Innovation Fund - details of applications made

Once an idea has been implemented or trialled, we will ask the idea originator to briefly describe the process of implementation and highlight any learning that they have taken from it.  We hope these stories will prove useful to others as well and will make them available in the Knowledge Centre section of the website.

Please contact hpft.qualityimprovement@nhs.net  to request original application forms. 

Originator Idea Idea Brief Description Dept / service Amount requested Date of panel review Outcome
Jacky Vincent Smoking cessation advisor Fund a Specialist Smoking Advisor to provide expertise & train staff in techniques to help them feel more empowered & confident to support smoking cessation Albany Lodge / Acute Inpatient £21,000 12/10/2016 Idea being progressed funded within service budget
Alyson Hyland Subscription to knowledge share Subscription to KnowledgeShare, to provide information to frontline staff from the latest publications on quality, safety, education and patient experience to reduce the time they spend accessing this information Library £3,600 12/10/2016 Approved and alternate funding source identified
Mark Walker Nutritional Support worker To employ a member of staff to work, part time, in the field of nutritional support, overseeing dietary provision and helping qualified staff in developing care plans and other strategies to improve nutrition Seward Lodge £10,700 12/10/2016 Advice and support given to take forward as a business as usual improvement
M J Cruz Stationary Exercise Bikes Purchasing stationary exercise bikes to use whilst completed casenotes and other computer related activity to turn a static activity into an exercise opportunity Saffron Ground £1,500 12/10/2016 Funding not approved - originator linked into staff wellbeing group
Mid Essex IAPT IAPT Patient Portal To trial using the patient portal on PC-MIS to obtain information regarding current wellbeing status, increasing service user control and accessibility and reducing staff administrative burden Mid Essex IAPT £2,500 12/10/2016 Approved & fully funded
Sonia Ritson Forensic Service User Peer Support To develop an expert by experience programme involving forensic service users in the provision of the care provided, including the development of Recovery College and co-facilitation of groups, vocational opportunities for service users and paid vocational opportunities for ex service users Warren Court £50,000 12/10/2016 Application > £25k - business case to Executive required
Jamie Smith MS Access Training Training on Microsoft Access in order to improve and develop the placement team database enabling greater efficiency in managing the service user in placement cohort Placement Team £600 12/10/2016 Originator linked to internal expertise in Finance Team to provide support and development
Annie Swanepoel CAMHS DBT Training Training in DBT techniques for East CAMHS staff in order to offer this intervention in a group setting we would like to get funding for staff to become DBT trained and offer this intervention in a group setting East CAMHS £10,000 12/10/2016 Originator linked to existing in-house DBT expertise and idea of providing this therapy fed into the existing service development work
Karen Howard Placement Worker Employ an additional member of staff to help proactively manage the ‘step down’ process from supported living South West Herts Adult Community Team £22,000 31/10/2016 Advice given in order to develop this idea as part of the wider placement pathway work that is currently underway
John Murray Placement Worker Employ an additional member of staff to help proactively manage the ‘step down’ process from supported living North Herts Adult Community Team £22,000 31/10/2016 Advice given in order to develop this idea as part of the wider placement pathway work that is currently underway
Sarah Cohen PARIS Physical Health Form Develop a new PARIS physical health form with sections for inpatient, community and FEP, covering physical health assessment; screening and interventions enabling ease of access to information that can impact on patient safety and physical health and wellbeing Trustwide £10,000 31/10/2016 Being taken forward as a business as usual PARIS development; Panel Chair ensured that this was on the development list
Robbie Walledge Electronic reception sign in Develop and test an electronic version of the signing in book either through an iPad or similar fixed device as is used in GP surgeries Sout East Hubs £5,000 31/10/2016 Panel Chair liaising with originator to help explore and develop the idea further
Richard Strange Blenders Purchase blenders so that Assistant Therapy Practitioners can practically demonstrate to carers/ support workers the benefits of using recommended equipment for food modification and drinks Speech & Language / Dietetics £70 31/10/2016 Approved & fully funded
Madeleine Stokes Sample medication dispensers To buy medication dispensers to allow demonstration and trial with individual service users enabling them to identify whether it would be worth them buying or renting one EMDASS countrywide £576 18/11/2016 Approved & fully funded
Suzanne Brown Living well with dementia kit To buy items to build a ‘living well with dementia kit’ allow demonstration of examples of potentially helpful products that service users can then purchase themselves through various suppliers Older People OT Service £400 18/11/2016 Approved & fully funded
