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My Medway Innovation Institute Placement

My Medway Innovation Institute Placement

1st March 2021, marked the first day of my placement with Medway Innovation Institute… My name is Sadia and I am a trainee on the General Management Scheme at Medway. As part of my strategic placement, I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside Lee ...
Talking Health Leadership Conference

Talking Health Leadership Conference

Last month we attended the ‘Talking Health Leadership’ conference aimed at the, often left behind, middle managers in healthcare. This fantastic event was attended by 120 delegates from 11 different NHS organisations. The initiative was established by an ...
My Perfect Week in Theatres

My Perfect Week in Theatres

Hi, my name is Jenny Chong and I have hemophobia. For someone who watches the gory scenes in Chicago Med peeking behind her fingers, standing in a theatre watching live surgery is probably not a ‘perfect day’, yet here I was in Main Theatre 3 as part of the ...
Reflecting on personal change

Reflecting on personal change

At the end of September I took a chance in moving from an organisation I had been at for 4 years and moved to Medway Foundation trust taking on the role of Head of QI & GIRFT. This was not a decision I took lightly, my previous organisation was going through a ...
Care, Listen and Understand

Care, Listen and Understand

I was delighted to host a fascinating and at times confronting Big Conversation earlier this month, about autism and learning disabilities through the Medway Innovation Institute. The reason we do the Big Conversations is because we want to stimulate ...
Food for thought. Thoughts for food.

Food for thought. Thoughts for food.

When you’re sick, what you eat and drink is so important to accelerating your recovery and making sure you don’t lose your muscle mass and functional mobility when spending lots of time in a hospital bed. More than that, one of the things that can make for a ...
Building back better

Building back better

Much has been written about digitisation and innovation being a rare COVID-19 silver lining – including by me! So much so, I am increasingly spending my time trying to build into the way we do things, some of the positive aspects of how we problem-solved during the
One hospital, one mission: what COVID-19 has taught me.

One hospital, one mission: what COVID-19 has taught me.

Author: Jane Westhead, Clinical Lead for Innovation, Medway Innovation Institute | Matron, Critical Care Reflecting on the past months, I am so proud of my team’s adaptability, resilience and camaraderie throughout COVID-19. But one thing that has really ...
Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) and reflections on COVID-19

Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR) and reflections on COVID-19

When the Medway Innovation Institute gave me the chance to write something on EPRR (Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response) I was surprised that anyone would be interested in two pages on the subject (other than me) as, I get that for hospital staff, or ...
Communicating during a crisis

Communicating during a crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in many ways, and in particular, the way we work. Businesses and organisations across the globe have felt the impact and have had to adapt and innovate in order to continue functioning. The Communications Team at MFT ...
The highs and lows of home working

The highs and lows of home working

Working from home might feel like a welcome relief to many. It might mean an extra hour in bed, time for a run, no stressful commute to and from work, your posh coffee in your favourite mug and generally you can remain productive and well while continuing to ...
Be more Adam.

Be more Adam.

The launch of the Medway Innovation Institute has been a hectic, exciting and daunting time for me this past couple of weeks. So much so, I probably let something quite important pass me by without proper acknowledgement. Last week, Adam Walton left Medway NHS ...