalidation using ESR

22 August 2016Categories: digital inclusion, Digital technology, education, Fabulous Stuff, Nursing, Staff/role initiatives, The 4 Candles Award, The TNT Award, Training, Valuing your staff, Visible leadership

Background Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2004 as one of the first 10 foundation trusts created under the NHS Act 2003, and is the successor organisation to Peterborough [...]

Nursing and Midwifery Performance Dashboard

21 August 2016Categories: Fabulous Stuff, Just Do It - Why Nott?, Nursing, Organization development, Safe Staffing, The 5127 Award, The HMS Victory Award, The Rosa Parks Award, The TNT Award, Together we can, Valuing your staff, Visible leadership, Working Smarter

At NUH we have introduced a ‘new’ Nursing and Midwifery Performance Dashboard using QlikView® business intelligence software. The dashboard is located on the Trust intranet and is accessible to all staff. Its purpose is to [...]

D33 Keeping it Cool

21 August 2016Categories: Fabulous Stuff, Just Do It - Why Nott?, The TNT Award

Problem There was only one fridge for all baby food, baby milk and nutritional supplements and no fridge for patients’ own food. Impact Baby feeds must be in the fridge leaving no room for anything [...]

Self-managing home care teams: can we do it in the UK?

21 August 2016Categories: Care of the elderly services, FabSocialCareStuff, Self managed teams, The HMS Victory Award, The Rosa Parks Award, Valuing your staff, Visible leadership, Working Smarter

I am both excited and scared. In August we have a Workshop day to recruit the first four members of a new kind of home care team, inspired by the Dutch Buurtzorg model. The first [...]

New online survey to monitor your complaints process

18 August 2016Categories: Complaints and saying sorry, Fabulous Stuff

“The 2013 Francis Inquiry highlighted the need to recognise the importance of patient complaints and the need to create robust systems & cultures able to deal with and learn from them.” As you may be [...]

Behavioural organ donation campaign scoops top UK award

18 August 2016Categories: Fabulous Stuff, Patient Empowerment, Public health, The 4 Candles Award

Behaviour change, insight and engagement specialists ICE Creates have scooped a top award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2016 for their organ donation behaviour change campaign. ICE won the ‘Local Community Initiative of [...]

Development of a patient/relative self-administration programme to administer subcutaneous Cytarabi

17 August 2016Categories: Cancer services, clinical guidelines, End of Life Care, Fabulous Stuff, Listening to service users, Service pathway improvements, The Penguin Teamship Award

The Challenge Low dose Cytarabine is currently the gold standard for non-intensive treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in the elderly. It is given by sub-cutaneous injection twice daily for 10 days every 4-6 weeks for [...]

Practice Based Research – First Contact with GP

17 August 2016Categories: Fabulous Stuff, General Practice Forward View, Gp appointment systems, The HMS Victory Award, Working Smarter

General Practice is currently under significant pressure, with austerity measures starting to have impact , decommissioning of social services and 3rd sector organisations, patients are turning to their GP with social rather than medical problems. [...]

Dementia pub and café open in Lancashire

16 August 2016Categories: #HolisticHarbour, Dementia Care, Fabulous Stuff, The Rosa Parks Award

During Dementia Awareness Week, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust opened on Friday 20 May a non-alcoholic dementia pub and also dementia café at one of its sites to help patients with dementia feel at home [...]

#Hello My name is…

16 August 2016Categories: #HolisticHarbour, Compassionate Care, Fabulous Stuff, Mental Health Services, The TNT Award

Recently I spent some time with a student paramedic called Pete who had come to our ward to gain a better understanding of dementia. During the course of the day, he explained the difficulty he [...]

RUH Innovation Panel

16 August 2016Categories: Celebrating fabness, Fabulous Stuff, Innovation, Learning from carers, mental capacity, Staff/role initiatives, The 4 Candles Award, Valuing your staff, Visible leadership

The Royal United Hospitals Bath’s Innovation Panel, now in its third year, has been taking a pro-active approach to innovation by inviting staff to pitch their ideas for change either at the full ‘Dragon’s Den’ [...]

