Dragon’s Den Initiative sees staff ideas turn into quality initiatives

Empowering staff is one of the cornerstones of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust’s SHINE network (Share, Help, Integrate / Innovate, Nurture and Empower) and a Dragon’s Den initiative is a fantastic example of this in action.

The idea behind the project is to encourage frontline staff to bring their ideas for improving quality and care to the attention of the board.

Dragons-den-pitchAs with the TV show, staff pitch their idea and bid for cash to fund their projects and following the first event in 2014 the initiative has been so successful that a second round has already taken place.

Successful pitches from the first event included:

  • Staff from wards 10 and 11 secure funding for two dementia friendly bays on the wards
  • Reducing pressure ulcers through the supply of cameras, pocket mirrors and pressure ulcer grading wheel
  • Allowing staff to resent their own log-in passwords without going via IT (which can take up to 45 minutes to issue a new password)

The second Dragon’s Den event six months later proved just as popular with pitches including:

  • Improved infection control through the development of a mobile electronic training device (SID) which uses video-measurement technology to teach and evaluate hand hygiene techniques in real time and a fun way. SID is currently on trial across all three hospitals.
  • 30 – 45 stress busting sessions being offered to staff
  • Fingerprint access control technology for domestic staff
  • Leasing of specialist equipment and infrastructure that improves hygiene by making invisible germs visible. The system which includes fluorescent marking gels, UV lights and ipods for recording data and analysis takes a proactive approach towards reducing infections.

Like the TV show, the Dragon’s Den initiative not only provides funding for new ideas but also the backing and support of a Dragon (one of the Senior Management team).