Aug 13, 2019
Several ambitious Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust colleagues and teams battled it out in a pitching task to secure funding for their ideas to improve services for patients.
We supported the Dragons’ Den competition, which is part of the Trust’s Fit for the Future – a programme that improves the quality of care offered to patients, at the same time as saving money – with a grant of £25,000 from a mix of charitable funds and donations.
The 'dragons' - senior managers from across the Trust and Charity - awarded four entrepreneurs with an investment of up to £5,000 each for their innovative ideas to improve the experience and care of patients at the Trust. The winning ideas were:
Suzanne Roberts, a winner from the Den, knew that her and her colleague's idea could improve the care and support patients receive at home. She said: “Our community staff were arriving at patients’ homes and families would say they 'didn’t want to bother their GP again’. Training should have been preparing staff to respond to this situation in a timely and appropriate way, but the courses on offer didn’t meet their needs. So, we set out to design our in-house Home Escalation Learning Programme (HELP). Thanks to the Dragons’ Den, our face-to-face training will be supported by printed and video resources to assist with staff learning.”
Patrick Reyburn, Engagement Manager at the Charity was on one of the 'dragons' on the panel on 5 July. “As a part of our broader offer of support to the Trust, we were proud to again participate in the Fit for the Future programme and its Dragons’ Den", said Patrick. "The winners all presented terrific ideas that will improve the care offered by the Trust. I look forward to hearing about the results of their hard work.”
Fellow 'dragon' Hannah Coffey reflected on how “frontline colleagues know what can benefit our patients the most, so our expectations for their quality improvement ideas have always been high – and this year they certainly didn’t disappoint. We saw some great pitches and I’m absolutely delighted that these innovative ideas are promising to make our services even better for our patients.”
Our charitable funds and donations play a big role at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, helping staff go that extra mile for patients and colleagues. Find out more about how we support Trust staff to turn their fantastic ideas into reality.
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