John Fanning Web based outcomes tool (HEF) Implement a web based systemic outcome measurement tool across all learning disability services allowing the measurement of the impact and outcomes of our interventions and collaboration with partner agencies LD Services £10,000 18/11/2016 Approved & fully funded
Amy Foster Sensory log cabin Build an outside sensory log cabin offering a space for service users to get time away with an anticipated decrease in incidents of safeguarding and behaviours that challenge Astley Court £35,000 18/11/2016 Application > £25k - business case to Executive required
Yasmine Khan Mindfulness course Run a mindfulness based stress and anxiety reduction course with the aim of increasing the wellbeing of SMHTOP staff and reduce sickness absence North West SMHTOP £2,750 18/11/2016 In principle funding approval - idea to be developed and implemented in collaboration with staff wellbeing group; originator linked with group
Aiah Tondoneh Digital dictation Trial digital dictation software and central ‘typing pool’ in order to reduce clinician administrative time and increase direct service user contact time SW CATT £24,766 18/11/2016 In principle funding approval - idea to be developed and implemented in collaboration with IM&T to make sure most appropriate technical solution is taken forward; originator linked with IM&T
Lisa Ford Health eating visual display Create a temporary interactive display that highlights the typical weekly food intake of an inpatient and the excess weight gain from this diet with an aim to raise awareness and reduce service user weight gains Warren Court £245 18/11/2016 Approved & fully funded
Arun Jha One stop integrated memory clinic Establish a one-stop integrated memory clinic on Saturday morning at 3 sites with an aim to reduce waiting times for diagnostic assessments, referral to treatment times and give immediate post diagnostic support EMDASS £163,250 14/12/2016 Application > £25k - business case to Executive required
Gemma Jacobs Cardio wall & Pedometers Increase physical health, wellbeing, inclusion and general activeness through providing service users with pedometers and setting ‘challenges’, together with an interactive ‘cardio wall’ Aston Ward / Acute Inpatient £7,800 14/12/2016 Approved & fully funded
Andrew Ferguson Colonnades free coffee charitable donations To install an goodwill collection box next to the drinks machines at the Colonnades to collect donations for a local charity Colonnades £500 14/12/2016 Funding not required - Panel Chair is taking the idea through other channels for discussion
Hannah Bond CAMHS & YP co-produced short information   videos To purchase equipment that will enable the Young People’s council and the communications team to co-produce short information videos for CAMHS teams CAMHS / Inclusion & Engagement £3,730 14/12/2016 Approved & fully funded
Grace Fysh Digitial Talking Mats To trial a digital version of the Talking Mats approach, which aims to support people with communication difficulties to give their views on a range of topics LD Community ATS £1,248 14/12/2016 Approved & fully funded
Claire Fenlon Weight management decision tree To develop a decision tree to enable health professionals, families and support workers to be able to direct service users with a Learning Disability to the most appropriate form of weight management support in Hertfordshire Community LD services £2,735 14/12/2016 Advice and support being given to take forward as a business as usual improvement
Fiona Taylor Sensory integration training Train additional clinicians in Sensory Integration techniques to allow the provision of regular sensory assessment clinics enabling access to specialist sensory assessments across the whole county enabling these to form part of Positive Behaviour Support Plans Community LD services £7,580 14/12/2016 Approved & fully funded
Owais Ahmed Community team virtual ward Develop a virtual ward model adopting methods from inpatient services to manage service user treatment length expectations and work flow North West Adult Community Services £22,800 24/01/2017 In principle funding approval - idea to be developed further in collaboration with support service or as part of another workstream
Anna-Marie Newman Sensory garden Install sensory garden and adult recreation equipment   to  encourage service users to spend time in the garden engaging in therapeutic activities and developing independence skills Lexden Hospital Learning Disabilities Assessement & Treatment Unit £7,985 24/01/2017 Idea / options / alternatives to be explored   further - advice given
Isabel Worsely Suicide prevention peer support Commission a pilot from Mind Hertfordshire Network to deliver a peer support volunteering project recruiting and training individuals with experience of mental ill health to support clients identified as high risk for suicide East & South East Adult Community Services £24,905 24/01/2017 Idea / options / alternatives to be explored   further - advice given
Caroline McBrien Think Delirium infomration materials To produce some RAID specific “Think delirium” information material for healthcare staff and service users / carers to help raise awareness of symptoms and causes and management / treatment strategies for current and future care RAID Teams / A&E departments £769 24/01/2017 Approved & fully funded
