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Time to Effectively Manage Change

NHE1Our Associate in Residence, Professor David Shore recently spoke to the National Health Executive magazine while in the UK to host an event as part of our Development Programme for those aiming to become Higher Performing Healthcare Organisations.

Professor Shore spoke to the journalist about the importance of finding ways to become more efficient within the NHS, and that there is an extortionate amount of time spent wasted in meetings that deliver very little. He suggests that "organisations should reframe how they talk about meetings. If a one-hour meeting is attended by 12 people, it’s referred to as a 12-hour meeting, reflecting the human capital it takes up, or else a (for instance) “£193 meeting”, reflecting the potential cost in wages.”

National health Executive has run a whole article in this month’s edition following the interview – you can read it by clicking here.

We are looking forward to welcoming Professor Shore to the UK once again in November when he will be hosting a number of seminars around managing change, innovation and great leadership as part of our annual programme.

There is currently only one space remaining in this year’s programme – if your organisation is interested in hosting one of these unique events then please contact the Enable East team.

Evaluating what works...

evaluationEnable East has been delighted to work on a number of evaluations recently, looking at the effectiveness and impact of the services local charities provide for the people within their communities.

One of the latest evaluations to be published was that of the ‘Supporting Carers in Essex’ service; a collaboration of six local organisations who brought together a wealth of knowledge and experience in how to best support carers.

We initially carried out surveys with those who had accessed the services, as well as speaking to staff and volunteers to understand what the services offered the local community, and what impact they had had on people’s lives.

Following analysis of data and collating feedback from stakeholders, Enable East created an overall picture of the service and broke down the areas into focused chunks, highlighting areas of good practice and providing suggestions for improvement.

Evaluations such as these are an invaluable tool for charities looking to secure future funding as they demonstrate the value their service adds to the community. They are also a fantastic way of celebrating the incredible work that is carried out in charities and not-for-profit organisations all over the country.

If your organisation is interested in commissioning an evaluation of your service, please get in touch so we can discuss your requirements in more detail.

Enable East visits Manchester for the 2016 NHS Confed event

Confed eventEnable East recently spent time in Manchester for the NHS Confed annual conference. This was an excellent opportunity to showcase our portfolio of work and talk to delegates about how we might help them in future projects. We enjoyed the chance to share news of projects we’ve been working on with potential new customers and our fresh new collection of brochures and infographic boards helped us tell our story.

The event’s itinerary included speeches from key figures such including Dame Kelly Holmes, as well as a number of breakout sessions looking at issues such as sustainability and transformation as well as how to demonstrate value in public health.

Following the conference we have followed up with a number of people that we spent time talking to and are now wondering just how many more people are now drinking their morning cup of tea out of an Enable East mug!

Building Better Opportunities Update

BLF ESF3The team at Enable East are currently developing our Business Plan for the second stage of our bid to secure funding from the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund for our ‘Enabling Opportunities in Essex’ programme.

We have to submit our plan in early September, and so we are currently pulling together all the information we need in order to do this. We have met with our delivery partners to discuss how the programme will be shaped and are excited to be moving into this next phase of designing an original and innovative programme that will support those with mental health issues who have been long-term unemployed back to work.

We will keep you updated with our progress and let you know of any major milestones throughout the process.

E-learning programme to support improved care for serving personnel, veterans and their families

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, with support from NHS England, has launched an e-learning programme to help increase understanding of the armed forces population and facilitate improved care and treatment. The programme covers current serving personnel, veterans and their families.

Whilst many aspects of health need are the same as the general public, there are sometimes significant differences, particularly in relation to conditions attributable to service life and the impact upon families. These differences can be reflected in the way in which healthcare is delivered, the range and types of services provided and the long-term impact upon patients and families.

The e-learning programme is designed to highlight both the similarities and differences to help health and social care personnel to understand the context of military life and how to appropriately respond to patient need. Visit the e-LfH website to find out more.

Enable East has experience of working closely with the veterans community, having played an integral role in establishing Veterans First in 2012, a veterans local community mental health service staffed by individuals with extensive experience of working with the armed forces community. Veterans First provides expert assessment of individuals with veterans status who have mental health needs and ensures that those individuals receive the care and support needed in relation to service-related conditions.

The service was highly commended in the 2015 Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards in three categories and won the Mental Health Award at the 2014 Nursing Standards Nurse Awards.

Veterans First provides diagnosis and medication, one-to-one individual work or group sessions, specialist psychological and individual treatment plans, support groups and signposting to other services.

People Matter: inspiring event aimed at widening participation in health and care

PM-event-2Enable East recently helped to coordinate a national event in London which aimed to showcase success, and identify untapped potential and opportunities to achieve a workforce across health and care that is more representative of the communities it seeks to serve.

The People Matter: Widening Participation in Health and Care event saw over 300 delegates attending to hear from a range of speakers from organisations such as the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) and Health Education England. The event focused on aspiration and awareness of opportunity for those looking to work for within health and care and encouraged delegates to share their successes of how work they've done has encouraged wider participation.

The organisers have produced a special website dedicated to telling the story of the event, with photos and videos of those attending. Visit the website by clicking here.

One slot left on our Annual Development Programme for Higher Performing Healthcare Organisations - book now.

harvard 15This year's annual programme, run in collaboration with Professor David A. Shore of Harvard University is taking place from the 7th - 11th November and we have one available slot left for an organisation to take part.

The week comprises of world class seminars from one of the world's leading authorities on change management, innovation, building and rebuilding trust and strategic marketing. This year we have added another three brand new topic to choose from: Strategic Planning; Managing Risk; and The Best of Both Worlds: Linking Change Management with Project Management.

Seminars will take place at your choice of venue and can be adapted to meet your organisation's specific requirements. Places on this programme fill extremely quickly so if you would like to book our last remaining slot then contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Find out more about our programme by clicking here.

Learning about what works in well-being

blfwellbeing-instagram-graphic-1080pxapr16-physicalactThe Big Lottery Fund has released its evaluation of their Wellbeing 2 programme, of which Enable East's Well-being in the East was part.

Sharing their findings across platforms such as Twitter and blogs on their Big Blog site, Well-being in the East had a number of mentions to highlight our particular successes in influencing and developing strategic links with commissioners as well as engaging hard to reach groups.

We were honoured to be part of the programme, and enjoyed working with the numerous projects who made up our portfolio, all focusing on increasing well-being and resilience within our local communities. The full evaluation report has now been published and you can read it by clicking here. You can also view some infographics which give an overview of the outcomes related to the three main strands of the programme - mental well-being, physical activity and healthy eating.

Find out more about the impact our Well-being in the East portfolio had on local communities by reading our 'Sharing Stories' document.

Watch Enable East's 'Extraordinary People' on BBC2 Horizon - 7th June 9pm

Horizon promo photoFollowing filming in December, Extraordinary People will now be featured on BBC2's Horizon programme on Tuesday 7th June at 9pm. The programme investigates different factors that can have an impact on a person's weight, such as our DNA, rather than relying on the age old myth that people simply need to 'eat less and exercise more'. Tune in and let us know what you think by following Extraordinary People on Facebook or on our Extraordinary People website.

Enable East selected for Building Better Opportunities development grant

BLF ESF3We are delighted to announce that Enable East has been selected to further develop proposals for a project in Essex as part of the Building Better Opportunities fund, supported by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Our proposed project is entitled Enabling Opportunity in Essex and if successful in this second phase, Enable East will deliver a programme that provides better opportunities for people in Essex who experience mental health problems and are long term unemployed over a three year period. We will of course keep you updated with our progress.