NHS England on our Dragons' Den style panel to award funding to staff for their innovative ideas

12 October 2018


We were delighted to welcome Professor Oliver Shanley OBE, Regional Chief Nurse for London and Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People at NHS England, to CW+ yesterday. Oliver and Jacqueline were invited to be on a Dragons’ Den style panel to award the winner and runners up of our special funding call dedicated to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

CW+ launched this special funding call back in July which called for innovative ideas and solutions. We encouraged project applications which promote innovation, transformation, and new service development; improve patient care and experience; support staff in the delivery of front line care; and that support staff wellbeing.

The shortlisted staff were invited to pitch their ideas to the panel which included Oliver and Jacqueline, along with Chris Chaney (CW+ CEO) and Pippa Nightingale (Chief Nurse at the Trust). Staff were asked to demonstrate how their idea would improve patient outcomes, improve patient environment and the potential cost benefit to the Trust.

Oliver Shanley OBE praised staff for their ideas and presentations: “It has been incredible hearing from you all today. Congratulations to all of you on such superb presentations, it was extremely difficult to choose the winner. It is so fantastic to see clinically led, clinically driven innovation that makes an impact to patients. It is just fantastic, so thank you and well done to you all.”

The four finalists and their projects were:

Name of project: Bedside resuscitation of the newborn (Close to Mum)
Applicants: Victoria Cochrane and Natalie Carter, Consultant Midwives at West Middlesex
Project summary: To purchase a Life Start bedside resuscitation trolley that enables bedside resuscitation for pre-term babies and therefore delayed cord clamping of the newborn whilst stabilisation is taking place.

Name of project: Bento Boxes
Applicants: Linda Batten and Laura Rosario, Ward Manager and Matron Rainsford Mowlem ward
Project summary: This project will trial rolling out bento boxes for our dementia patients. A recent report demonstrated that 70% of patients with dementia are malnourished in hospital, as they find it difficult to eat and drink enough to keep themselves well-nourished and hydrated.

Name of project: Ladder to the Moon
Applicants: Sarah Bryan, Dementia Case Manager at Chelsea and Westminster and Sarah Lee, Matron for Medicine at West Middlesex
Project summary: To work with leading care consultancy Ladder to the Moon to develop the climate for creativity on the older people wards, particularly to maximise the capability of Health Care Assistants to deliver meaningful creative activities, which will aim to address length of stay, levels of prescribing, falls; and staff sickness and turnover.

Name of project: Patients with Additional Needs Sensory Trolley
Applicants: Lindsay Huxter and Sharon Charane, Play and Youth Services team at Chelsea and Westminster
Project summary: To purchase a sensory trolley for the inpatient wards to help calm patients with autism and/or additional needs. The hospital environment can be an overwhelming, over stimulating atmosphere for these patients which can escalate a child’s stress and anxiety which can be reduced with sensory stimulation.

This is the second year of this special CW+ funding call. The 2017 winner was Angela Chick and Ahlam Wynne from Kew Ward, for their innovative mouth care project, which has developed a Trust-wide oral care protocol and raised awareness of the importance of oral hygiene. The project was mentioned in the recent CQC inspection and their initial analysis has shown a reduction in the number of cases of hospital acquired pneumonia.

This special funding call was part of the CW+ grants programme which awards funding to hospital staff for innovative projects to support the delivery of healthcare and improve healthcare outcomes. Projects might deliver new and exciting technological change, or may support fundamental changes in the way healthcare pathways are organised and care is focused.


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