22 December 2016
Bright Ideas slay the dragons
The winners of this year's Bright
Ideas, AWP's innovation competition that turns staff ideas into
reality, have been announced.
Following a tough assessment process culminating in pitches to a
dragons' den-style panel, we are delighted that four exciting
projects have been successful in securing funding from our second
Bright Ideas competition. The four will share £15,000 from AWP's charitable fund.
The four Bright Ideas selected by AWP's formidable 'dragons'
You, me and EUPD
Shirlie Arulanandam, consultant psychiatrist and Claire John,
clinical psychologist, Recovery Team Swindon
Service users, carers and professionals will work together to
co-produce, co-deliver and co-receive recovery focused courses for
people with Emotional Unstability Personality Disorder. Funding
will be used to professionally produce a bound manual of course
materials entitled You, me and EUPD.
Enhancing Accessibility: using cartoons in learning
Wendy Goodman, forensic senior nurse and Amy Canning, clinical
psychologist, Learning Disabilities Service
People with learning disabilities and autism often rely on
visual imagery to understand and conceptualise information and
feelings. Bright Ideas funding will pay for a subscription to an
internet cartoon package to create and customise illustrated
stories and scenarios for assessments, explaining care pathways and
drawing up relapse prevention plans.
Dawn Corse, occupational therapist, Care Home Liaison Team,
Callington Road Hospital
Funds will be used to produce Wishing Well, a traditional board
game designed to facilitate challenging discussions and help those
with dementia communicate their Advanced Care Planning needs in the
right way and at the right pace for each person.
Stride Out: therapeutic horse care
Karen Pratt, occupational therapist, Southmead
This Bright Idea will improve service user recovery and
wellbeing through six pony care sessions, designed to allow
inpatient service users with acute mental health issues to build
wellbeing, self-esteem and social skills through bonding, building
trust, and learning simple, safe, achievable horse care.
Ernie Messer, AWP non-executive director and chair of the
charitable funds committee, said, "I want to emphasise my sincere
thanks to everyone who has taken part in this year's Bright Ideas.
All the ideas demonstrated great creativity, commitment and passion
for improving service users' experience.
"I loved the finalists and their ideas, some of which are
completely innovative in mental health services. It genuinely has
been an outstanding performance by you all. Thank you also to all
the people who have made this possible by donating to our
Dragon-slayer Claire John, said, "The dragons were warm and
friendly and really interested in what we had to say, asking
questions but also giving us useful tips to think about. It was a
fun experience and great to be supported by them."
Short and full versions of a film about the innovative
projects previously supported by our first Bright Ideas competition
in 2014 are available on our Youtube channel.
AWP's charitable fund page gives details of the fund
and how to donate.
Picture shows the 'dragons' left to right: Ernie
Messer, non-executive director and chair of the charitable funds
committee; Tricia Long, carer representative; Rebecca Eastley,
medical director; and Mark Earl, service user representative.