What to do if you have a quality improvement idea.

If you are a Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust colleague – and you have a quality improvement idea – the chart below shows what you need to do.

Innovation projects

If you are a Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) colleague and you have an innovation idea, please contact the Head of Innovation and Effectiveness, Dawn Nortman.

An innovation is classed as something completely new and original which hasn’t been done before, such as a new product, medical device, diagnostic software or training product.

Some of these may require patents, trademarks, copyright and other forms of intellectual property rights, to make sure the trust and inventor reap the full benefit of any unique ideas, products or services.

The trust also works with the with the Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network, to source national innovations which the Department of Health has recommended for national roll-out, as part of the work to increase spread and adoption of national innovations.

These are shared with services, for services to determine whether they are relevant for use within our trust. In addition, services are encouraged to contact the Head of Innovation and Effectiveness should they want to source national innovations for specific issues, as a comprehensive search can be carried out on what is available.

Our colleagues will also find further information about innovation on the trust’s intranet, simply search Innovation.

Other resources you might find helpful include:

  • NHS Providers - here you will find practical steps and innovations introduced by trusts and their partners to improve patient flow
  • The National Archives - Department of Health Innovation Health and Wealth.  Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion in the NHS, December 2011.
  • Innovation Unit - Against the odds: successfully scaling innovation in the NHS.

What's your QI idea?

Complete our online form to let us know your idea.

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15 seconds 30 minutes

15s30m is about what you could do in 15 seconds now in order to save someone else 30 minutes later.

It aims to reduce frustration and increase joy in work, which in turn can help colleagues do their best to deliver safe and effective patient care.

Anyone can come up with and launch a 15s30m idea or mission.

It could be as simple as pledging to always leave an area tidy after use. Another mission might be to never leaving a folder or drawer of forms empty and adding a laminated reminder.

Here Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) colleagues share some of their ideas: