Innovation Showcase


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LCFT Innovation Showcase

Below are some Innovations ideas that we have pursued at LCFT. Please contact us to learn more about these.

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Discuss This! board game - part of Supportive Environment Encouraging Development (SEED) 

LCFT Secure Services have developed a board game involving service users and carers in the design process of services. The “Discuss This” board game was devised in order to facilitate a more relaxed atmosphere and fun way to gather information.  The aim of the project is to enable service users, staff and carers to contribute to the design process and to develop better design solutions by re thinking the approach of gathering information and contributing.

The game development was initially funded via a £5000 National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) award. The original aim of the SEED Game was to develop a format to help facilitate group discussions with individuals who may not have the confidence or communication skills to contribute to an unstructured group discussion. Whilst it was originally developed as part of the SEED project it became apparent that the generic format of the game could be applied to facilitate group discussions around a wide range of subjects in a large number of settings including schools, hospitals and care homes. The potential of the game was recognised by Speechmark, a leading UK producer of educational games and resources.

The tone of the “Discuss This” game and the experience of playing is not serious but the goals they accomplish are.  The board game process has identified new alternative ways of working and has given people the opportunity to learn, reflect and improve service delivery regarding involvement.

Read more about the project here. "Discuss This!" can be bought here.

Discuss This board game

What We Do

The ‘What We Do’ project aims to develop mobile working for community nurses by helping them to manage their diaries more effectively and to collect information about activities. Every clinician in the Blackburn with Darwen District and Community Nursing Team will be given a mobile device, which they’ll take with them to visit patients and record basic information about what they did during the visit. For the first time, they’ll be able to see any changes to diary entries without returning to their place of work, and to stay in touch with colleagues by email and instant messaging. By providing access to key information ‘in the field’, the number of trips to base will be reduced, thereby saving time, costs and the environment!

Estates & Facilities Environmental Sustainability 

In order to deliver an effective and efficient healthcare service, whilst delivering on the sustainability agenda, the Trust has developed a Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP). The SDMP sets out our commitments toward achieving targets on carbon emissions reduction. The NHS target is to reduce carbon emissions by 10% by 2015. By working with our maintenance department we are identifying opportunities for supplying Trust buildings with energy more efficiently, including installation of solar panels on the LSU building at Guild Park and the design of the new Harbour building with a biomass boiler to save over 50% of carbon emissions compared with a standard boiler.

Estates and Facilities are also involved with a number of other projects including waste management through recycling and also conservation at the Trust’s Guild Park site. In particular, the service users at Guild Park are invited to learn new skills such as woodwork to enable them to build nesting boxes for bats, birds, owls and hedgehogs.

Early Years Healthy Heroes

The Early Years Healthy Heroes project is based around a resource pack consisting of 18 cards displaying four characters known as the ‘Healthy Heroes’ and their sidekick ‘Freddie the Frog’. The pack also contains other materials such as a hand puppet and reward stickers to encourage children to engage.

Each card addresses a healthy lifestyle theme and offers suggestions to support families in establishing good habits and healthy lifestyles for the benefit of their children. The ideas are fun and simple to incorporate into everyday routines.

The project is currently being delivered and evaluated in Children’s Centres with the aim of reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity when children start school in Reception year. This is based on current evidence and research that suggests lifestyle patterns and behaviours are established in the first few years of a child’s life.

Hand Hygiene DVD

An informative DVD about hand hygiene has been used for training purposes across Lancashire Care. The DVD has been produced at no cost to the organisation and has helped the department responsible to reduce the amount of time spent going out training on the subject.  Notably, the Hand Hygiene DVD won a Trust Innovation Award 2011

The Mental Health Clustering Tool

The project is based on a method of identifying groups of service users with similar types and level of need. Groups are known as ‘clusters’, these been adopted by the Government to modernise how services are commissioned and paid for. The project has developed a clinical system to assist in assigning ‘clusters’ saving clinicians time.

Reshaping the Rheumatology Department at the Minerva Health Centre

The ground-breaking Minerva Health Centre, in the heart of the Preston community, is one of the first of its kind in the country, offering a state-of-the-art facility for treating long-term conditions. The rheumatology team moved to the site in September 2010. Making the move to the community site meant adapting from working with an under-staffed service in a hospital setting to one with a full multi-disciplinary team. The focus has been on reviewing patients who had effectively been lost to follow-up, minimising risk and enhancing the existing service. Significant work has been undertaken by all members of the service to develop clinical pathways. The clinical team have successfully engaged with teaching and research to enhance the service model. There has been an emphasis on collaborative working with Clinical Commissioning Groups to discuss clinical pathways, neighbouring rheumatology teams to promote shared practice and industry to support service development.

Young People Making a Difference

The Junction is an inpatient unit for young people with acute mental health needs. A transformation in the approach to catering at The Junction has been led by young people at the unit as part of a wider therapeutic programme. The transformation shows how meaningful participation can move service delivery forward. The project showcase includes a short film showing how the new self-catering model works in practice and members can sample some of the project outcomes – cakes and biscuits!

“Your Time” Sessions 

Your Time” sessions are facilitated on Lancashire Care’s older people’s inpatient wards as part of an approach to engaging meaningfully with older people with dementia. The “Your Time” approach will be illustrated with reference to a project called ‘A Day at the Seaside’ undertaken with patients on Talbot Ward, where patients took a virtual tram ride down the Fylde coast, reminiscing about places they went to when they were a child and went to the seaside. The outcomes of the project have been captured on a reminiscence picture wall.

Track and Trigger System 

This project has been managed by Blackburn’s Community Matron Team. The project aims to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions in Blackburn with Darwen.

PHC check (Rethink tool)

We know that there are a number of factors that contribute to poor physical health for people with mental health problems. For many people with severe mental illness, social stigma, poverty, limited housing options and reduced social networks contribute to the problem, as do difficulties in accessing physical health care. The physical health of those with severe mental illness can frequently be overlooked and poorly monitored.

This is an important issue that needs to be addressed. Rethink have recently redeveloped the Physical Health Check tool (PHC), which is designed to help to improve the monitoring of physical health for people with severe mental illness. This tool is used successfully within the Recovery Team and since its introduction has increased awareness not just around physical health but healthy eating and healthy lifestyle, improved working relations with GP’s and service users and more importantly, in some cases, has identified previously undiagnosed physical illnesses.

Vocational Pathway

The vocational pathway is about our service users having a conversation with an occupational therapist or their support worker to look at the balance between leisure, work and rest. We aim to clarify a person’s aspirations and hopes for a more socially inclusive and meaningful future.

The vocational pathway is a framework in order to help illicit ideas and encourage discussion and look at the barriers to becoming more productive and contributing towards their recovery.