Staff wellbeing projects feature in research paper

Birkbeck University of London

Two quality improvement (QI) projects carried out at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT), which were aimed at colleagues being happier at work, feature in a research paper which was published at the end of March (2023).

The research was carried out by Dr Kevin Teoh, from Birkbeck, University of London, with funding from the Wellcome Trust and support from the Society of Occupational Medicine. It focussed on projects around the UK which help support staff wellbeing in the health sector.

The KCHFT projects he featured included work by the Thanet Neuro Rehabilitation Team to reduce regular multi-disciplinary meetings from six hours to three, releasing capacity and resulting in colleagues being happier.

The other project involved making changes within a Community Dietetic Team, with the aim of improving the wellbeing of colleagues. Changes included building in time for colleagues to get paperwork done, changing the times clinics ran and changing the length of appointments. Following the work, more colleagues said they felt happier and that they had time to complete admin.

Dr Teoh found several projects on our QI website which he was interested in and spoke with one of our QI advisors, Robyn Shelmerdine and project leads for more information before including them as case studies in his report.

You can see the full research report or watch a webinar on the findings on You Tube.