#DoYourBit campaign launch at the JPUH – where staff are cutting costs but not care. We are asking staff to save £1 a day – just ask us how!
A group of nine band 6 professionals from various specialities at the James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been working on a group project which required them, as part of their Band 6 Development Programme, to take into consideration the current challenges the trust is facing in reducing the financial deficit and develop and implement a proposal to contribute to the required savings.
The group came together regularly and worked with the trust’s transformation team and procurement department to come up with ideas. Through their individual and team research within their own specialities, various ideas and suggestions were made such as encouraging recycling, using fewer brand named items and creating revenue by providing study days and charging non trust delegates to attend or renting the trusts educational spaces, were discussed.
Throughout the brainstorming stage of the project one particular area always seemed at the forefront
“Do staff actually know the cost of supplies, services and know whose responsibility it is to save money”.
So, the group decided to survey a random selection of staff and from the results it transpired that an educational awareness project would be fundamental and the #DoYourBit campaign was founded.
#DoYourBit involves using a variety of visual aids and staff engagement to raise awareness and also to get staff thinking about how they can save £1 a day. As a group we came together for group and individual photographs to launch the campaign and also got our Director of Nursing involved in the launch. We developed posters, screen savers, stickers and price lists and publicised our campaign through social media, trust magazine and through our communication team we have advertised via internal email. Our individual photographs identifies what we each do within our departments to save a pound by using the campaign slogan “ I do my bit by…..”. We also got together and did a walk-around the wards and departments handing out the posters, price lists and engaged with the staff asking how they could “do their bit” and handing out stickers in return.
The campaign has picked up momentum since being launched on social media and the group are so pleased that this simple yet eye-catching message is having an impact both within and outside of the trust.
The group Kerry Rawlinson, Tracey Palmer, Carolyn Henderson, Kelly Melton, Emma Clancy, Jodie Yerrell, Joanne Middleton, Jenny Parsons and Samantha Jones, are due to formally present their work to the trust in May 2017 and are looking forward to sharing their journey.