Combining together a fantastic bunch of people working for the trust with representation from service users and carers we set out throughout the day to innovate and look for new ideas and innovations that we could make happen to improve inpatient mental health care for people in Berkshire which already has a good rating from the CQC.
Having worked variously in mental health over the years I always find it a fascinating place to engage, passionate people working tremendously hard with often difficult circumstance and subject matter. My hats off to these brilliant and often unsung heroes of the NHS - I always get a truly authentic feeling that they truly care about the difference they make to people's lives when faced with mental health issues or trauma.
As these events occur it's not always easy to know where to turn for help, and given that one in four people in the UK at some stage in their lives will be affected by a mental health issue the fact that so many excellent people are there for us is why the NHS is so important.
No system is perfect. In exploring how to improve the already excellent work that BHFT already undertake, 20 of us hacked through ideas, scenarios, and dreams for a world class service.
The below are my reflections on some of the themes that emerged:
The image for this blog was painted as we explored our ideas and a metaphor for many of the areas we reviewed and presented as part of BHFTs We Are Brighter Together innovation day.
Big thank you to the team for having me along and especially Elaine Williams and David Monk.
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