Alex Jones Physical health improvement Promoting physical health improvmeent through facilitating supported exercise in the community SW Adult Community Team £2,784 29/03/2017 Idea / options / alternatives to be explored   further - advice given
Sharon Everett GERT suits To have the ability to increase peoples understanding of ageing, dementia and health relate conditions through an age simulation suit Essex LD Serices £3,970 29/03/2017 Funding not approved - advice given
Grace Fysh Multisensory Storytelling for People with LD Create sensory stories to demonstrate the effectiveness of such a tool in engaging service users LD Community ATS £422 29/03/2017 Approved & fully funded
Claire Fenlon Nutritics software To trial the use of a dietary analysis computer package supprting reduced time Dietitians spend on detailed micronutrient analysis and increasing the accuracy of dietary analysis results Community LD services £2,624 29/03/2017 Approved & fully funded
Isabel Worsely Suicide prevention peer support Commission a pilot from Mind Hertfordshire Network to deliver a peer support volunteering project recruiting and training individuals with experience of mental ill health to support clients identified as high risk for suicide East & South East Adult Community Services £24,905 29/03/2017 Approved & fully funded
Lipi Zaman-Dara Improving IT access in the library Hands free tablets for quick access to e-mails and e-learning Library £1,996 29/03/2017 Funding not approved - advice given
Tanya Lovett CEDS Partnerhsip Development Worker Employ a fixed term worker for 6 months to initiate self sustaining 3rd sector partnerships and services that complement   HPFT eating disorders provision Community Eating Disorders Service £15,000 31/05/2017 Idea / options / alternatives to be explored   further - advice given
Tom Rice Making Services Better Group Improving the experiecen of access to services through 'what to experct' videos and enabling wider dissemination / access to positive practice events and workshops through video capture LD Services £2,873 31/05/2017 Approved & alternative funding identified
Keiley Phillips Secure services yoga classes Increase physical health, wellbeing, and activeness through the provision of dynamic and interesteding yoga classes Broadland Clinic £1,200 31/05/2017 Approved & fully funded
Patrick Larsson Phobia Clinic and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Specialist Phobia Clinic for simple and complex phobias where Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy will be trialled in an IAPT setting. Essex IAPT £24,893 04/08/2017 Approved & alternative funding identified
Fiona Green Partnership with The Princes Trust 1 Year Pilot with The Princes Trust to deliver a comprehensive Supported Employment Programme for service users with First Episode Psychosis FEP Service £30,000 04/08/2017 Application > £25k - business case to Executive required
Sharon Everett GERT suits To have the ability to increase peoples understanding of ageing, dementia and health relate conditions through an age simulation suit Essex LD Serices £3,970 26/09/2017 In principle funding approval - idea to be developed further in collaboration with support service or as part of another workstream
Amy Foster Outdoor Gym To create a safe place that is accessible for everyone at LPH to use to exercise. Little Plumstead Hospital £15,000 26/09/2017 In principle funding approval - idea to be developed further in collaboration with support service or as part of another workstream
Claire Plackett Sensory integration training Increasing the number of SI practitioners and increased training for Health Support Worker within the Bucks LDT Bucks LD services £6,500 26/09/2017 Funding not approved - advice given
Cham Manganzo Interactive whiteboard Save time and increase efficiency during within the RAID service using interactive electronic whiteboard during handover and presentation etc Lister RAID £4,200 28/11/2017 Approved & fully funded
Rajnish Attavar Books beyond words Develop an app to support staff to communicate with service users about the care they receive, the challenges they face and to help them identify their own solutions. Bucks LD services £25,000 28/11/2017 Funding not approved - advice given
Fiona Roberts The Therapeutic Engagement of networks of support within Acute Service Provision A pilot to investigate the benefits of therapeutic engagement of service user’s network of support within acute mental health services. Albany Lodge / Acute Inpatient £22,604 28/11/2017 Approved & fully funded
Billy Boland Recovery App A smartphone app to help HPFT service users and carers on their recovery journey Adult community (starting point) £25,000 15/02/2018 Funding not approved - advice given
Sue Hussey Pro Screen Safety & Security Screening Increasing safety through the use of a non invasive ferrous metal screening device Inpatient services £25,000 15/02/2018 Approved & fully funded
Rajnish Attavar Books beyond words Develop an app to support staff to communicate with service users about the care they receive, the challenges they face and to help them identify their own solutions. Bucks LD services £25,000 15/02/2018 In principle funding approval - idea to be developed further in collaboration with support service or as part of another workstream