Develop in partnership
Led by David Williams, Director of Strategy and Business Development
Develop in Partnership is focused on how we want to strengthen our existing working relationships within the county, for example with GPs, and build new relationships in the county and beyond so we can deliver more joined up services to people in our communities.
Over the last few years we have developed a number of local and regional partnerships. This includes our buddy relationship which has progressed to a formal Group model with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust - we are now known as the Leicestershire Partnership and Northamptonshire Healthcare Group - through which we share a number of strategic priorities, as well as benefit from each other's learning and experiences.
NHFT has recently taken on the lead provider role in the regional Children and young people’s Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tier 4 provider collaborative, which aims to reduce unnecessary inpatient stays for young people in the East Midlands. You can find out more about how the Provider Collaborative works and what it plans to achieve by watching this Q&A with Clinical Director Dr Sachin Sankar.
We are supporting other collaboratives in the Northamptonshire system to develop integrated care across the county and improve Children and Young People’s Services and planned care services. NHFT has taken a lead role in another system collaborative to transform the outcomes for service users accessing mental health, learning disability and wellbeing services, delivered by the voluntary and community sector, local authorities and the NHS:
Some other recent examples of us Developing in Partnership include:
- NHFT nurses have partnered with Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group to provide the COVID-19 vaccination programme to housebound service users and inpatients
- We continue to prioritise co-production with our service users and people with lived experience throughout the pandemic
- We've worked with multiple local partners and stakeholders as well as service users to understand the challenges that black and minority ethnic communities have in accessing mental health services.
Led by Dr Itai Matumbike, Medical Director
Innovate is one of the key areas of our DIGBQ strategy. We have achieved so much in the last few years, and want your thoughts on what we should be prioritising next.
We are constantly innovating and researching, to find new ways to provide outstanding, compassionate and safe services. We have many examples of how NHFT has innovated over the last few years, for example the award winning Body Worn Cameras project that was piloted on our inpatient mental health wards. During this study, 12 cameras were trialled by 60 staff for three months across five wards and feedback was collected from staff and patients via focus groups and questionnaires.
83% of patients felt the cameras were of benefit, describing the main positives as safety for everyone, respect for staff and accurate recording of incidents. Staff reflected that they were able to use the footage to learn about behaviour triggers and improve response.
Another example of innovation at NHFT is the introduction of electronic consent processes for school-aged immunisations. This partnership initiative between NHFT's 0-19 team and LGSS saw development of a digital solution to collect parental consent for the vaccination of children for the Trust's 0-19 service, who deliver immunisations, immunisation facilitators and clinical colleagues.
Traditionally, parents would fill out paper-based forms and return to their child’s school, however, this often results in delays which can mean consent is not in place when the vaccination is due. This in turn results in on-going risks to child health, as well as the need for additional staff time to cover postponed vaccinations.
Working closely in partnership, LGSS, NHFT communications team, and the 0-19 team developed an electronic form to collect consent online and make it available immediately to the health professionals who need it. This efficient solution prevents delays, and also avoids costs such as postage charges.
Through the pandemic, our teams have innovated in order to keep providing the outstanding compassionate care NHFT is known for. For example, our School nurses have provided virtual wellbeing workshops for school-aged children. We also continue to research and pilot new projects and ideas, such as our Be Mindful pilot webinars and Well Track sleep health study
Grow our staff capability
Led by Chris Oakes, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development
Grow is the third key area of our DIGBQ strategy. We have achieved so much in the last few years, and want your thoughts on what we should be prioritising next.
We know that in order for our colleagues to deliver the outstanding, compassionate care that we aspire to, they also need to be cared for themselves. This area of the Trust strategy is all about supporting our staff to ensure they feel included and happy at work; listened to; and have opportunities to develop. We have worked hard over the last few years on our wellbeing, equality and diversity, and learning and development programmes of work in order to create a nationally-recognised working culture based on distributed leadership, learning and compassion.
Have you been to one of our Wellbeing Festivals in the last few years? Whether in-person in 2018 and 2019, or virtually in 2020 and 2021, these festivals have created time and space for colleagues to prioritise their wellbeing and try new things.
We have delivered a number of initiatives on equalitty, diversity and inclusion, including our successful Reverse Mentoring programme which sees Exec Board members and other NHFT senior leaders be mentored by colleagues from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. This helps our senior leaders to understand the challenges faced by BAME colleagues, and in turn contributes to us developing a more inclusive culture for NHFT. Other work that the Trust has undertaken to improve equality in the workforce including the launch of our PRIDE values was noted by the Care Quality Commission in 2019.
We were extremely proud to win the Health Service Journal's Staff Engagement Award in 2019, which was based on our Let's Talk Plan to encourage colleagues to tlk about their experiences so we were able to make improvements and shape the way we work together. You can find out more by watching the video below:
Build a sustainable organisation
Led by Richard Wheeler, Chief Finance Officer
Sustainability is important, and we are looking after our future by finding new ways of working, being productive, resilient and agile. One recent example of this is how quickly and expertly our Digital Technology Services team rolled out functionality to allow many colleagues to work and deliver services remotely during the pandemic. Because of this, many corporate and administrative teams are able to work from home, and many clnical teams have been able to provide consultations and group therapy via phone or video call. This has not only helped to keep everyone safe, but the learnings from this are informing how we work now and into the future, and allowing us to use physical space more effectively.
NHFT is committed to becoming a sustainable healthcare provider by delivering high quality care and improved public health without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage. The Trust understands that being a low carbon organisation is important to help reduce the adverse effects of climate change on human health.To this end the Trust has established a variety of ongoing projects to support the journey to a sustainable healthcare provider.
At NHFT, we understand that to deliver our vision of outstanding and compassionate care, we need to put people first. With this in mind, we were pleased to launch New Ways of Working earlier this year; our framework to support flexible working that delivers on what teamNHFT have asked for and what NHS England has promised, as well as ensuring we carry on providing the outstanding care we are known for and our service users expect.
Flexibility does not just mean working from home, but offers greater choice of working patterns and locations to improve productivity, wellbeing, and work/life balance.
Quality and safety at the foundation of everything we do
Led by Julie Shepherd, Chief Nurse
'Quality and Safety at the foundation of everything we do' means making sure we remain focused on meeting the needs of our population with services that are safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. Over the last few years, we have held a number of Quality Improvement conferences and a Keep Everyone Safe Week for staff to share learnings and inspire each other. Watch the video below to learn more about the week which included roadshows and events across the countywide Trust:
Our commitment to quality improvement and safety has seen NHFT recognised nationally by NHS England for our system of supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) to all of our sites within Northamptonshire and beyond, over a 150-mile radius, throughout the pandemic.
At NHFT, we work hard to create a culture where staff can openly raise any concerns they might have to ensure that as a trust, we continue to prioritise safety, drive change and develop our services. To do this, it is so important that colleagues feel psychologically safe to speak up, and we have addressed this by expanding our Freedom to Speak Up champions network to include underrepresented staff groups from across the Trust. Our commitment to Freedom to Speak Up has led to NHFT being ranked 3rd highest Trust in the country for this work.
Learning lessons is a key part of safety and quality improvement - and we do both at NHFT via our staff Learning Lessons zone. Whether from incidents that have taken place within NHFT, or externally, we can always learn and improve.