The Den comes alive at RCHT

Life size cut outs of Peter Jones and Deborah Meadon are not what you would naturally expect to find at Royal Cornwall Hospital but they took to then stage alongside the Trust’s own panel of ‘dragons’ as the Trust hosted The Den @RCHT, the hospitals version of the hit BBC show.
The event which was a joint initiative from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity and the Quality Improvement Team at the Trust saw 17 members of staff emerge from the lift doors and face the panel of four dragons consisting of Trust Senior Managers and representation from local business, to pitch their brilliant idea in a bid to win funding from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity general funds.A total prize pot of £18k was up for grabs in 6 pots of £3k, but in the end the panel faced such difficult decisions that some additional funding was allocated.

Funds were awarded to the following projects, all with the aim of enhancing the care provided across the Trust.

  • Emergency Department pitched by Fay Mills & Sophie Dews – awarded £2998 for ED’s own simulation manikin.
  • Anaesthetics pitched by Dr Lewis Connolly – awarded £2890 for a portable handheld ultrasound probe and iPad.
  • CITS Clinical Projects pitched by Andy Hayers – awarded £430 for resources to facilitate Walking Meetings.
  • Aural Care pitched by Jenny Feenan – awarded £3900 for cameras for the Aural Care clinics.
  • Maternity pitched by Parveen Verasingam – awarded £2500 for the creation of a Virtual Reality Maternity Tour.
  • Vascular Surgery Amputation Working Group pitched by Rachel Barnes, Tamzin Elford, Paul Nicholls, Melissa Ley and Jenny Carter)- awarded £3000 for the production of support packs for amputee patients, their families and carers.
  • Kerensa Ward pitched by Hayley Townsend and Jake Drage – awarded £3000 for music systems in each bay on the ward.
  • Department of Anaesthesia, Theatres pitched by Danny McLaughlin – awarded £2379 for tablet devices for awake surgery patients.
  • Health Play Team pitched by Deborah Charles – awarded £2750 for the production of Virtual Reality films.
  • Learning Disability and Autism pitched by Adrian Quest – awarded £3000 for the creation of 3D videos/tours of several areas within the hospital.

The event was a first for the Trust and was well received by everyone involved,

“We were overwhelmed by the number of applications for The Den and also the incredible amount of effort put into the preparation of pitches. It was incredible to witness the passion and commitment of the teams that presented and just incredible that our charity can provide funding to make so many of the ideas a reality,” said Karen Murrish Fundraising Manager for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.

“From the QI team perspective we felt that the excellent engagement in this event, that the culture of QI is starting to embed and we are very excited that this will benefit our patients and staff. The QI team are now working with all applicants to ensure all that all feasible ideas can be taken forward,” added Bev Wills, Quality Improvement Manager.

The dragon’s with the unenviable task of awarding the funding were; Sarah Pryce, (lead ‘dragon’), Non-Executive Director, RCHT; Rob Misselbrook, CEO, Mylor Ventures; Adam Wheeldon, Deputy Director of Finance, RCHT; Kerry Eldridge, Director of People & Organisational Development, RCHT ; Thomas Lafferty, Director of Strategy & Performance, RCHT and Kim O’Keeffe Chief Nurse RCHT & CFT. The event was compered by Claire Martin, Deputy Director of Nursing for the Trust.

Added on December 24, 2019, in Charity - RCHT Charity