Releasing innovation across the district

Over 150 people from the Bradford district and Craven recently joined forces in a bid to release innovation across health and care services.

Health and social care staff, along with staff from voluntary and community services, supported the ‘Learning and Innovation event’ in October, which aimed to encourage people to share their ideas and experiences.  

Organised on behalf of the Integration and Change Board, the event aimed to create a platform for innovation to grow and transform the way services are delivered across the district. 

Kersten England, Chief Executive at Bradford Council, opened the event and said: “We must provide opportunities to share and learn from one another and promote opportunities for creativity. This is the start of such opportunities.”

To help promote inspiration and stimulate further creativity, five established health and care projects showcased their approaches to delivering new models of cares, as part of the morning workshops.

Staff from the Primary Care Wellbeing Service, Bradford Beating Diabetes, Gold Line Service, Bradford’s Healthy Hearts and the Sanctuary at Mind shared their personal experiences in creating new ways of working and highlighted any challenges addressed.

The afternoon sessions gave people the opportunity to discuss the learning from the workshops and develop ideas to change and transform the way services are delivered.

Reflecting back on the event, Karl Mainprize executive medical director at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “It was overwhelming to see such enthusiasm and motivation to work together. It was evident that there is a real appetite to work differently to innovate and meet the challenges we face; and we hope to repeat events like these.”

He urged people to continue to connect and said: “None of us is as smart as all of us.”  

Take a look at photographs, videos and tweets from the day by viewing the storify

SAVE THE DATE - the next event will take place on Friday 19 May 2017 at the Mercure Hotel in Bingley. Visit the Eventbrite page for more information and to book your place.