Managers pitch ideas in the Dragons Den

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Managers across the Trust pitched ideas for improvements to the Executive team in a Dragon’s Den style event.

Over the last few weeks all of our managers were invited to attend a leadership development course run by Get Real Change. These one-day sessions brought managers together from different teams to explore what leadership should look like within EEAST. They were also charged with brainstorming and developing exciting ideas for improvements at the Trust.

As with the TV series, seven ideas were pitched, where the managers had ten minutes to convince a ‘dragon’ to sponsor their idea. The ‘dragons’ were Dorothy Hosein, Dr Tom Davis, Kevin Smith, Nicola Ward, Marcus Bailey, Julie Hollings and Sudha Pavanakumar of the Executive Team.

The ideas pitched and successfully sponsored were:

Shaun Cross - Patient & Staff Feedback Service
For frontline colleagues to hear how their patients are doing and to ask patients directly about their experience of EEAST and how we can improve the service.
Exec Sponsor: Dr Tom Davis, Medical Director

Matt Bell and Lou Donno - Mental Health First Aid
To provide Mental Health first aid training throughout the Trust.
Exec sponsor: Dorothy Hosein, CEO.

Carl Friar - Rostered Development Days
To put in place regular protected development days that move beyond professional updates (PUs).
Exec Sponsor: Marcus bailey, COO.

Ben Jacobs - Final Hour of Shift Policy
An idea which will have a big impact on staff and their ability to finish on time.
Executive sponsor: Nicola Ward, Interim Head of Strategy.

Mark Haynes - HR: Quality with Pace
A strategic approach to achieving world class HR. To establish an advisory group to help build requirements. 
Exec sponsor: Sudha Pavankumar, Interim Deputy Director for HR

Laura Spears - Last Wish Bus
To a
llow all EEAST staff to take part in a great initiative to give terminally ill people a chance to fulfil their last wishes.
Exec sponsor: Kevin Smith, Director of Finance.

Jordan Nicholls and Adrian Penrose - Cafe Paramedique
The café is to allow informal discussions and share ideas across departmental boundaries.
Exec sponsor: Julie Hollings, Director of Communications


Dorothy commented:

"This was a great initiative and really central to making the improvements needed in the Trust. It was wonderful to see so many good ideas from across the Trust.

“I was really keen to be the sponsor for the mental health first aid project as the health and well-being of our people is absolutely paramount to me. We need to ensure that we support our colleagues in the workplace effectively  and this project will enable us to do just that."


The full Dragon’s Den EEAST episode will be available to view on Need to Know soon where you will be able to watch the ideas being pitched and how they won over the Execs for sponsorship. We will also be following the progress of all the ideas and how they develop over the next few months.  

Published 9th December 2019

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