Enjoying Work Collaborative

The Enjoying Work collaborative launches summer 2021. This exciting programme will provide opportunities for a range of health care teams across the UK to use quality improvement techniques to help their staff gain more enjoyment from the vital work they're doing, and improve team members' wellbeing.

Participating teams will be able to:

  • adopt a 'Joy in Work' framework
  • share ideas with other teams and provide feedback on what has worked and what hasn't
  • access data, reports and guidance on implementing new approaches.

The collaborative will be supported by our national improvement lead, Dr Amar Shah, our director of the NCCMH Tom Ayers, our CCQI director Peter Thompson and an experienced team of Quality Improvement Coaches.

Teams will come together for 6 sessions over the 12-month collaborative to share learning, scheduled for :

  • Tuesday 6 July 2021, 3-5pm
  • Wednesday 8 September 2021, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 16 November 2021, 2021 11am-1pm
  • Thursday 6 January 2022, 2-4pm
  • Tuesday 8 March 2022, 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022, 2-4pm

To find out more about this exciting initiative please contact enjoyingwork@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Each team that joins the collaborative will be allocated a skilled and experienced QI coach who will work with the team to test ideas to improve joy and wellbeing, collect data to understand the impact of changes and help them to overcome barriers in their work. 

There will be a two-month lead in time where teams on the collaborative will be supported to ensure that they are set up to do the work, and then 10 months support by a QI coach to test ideas and embed changes. All the teams on the collaborative will connect virtually six times over the course of the collaborative in learning sessions designed to share ideas and take inspiration from each other. If circumstances allow us to bring back large meetings in-person, we may switch to a combination of in-person and virtual learning sessions.

The wellbeing of the workforce is a core concern for all trusts and boards. This improvement collaborative offers an opportunity for teams to implement proven strategies to improve wellbeing and joy in work, learn from other teams across the country and to make sustained and measurable changes. 

The work is done at a team level, and you can put forward as many teams as you would like and from any setting to the collaborative. We have also seen from previous collaboratives that organisations have been able to capitalise on the work of participating teams to spread innovation across their services.

The exact time and resource required varies from team to team, but an estimation of the time commitment has been included below:

  • Project lead – each team should have an identified project lead to lead the work in the team and be the key point of liaison with the QI coach.
  • Senior sponsor – a senior sponsor will be someone who has operational responsibility for the service and sufficient influence over the system to be able to unblock any barriers faced by the team. This type of work will require active leadership attention and curiosity.
  • Project team – a small project team should be established including staff of all grades and service users for clinical teams. The project team should meet regularly throughout the project, ideally weekly or fortnightly – the QI coach will also attend these meetings.
  • Learning sets/clinics – there will be monthly learning sets and clinics throughout where we will bring together all teams on the collaborative to share their work and learn together.
  • Data collection – teams will be required to collect data according to our agreed measurement plan to understand the impact of the work.

The QI coach will maintain contact throughout in a way that is agreed with the project lead in each participating team.

It is important for the success of the work that the team(s) that are put forward have had a conversation and agreed to take part in the collaborative.

All teams are eligible. They will need the ability to meet regularly, attend the learning sets and implement the change ideas they have in their team. The collaborative is suitable for both clinical and non-clinical teams.

The collaborative is solely funded by subscriptions and the fee for membership is £4,300 per team (excluding VAT). We are writing out now to gauge interest and to see whether the collaborative is viable, which would require a minimum of around 35 teams across the UK to join. 

If you want to put several teams forward to join the collaborative, we would be able to reduce the cost per team by 10%. 

A team would be on the collaborative for a period of 12 months (as described above). If the collaborative is successful, we would look to run a second cohort in a year’s time.

We would expect the collaborative to begin at the beginning of 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the first year, please complete and submit an online expression of interest form by 5pm on Friday 5th March 2021.

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