Dementia Guide for Carers and Care Providers

16 August 2016Categories: Carer support, Dementia Care, Fabulous Stuff, The TNT Award, Together we can

The Dementia Guide for Careers and Care Providers is a free eBook and app developed by Health Education England’s Thames Valley team in collaboration with healthcare professionals, educators and carers. The guide provides practical information [...]

Geriatric and Stroke Medicine – Ward Collaborative

15 August 2016Categories: Compassionate Care, Dementia Care, Fabulous Stuff, Multidisciplinary Team Working, Preventing delayed discharge, SuperSheffield, The Penguin Teamship Award

Background The Geriatric and Stroke Medicine (GSM) wards at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals include Brearley 5,6,7 and Robert Hadfield 5 and 6. They provide ongoing care for elderly patients with dementia and patients that have suffered [...]

SSSFT Therapy Service Rapid Process Improvement – Mental Health Older Adult Inpatients

15 August 2016Categories: Delivering efficiency savings, Fabulous Stuff, Mental Health Services, Service pathway improvements, The HMS Victory Award, Working Smarter

A therapy team at SSSFT reduced length of stay by 54% and saved over £15,000 per year. The therapy pathway at East Wing George Bryan Centre was reviewed and T.Ohno’s Seven Wastes principle established many [...]

#JustDoIt – Clocking on to safer records in maternity

14 August 2016Categories: Digital technology, Fabulous Stuff, Just Do It - Why Nott?, Midwifery, The TNT Award, Working Smarter

Problem The analogue clocks in maternity can appear to give different times depending on the angle you are looking from   Impact The more precise the timing is for procedures and drug administration the better. [...]

A new kind of tonic – social movement

14 August 2016Categories: Active communities, Fabulous Stuff, social and sporting collaborations to impact on public health, The Rosa Parks Award

Swim & tonic - a social movement fuelled by passion & shared values If I asked you if you fancied a gin & tonic your thoughts might turn to the clink of the ice as [...]

A Patient led appointment system –supporting continuity and shared decision making.

14 August 2016Categories: admission avoidance, BrightIdeasRCGP, Fabulous Stuff, General Practice Forward View, Gp appointment systems, Primary care/GP service initiatives, The HMS Victory Award

  We are a medium size practice (10000 patients) with 6 partners, none of whom work every day of the working week. We weren’t satisfied with our appointment system and it seemed from the comments [...]

Any Questions?

14 August 2016Categories: Fabulous Stuff, Listening to service users, Staff/role initiatives, The 4 Candles Award, Valueing Service Feedback, Visible leadership

The tweet from Becky Baines, a consultant from another hospital, is what has inspired us to share what we do. We live tweet from all our Board meetings…. the good, the bad, the wonderful and [...]

FabFactFriday – Prescribing

11 August 2016Categories: Fabulous Fact Friday

Prescribing Prescribing is the most common patient-level intervention in the NHS, and covers all sectors of care: primary, hospital, public and community health. It is the second highest area of spending in the NHS, after [...]

Finding Patience – film to facilitate early dementia diagnosis in the African Caribbean community

11 August 2016Categories: Dementia Care, Fabulous Stuff, The Rosa Parks Award

Working with experts from across the system, Health Education England (HEE) has developed ‘Finding Patience’, a new film looking at the experience of dementia amongst African Caribbean families. Understanding the cultural heritage of individuals living [...]

Richard’s Story – IV treatment for osteoporosis

10 August 2016Categories: Fabulous Stuff, Service pathway improvements, The HMS Victory Award, Vanguard

Principia MCP Vanguard in Rushcliffe, South Nottinghamshire has commissioned a community Fracture Liaison Service to work in conjunction with an established acute Fracture Liaison Service. This new community service identifies patients with first/secondary low-trauma hip [...]

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