22 December 2016

Bright Ideas slay the dragons

Dragons_250The 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' (pictured) are:

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 disabilities services
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.

Wishing Well
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 Hospital

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 charitable fund."

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.


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